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Buying The Best Gaming CPU For You [2020 Guide]

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Buying The Best Gaming CPU For You [2020 Guide]

Buying a processor (CPU) may seem intimidating at the outset, especially if you aren’t a tech expert.

Today, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know before buying a CPU, that way you’ll be fully equipped to make the best possible buying decision.

By the time we make it to our selection of products, you should be a bona fide expert in your own right, at least when it comes to CPU jargon.

If you already feel pretty comfortable with your CPU-related knowledge level, feel free to skip on down to our selection of our ten top picks.

If you feel like we’ve missed anything, also feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below, where we’ll work to address your issue as soon as possible!

With no further ado, let’s begin.

Best CPU for Gaming (Overview)

Here’s an overview for those of you just looking for some quick recommendations. For more in-depth info on why these are our top picks, continue reading.

NoteBest Gaming CPULink
Best Budget Gaming CPURyzen 5 1600AFInfo / Buy
Best Budget Gaming APUAMD Ryzen 3 3200GInfo / Buy
Best Mid-Range Gaming CPUIntel Core i5 9400FInfo / Buy
Best Mid-High Range Gaming CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600Info / Buy
Best Entry-High End Gaming CPUAMD Ryzen 7 3700XInfo / Buy
Best Ultra-High End Gaming CPUAMD Ryzen 9 3900XInfo / Buy

All You Need To Know About Buying A CPU

Difference between Intel and AMD processors

Let’s start with the fundamental difference between Intel and AMD processors.

First, there’s the obvious: AMD processors are only compatible with AMD motherboards (AMD Motherboard Guide), and the same applies to Intel (Intel Motherboard Guide).

We’ll discuss those specific compatibility concerns a little bit later.

AMD Ryzen vs Intel CPU

The main difference we want to touch upon here is in performance.

Namely, Intel CPUs excel in single-core performance, while AMD CPUs excel in multi-core performance.

This has been the status quo for quite a while, but the release of the Zen architecture in 2017 saw a significant shrinking of the gap between AMD and Intel processors in terms of single-core capabilities.

Intel still maintains a lead, but not by as massive a margin as they used to.

4 Game Medium Quality Benchmark

Additionally, AMD CPUs are notably more reliant on high-quality RAM in order to get the best performance. (Ryzen Memory Guide here)

Nowadays, buyers choosing between Intel and AMD processors will often be choosing based on price for performance or specific needs rather than raw performance alone.

Competitive gamers may lean toward Intel for every last frame possible, for instance, while Twitch streamers may lean toward AMD processors for the best possible streaming performance that doesn’t hurt their gaming FPS.

A word on CPU architectures, clock speed, and other specs

While it may be tempting to compare CPUs based on surface level specifications, this is actually a terrible idea.

The reason for this is because while other specs may seem to refer to the same thing, the underlying CPU architecture will dramatically impact performance.

Quad-core Intel CPUs from the mid-2000s, for instance, will be dramatically outperformed by quad-core Intel CPU from the mid-2010s, even if their clock speeds and core counts are the exact same.

IPC Uplift over Time

Image-Credit: AMD

The only time you can properly compare clock speed, core counts, and other such specs between two processors is when those processors share the same architecture.

For instance, any 9th Gen Intel Core CPU will use the same architecture, so performance will generally scale as expected with increasing core counts. (At least in multi-threaded applications. More on that in a bit.)

What are integrated graphics, and what is the difference between CPUs and APUs?

Integrated graphics refer to a graphics chip embedded into the CPU. These are present in most modern Intel CPUs, but only present in AMD APUs.

Intel CPUs without the integrated graphics chips have an “F” designation at the end of their name, and are often accompanied by the “K” indicating overclocking capability.

Intel Naming Schema CPU

Image-Credit: Intel

We’re going to go ahead and rip this next bandaid off: there is no fundamental difference between a CPU with integrated graphics and an APU.

APU, for the most part, is just a marketing term being pushed by AMD.

