The CPU market is booming these days, thanks to AMD’s latest contributions to the industry. The 3rd Gen Ryzen processors are fast as well as power efficient. Of course, Intel hasn’t been sitting around twiddling its thumbs. Team Blue has been essentially been increasing the size of its CPU dies, by adding more cores and increasing the boost clocks as much as possible. Thanks to the company’s IPC advantage over AMD’s offerings, it has largely worked too. However, with the launch of the Ryzen 3000 lineup, their superiority in gaming and other single-threaded workloads has been reduced to single-digit figures. This makes it a bit hard to choose the right gaming CPU. The performance deltas between the Intel and AMD chips aren’t that big anymore.
If you are looking to build or upgrade your gaming PC, which company should you opt for? An Intel Core i7/i9 or the AMD Ryzen 7/Ryzen 9. Let’s have a look:
Best High-end CPU for Gaming in 2020: Intel Core i7-9700K
If you are looking for sheer gaming performance, then the Intel Core i7-9700K is hands down the best CPU on the market. The Core i9-9900K although faster on paper is mostly just a cash-grab and in most cases, the two chips level with each other. As for the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, it is around 5-10% slower in gaming but substantially faster in everything else. But as I said, this is for purely gaming-centric workloads.
Best Budget Gaming CPU in 2020: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
|Specs||Ryzen 5 3600X|
If you’re set on a midrange gaming PC, or simply aiming for 1440p or 4K resolution, then the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is what you should be looking for. It beats Intel’s Core i5-9600K in everything from gaming to content creation and is roughly 5-10% faster than the non-X 3600.
Best CPU Overall (Gaming and Content Creation): AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
|Core i7-9700K||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 7 3800X|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.9 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.9 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|Cache||12 MB||32 MB||32MB|
AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X was the best processor of 2019, period. Hell, it might as well have been the best CPU of the last decade. With a package power draw of just about 50W, it matches the Core i9-9900K (a 250W CPU) in non-gaming workloads while trailing the Core i7-9700K by ~10% in gaming while costing $100 and $250 less, respectively.
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