Best CPU for PC Gaming in 2020: Intel vs AMD Ryzen

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

Price: $410 (Link)|Rs. 35,200 (Link)

SpecsCore i7-9700K
Base Clock3.6GHz
Boost Clock4.9GHz
L2 Cache2MB
L3 Cache16MB

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

Price: $220 (Link)|Rs. 17,999 (Link)

SpecsRyzen 5 3600X
Base Clock3.8GHz
Boost Clock4.4GHz
L2 Cache3MB
L3 Cache32MB

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

Price: $310 (Link)| Rs. 27,469 (Link)

Core i7-9700KRyzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800X
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.9 GHz
Boost Clock4.9 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz
Cache12 MB32 MB32MB
Memory SupportDDR4-2666MHzDDR4-3200MHzDDR4-3200MHz

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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