However, the graphics in AMD APUs tend to be much more powerful than the integrated graphics used by Intel processors. If you can’t afford a graphics card yet, this makes a Ryzen-based APU a viable option for budget users who plan to upgrade their PC later with a proper graphics card.

We’ve recommended one such product below, and we’ll discuss that scenario in more detail then.

What are cores and threads?

A CPU core is a physical processing core. In the context of CPU specifications, think of a thread as a virtual core seen by the operating system.

Here’s what a CPU “Die” (roughly 1cm x 1cm) looks under the microscope, and you can see one of the 8 Cores circled in white:

AMD Renoir CPU Core Die Shot - Gaming CPU

Image-Credit: AMD

For most processors, especially on the lower-end, the number of cores and threads will be the exact same.

Originally, CPUs only had a single processing core. It wasn’t until the early 2000s when this changed, and the first dual and quad-core processors began hitting the market.

At the time, each individual core could be considered a CPU in its own right, and having multiple CPUs on one chip greatly increased multi-tasking capabilities.

Over time, CPUs (Central Processing Units) have come to be understood as a single chip with multiple processing units (cores) inside, rather than a single chip with a single processing unit inside.

However, CPU technology didn’t stop at throwing multiple cores onto the same chip. With the advent of SMT and Hyperthreading, CPUs can now have more threads than physical cores!

What is SMT/Hyperthreading?

SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) and Hyperthreading refer to a technology that converts each physical core on the CPU into two virtual threads seen by the operating system.

Here’s how Intel likes to visualize it:

Intel Hyperthreading explained

Credit: Intel

In theory, this doubles the performance of the CPU in highly multi-threaded workloads, such as live streaming a game or rendering a video.

For gaming purposes, this generally doesn’t have much of an impact, and can actually have a negative impact for chips with a ridiculously high core count. (ie, AMD recommends disabling SMT on Threadripper chips when gaming.)

Modern games that are well-optimized for multi-core processors may benefit from enabling SMT, but in general you’ll want to prioritize the number of physical cores (and single-core performance) for gaming alone.

What are sockets and chipsets?

The socket is the physical socket in the motherboard that your CPU goes into, and the chipset is what your motherboard uses to manage your CPU.

Motherboard Socket and Chipset for Gaming explanation

Image-Credit: Gigabyte

You may think that if the CPU fits into the socket that it’ll be compatible, but thanks to multiple CPU generations sharing the same socket, this won’t always be the case.

The first thing you should look at when determining CPU compatibility is the chipset. The chipset determines a lot about what the system is capable of, ranging from CPU compatibility, overclocking capability, max memory speeds, and more.

As long as the chipset is listed as compatible with the CPU you’ve selected, you have nothing to worry about.

If you come across a motherboard with an older chipset but the same socket, you may still be in luck.

In many of these scenarios, the motherboard only needs a BIOS update to be compatible with the newer CPU generation, and it may even ship with that BIOS update applied! (This is common for B450-based boards, originally made for Ryzen 2 processors, being updated to work with Ryzen 3 processors.)

Here’s a quick look at the Ryzen CPU compatibility across AMD’s Chipsets.

AMD-Ryzen-4000-Zen-3-Vermeer-Desktop-CPU-AM4-Compatibility-Chart-1030x579[1]

Image-Credit: AMD

Be very careful in this scenario, though.

Many motherboards require an out-of-box compatible CPU to perform a BIOs update. Unless you have a CPU like that on hand, you’ll want to either ensure that the manufacturer is applying BIOs updates before shipping, or that the motherboard supports CPU-less BIOs updates.

If you don’t want to worry about all of this stuff, just opt for a newer motherboard with a newer chipset right off the bat.

What is clock speed, and how does it work?

Clock speed refers to the number of (clock) cycles, or operations, per second that a processor can achieve.

This was originally measured in megahertz, but as time has gone on and processors have increased in power, this is now being measured in gigahertz, leading to modern CPUs that are literally hundreds of times more powerful than their ancestors.

