Intel vs AMD: Best Gaming CPUs in December 2020

With the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, AMD has successfully vanquished Intel in the PC gaming segment. Even the $300 Ryzen 5 5600X manages to beat the Comet Lake-S flagship (Core i9-10900K) which costs twice as much. Therefore, as you can expect, our recommendations for the best gaming CPU will primarily include AMD parts this time around. Although stocks are still scarce, they are expected to improve by February, so don’t worry too much about the availability.

Best High-end CPU for Gaming in 2020: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 300+ FPS

Price: $549

SpecsRyzen 9 5900X
Base Clock3.7GHz
Boost Clock4.8GHz
L3 Cache64MB

Priced the same as the now redundant Core i9-10900K, the Ryzen 9 5900X is the fastest CPU across every workload, ranging from gaming, rendering, video editing, encoding, encryption, compression, etc. At $549, it’s quite expensive but totally worth it.

If you’d like an Intel option, then the Core i9-10850K for $429 is also an excellent option. You get ten cores with a single-core boost of 5.2GHz which is more than ample for pretty much every competitive game.

Best Budget Gaming CPU in 2020: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 144FPS

Price: $129

SpecsRyzen 3 3300X
Base Clock3.8GHz
Boost Clock4.3GHz
L3 Cache16MB

The Ryzen 3 3300X has been out of stock for a while now, but our sources tell us that it’ll be back soon. With the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPU, the 3300X is no longer a threat to the most popular Ryzen CPU (3600). Most gamers will be looking to buy the 5600X while the 3300X will be left for consumers on a tight budget, offering decent gaming performance for just over $100.

Recommended Gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 240+FPS

Price: $299

Ryzen 5 5600XRyzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800X
Base Clock3.7GHz3.6 GHz3.9 GHz
Boost Clock4.6GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz
Cache32MB32 MB32MB
Memory SupportDDR4-3200DDR4-3200DDR4-3200

The Ryzen 5 5600X is easily the best gaming CPU (overall), and we have no qualms recommending it if you’re in the market for a new processor. As we saw in our review, it comfortably beats both the 3600X and the 3700X by around 30% in gaming while overcoming the Core i5-10600K by 10-15%.

At the same time, the 10600K is presently going for just $269, making it a solid budget gaming option. With some mild tweaking and overclocking, it easily matches the Ryzen 5 5600X and even the 10-core i9-10900K in most gaming workloads.

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