As you can see in this (somewhat simplified) slide from Intel, with each new Architecture, individual, single Cores get more powerful over time at the same power draw.

Performance per watt IPC CPU for Gaming

Image-Credit: Intel

As we mentioned prior, clock speed alone isn’t enough to determine the effective speed or power of a processor, since CPU architecture has a massive impact on how powerful those clocks are.

If two CPUs are otherwise identical or share the same architecture, however, the one with the higher clock speed will be faster.

Look at clock speed and other specs when comparing CPUs of the same architecture for a rough idea of how they perform compared to each other. For cross-brand or cross-architecture performance comparisons, look instead at synthetic and real-world benchmark numbers.

When clock speed specs are provided, you’re usually given two numbers: Base clock, and Boost clock.

Base clock is the guaranteed base clock that the CPU can achieve, provided it isn’t overheating.

CPUs will often operate below this base clock if the excess power isn’t needed at the time, though, like when idling or doing basic tasks.

turboBoost

Image-Source: Intel, Intel’s Turbo Boost

Boost clock measures what the CPU can achieve in ideal conditions, where the cooler is doing its job well and all of that extra performance is needed, like during rendering or gaming tasks.

When you see an “Up to” clock speed spec, that is referring to boost clock speeds. Boost clocks generally aren’t achieved full-time, especially with a weak stock cooler, but provide plenty of extra headroom without users needing to overclock.

The following slide shows Base and (Up To) Boost Clocks when AMD launched the 4th Gen Ryzen Mobile CPUs.

Clock Speeds Boost and Base clock in Gaming CPUs

Image-Credit: AMD

What is overclocking?

Overclocking refers to the act of manually increasing the clock speed of your CPU, GPU, or other component.

In the context of CPUs, overclocking is seen as a way to get great performance gains… so long as your memory, your motherboard’s VRMs, and your cooling setup can keep up.

CPU overclocking is a complex process that requires a lot of trial and error to get right, so it generally isn’t advised for newer or less-experienced PC builders to take on.

That being said, even if you don’t plan on overclocking, buying a processor capable of overclocking is still worth it for raw performance gains.

How do I know I can overclock my CPU?

If you’re using an AMD Ryzen CPU, congratulations: you can overclock it. Your motherboard and other components will still limit how far you can push that overclock, though.

Every Gaming CPU Ryzen can be overclocked

Image-Credit: AMD

If you’re using an Intel CPU, two requirements need to be met:

  • The CPU needs to have either a K or an X at the end of its name, both of which indicate overclocking ability
  • For -K series CPUs, the motherboard also needs to start with a Z (as in Z370, Z390..)

Overclocking with Intel incurs some extra costs, due to the necessity to buy your own cooler and opt for a more expensive motherboard.

Intel unlocked overclocking CPU

Image-Credit: Intel

When comparing pricing between Intel and AMD CPUs for overclocking, keep in mind platform pricing as well- CPU pricing alone doesn’t tell the full story here.

How do CPUs impact gaming performance?

In essence, the CPU determines the maximum gaming performance possible with your PC.

If you pair an Uber-powerful graphics card with a weak CPU, the GPU will not be able to reach its fullest potential, and result in a hard cap on performance that can’t be fixed by lowering settings.

FPS Indicator Warcraft 3 Reforged - Gaming CPU

Image-Source: Warcraft 3 Reforged showing the FPS Indicator

On the other hand, pairing a weak GPU with a strong CPU can still enable higher performance numbers, so long as in-game settings are lowered.

The reason it works this way is because the CPU is actually doing the bulk of the work. All your GPU is really doing is showing you the result of that work.

For this reason, many recommend buying a strong CPU today.

If you have a strong CPU, you’ll likely only need to upgrade your graphics card 3 or 4 years down the line in order to keep up with the latest games at high settings.

A weaker CPU today will limit the effectiveness of future GPU upgrades, but may be necessary in order to fit your budget properly.

Best Gaming CPU: Our Picks

We’ve chosen two popular titles to gauge CPU gaming value: CS:GO, and Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Both games can stress the CPU significantly, but CS:GO is fairly light on GPU resources while Fortnite is fairly demanding on both. CS:GO is more representative of lightweight eSports and last-gen titles, while Fortnite is more representative of modern titles.

Fortnite CPU Demanding

Image-Credit: EpicGames

You’ll notice that a lot of big performance goals start being hit relatively early on in this roundup, with 100+ FPS being possible in games from the very beginning.

CS:GO, in particular, starts hitting some engine limits before we’ve entered the proper ultra high-end.

Best CPU for CS:GO Gameplay

Image-Credit: CS:GO Valve

As the FPS figures start looking more and more similar later on in the article, look to the Passmark figures for an idea of raw CPU performance.

While the 3700X and 3900X will provide virtually-identical gaming performance, the 3900X is able to do so with much more resources to spare.

These resources can then be put toward, say, Twitch streaming your gameplay, or multitasking in the background.

Note: You will not achieve these numbers with GPUs in budget price ranges, and even if you do, you’ll need to lower many settings in order to achieve it. We’re providing CPU numbers assuming the GPU bottleneck isn’t a factor, but it often will be in budget price ranges. 

Even if you can’t hit these frames with the GPU you have today, however, knowing what they’re capable of with a better GPU can still help you make an informed buying decision.

Knowing the maximum capability of your CPU is important for GPU upgrades in the coming years.

#1 – Best Budget Gaming CPU: Ryzen 5 1600AF

AMD Ryzen 1600AF - Best CPU for Gaming

Image-Credit: AMD

Specs:

  • Architecture: Zen+
  • Chipset: AM4 Chipsets, out-of-box compatible with 400-Series and newer
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Clock Speed: Up to 3.6 GHz
  • Overclockable?: Yes
  • Cooler Included?: Yes, AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~250+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: ~120 FPS (Epic view distance, other settings dependent on GPU)
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 374
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 2736

While we originally intended to give this spot to the Intel Core i3-9100F, we believe that the Ryzen 5 1600 AF will serve as a better option for the majority of consumers.

This is mainly down to the stellar multi-core performance and value, which exceeds anything that Intel is doing in this price range. Honestly, it even starts to intrude on AMD’s own products…and part of that may be explainable by its confusing name.

Despite this being branded as a first-gen Ryzen chip, this is actually a refresh using the Zen+ architecture…in everything but name, this chip is essentially a Ryzen 5 2600.

While that’s confusing, we aren’t going to complain much, because that is still an incredibly powerful CPU for a sub-$100 price point! If AMD wants to eat into their own 2nd and 3rd Gen Ryzen sales with a chip like this, they can be our guest.

The Ryzen 5 1600AF should provide an incredibly solid experience in most modern games. While it trades blows with the 9100F in some, and is outright weaker in older, less-optimized titles, we still think it’s a great pick for your basic gaming needs.

Pushing your games to 100+ FPS with this CPU shouldn’t ever be an issue.

If you want a slight bump in single-core performance (in Cinebench R20’s Single-Core Test, the 9100F comes in at a clean 445), get the 9100F instead. Modern games tend to favor the 1600 AF, but some others- and especially older games- will value the higher single core performance more.

#2 – Best Budget Gaming APU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G - Best CPU for Gaming.jpg

Image-Credit: AMD

Specs:

  • Architecture: AMD Zen+
  • Chipset:  AM4 Chipsets, out-of-box compatible with X570- others may require BIOs updates
  • Cores: 4
  • Threads: 4
  • Clock Speed: Up to 4 GHz
  • Overclockable?: Yes
  • Cooler Included?: Yes, Wraith Stealth

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~250+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: ~120 FPS (Epic view distance, other settings dependent on GPU)
  • CS:GO FPS (iGPU): ~150 FPS (1080p, low settings)
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS (iGPU): 70+ FPS (720p, Low Settings + Epic View Distance)
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 390
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 1455

If you’re on the tightest of budgets, you may not be able to afford a graphics card yet.

While we would seriously recommend slapping one into your system as soon as you’re able, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start gaming without one!

Meet the Ryzen 3 3200G.

It’s one of AMD’s latest Ryzen APUs, retailing for just under $100. This is a quad core chip with pretty fair performance all-around.

Using iGPU:
With older games like CS:GO, playing at 1080p shouldn’t be an issue. Most lightweight eSports titles and MOBAs should perform fairly well at 1080p, too.

When more intensive modern games come into the fray, however, the story changes a bit. You’ll likely need to drop to 720p and low settings to maintain even a basic 60+ FPS while using the integrated graphics.

While this is still better than Intel’s competing options, it isn’t ideal. As the PS5 and Xbox Series X creep into the market, this option may start looking weaker.

Using Discrete GPU:
Once you’re able to upgrade to a good discrete GPU, though, the experience improves significantly. While this APU doesn’t have the raw processing power of its Core i3 rival, it comes within a respectable spitting range.

It should be more than enough for 100+ FPS gaming for the foreseeable future, so long as your graphics card has the muscle to keep up.

#3 – Best Mid-Range Gaming CPU – Intel Core i5 9400F

Intel Core i5 9400F Gaming CPU

Image-Credit: Intel

Specs:

  • Architecture: Intel Coffee Lake (Refresh)
  • Chipset: Intel 300 Series
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 6
  • Clock Speed: Up to 4.1 GHz boost
  • Overclockable?: No
  • Cooler Included?: Intel Stock Cooler

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~300+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: ~240 FPS (Epic view distance, other settings dependent on GPU)
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 423
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 2407

This is where it starts getting good.

While this CPU is much cheaper than the other $200 and under CPUs from AMD and Intel, it enjoys most of the same performance. In games like CS:GO and Fortnite, you’re unlikely to know the difference- this CPU is powerful enough to push a locked 240 FPS in Fortnite with Epic view distance.

With more heavy-weight modern titles, the difference between the i5 9400F and more high-end chips will become apparent.

For the most popular multiplayer games on PC, though, the i5 9400F is more than enough to stack up to the competition.

Intel Core i5 9400F Gaming CPU Banner

Image-Credit: Intel

Unfortunately, this CPU still isn’t quite built for non-gaming tasks. You do have two extra cores over the previously-listed Core i3 processor, and that does make streaming and rendering a bit more viable.

Unfortunately, that will still come at a performance penalty to your gaming experience, and this CPU has far from the best streaming/rendering performance in this price range.

For gaming only, this is an excellent value pick. But if you want to do more with your PC on a regular basis, it won’t be enough. For that, you’ll want to look at…

#4 – Best Mid-High Range Gaming CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 3600

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Gaming CPU

Image-Credit: AMD

Specs:

  • Architecture: AMD Zen 2
  • Chipset:  AM4 Chipsets, out-of-box compatible with X570- others may require BIOs updates
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Clock Speed: Up to 4.2 GHz boost
  • Overclockable?: Yes
  • Cooler Included?: Yes, Wraith Stealth

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~300+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: ~240 FPS (Epic view distance, other settings dependent on GPU)
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 478
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 3689

The Ryzen 5 3600 is one of the best gaming CPUs on the market. Its single-core performance is right up there with the greats, and it offers double the threads of its next competitor down, the 9400F.

Past the range of the Ryzen 5 3600 is where your CPUs will stop showing much in the way of meaningful FPS improvements, and will instead start showing larger gains in multi-threaded streaming and rendering workloads.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Gaming CPU

Image-Credit: AMD

For those who want both high framerates and good multi-threaded performance, the Ryzen 5 3600 is the perfect place to start.

Since the majority of games on the market aren’t going to be able to utilize all 12 of the Ryzen 5 3600’s threads, that leaves plenty of overhead to be used for live-streaming your gameplay.

It also makes video rendering outside of games quite snappy- snappy enough for daily use, even, provided you aren’t rendering and uploading multi-hour videos each day.

Want an alternative with slightly better gaming performance? Consider the Intel Core i5-9600KF– overclocking will require a more expensive motherboard than with Ryzen, and multi-threaded tasks will be much weaker, but this is still a perfectly viable alternative if all you care about is FPS.

#5 – Best Entry-High End Gaming CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Ryzen 7 3700X for Gaming

Image-Credit: AMD

Specs:

  • Architecture: AMD Zen 2
  • Chipset:  AM4 Chipsets, out-of-box compatible with X570- others may require BIOs updates
  • Cores: 8
  • Threads: 16
  • Clock Speed: Up to 4.4 GHz boost
  • Overclockable?: Yes
  • Cooler Included?: Yes, Wraith Prism

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~350+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: 240+ FPS
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 509
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 4834

And now, we cross the threshold into the absurd.

We’re gonna be real here: the actual in-game performance improvements here are minimal at best, at least for now.

While future games may be able to better utilize the disgusting amount of threads in these CPUs, the difference in modern games is generally pretty marginal.

You’ve already passed the raw CPU power threshold necessary for pushing 240 FPS gaming experiences, and at this point you’re going to have more trouble finding a GPU that can keep up than a CPU bottleneck.

Ryzen CPU for Gaming

Image-Credit: AMD

The main reason to opt for a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 processor instead of a Ryzen 5 or Core i5 processor is to further improve performance in non-gaming or alongside-gaming workloads, like Twitch streaming, video rendering, or heavy multitasking.

If all you’re interested in is gaming, there really isn’t a point in getting a CPU this powerful…yet.

#6 Best Ultra-High End Gaming CPU – AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 3900X - Gaming CPU

Image-Credit: AMD

Specs:

  • Architecture: AMD Zen 2
  • Chipset: AM4 Chipsets, out-of-box compatible with X570- others may require BIOs updates
  • Cores: 12
  • Threads: 24
  • Clock Speed: Up to 4.6 GHz boost
  • Overclockable?: Yes
  • Cooler Included?: Yes, Wraith Prism

Estimated Performance:

  • CS:GO FPS: ~350+ FPS
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale FPS: 240+ FPS
  • Cinebench Single-Thread: 521
  • Cinebench Multi-Thread: 7178

Pretty much everything we said about the Ryzen 7 3700X applies here as well.

Your practical needs for raw in-game performance have already been met and exceeded. CPUs in this price range are solely for bragging rights and serious livestreaming/rendering/multitasking workloads.

AMD Ryzen 3900X - Gaming CPU Performance Comparison

Image-Credit: AMD

If you can afford it and the raw performance for non-gaming tasks appeals to you, go for it. Otherwise, opt for a cheaper CPU and put the extra money toward other components in your system, especially your GPU.

Parting Words

While normally we opt to end roundups like this without a conclusion, one feels necessary in the context of this article.

As you’ve probably figured out, at least when it comes to raw CPU performance for gaming only, high-end Ryzen 5 and Core i5 processors are more than enough for getting the best FPS in your games.

This doesn’t make higher-end processors worthless, mind- if you plan on doing streaming or video content creation, all those extra cores can really come in handy.

As time goes on and games become better at managing higher core counts, those CPUs will also age better over time than their cheaper, fewer-core contemporaries.

The final decision is yours to make, but here’s where we’d start:

  • Only care about FPS – Get a Core i5.
  • Want great FPS, but with some flexibility – Get a Ryzen 5.
  • Need to save money – Get a Ryzen 3 APU.
  • Need to save money, but want some better FPS – Get a Core i3.
  • Want great FPS and great streaming/production performance – Get a Ryzen 7.
  • Want the best performance across-the-board – Get a Ryzen 9.

 

That’s about it from us! What CPU are you thinking of buying?


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