Intel vs AMD Ryzen: Best CPUs for Gaming in 2020 [October Update]

With the imminent launch of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips, things are certainly going to shake up in the CPU market. We already saw the 5800X beating the Core i9-10900K in AoTS, but that was just one game. Considering that Intel’s 10th Gen lineup is yet another Skylake refresh and Rocket Lake appears to be a minor upgrade, it looks like AMD is heading for another highly successful year in the client CPU market. In this post, we have a look at the various high-end processors from both Intel and AMD and suggest the best one for you. We will update this post as the new processors are launched. It’ll still be at least another month before you can get your hands on a Zen 3 part.

Best High-end CPU for Gaming in 2020: Intel Core i5-10600K

Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 240-300 FPS

Price: $274

SpecsCore i5-10600KCore i7-9700K
Base Clock4.1GHz3.6GHz
Boost Clock4.8GHz4.9GHz
L3 Cache12MB12MB

No matter how dated Intel’s 14nm based Skylake architecture may be, it still retains the lead in gaming, thanks to the high core clocks. With the 10th Gen Comet Lake-S lineup, the Core i5-10600K is easily the best pick. It outperforms the Core i7-9700K and even levels with the Core i9-10900K once overclocked.

As far as the 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S is concerned, I’m not sure if it even exists anymore. Intel didn’t say a word about it at HotChips, and the fact that Alder Lake is set to launch in the second half of 2021 with the new LGA1700 socket means that both the 9th and 10th Gen owners will soon be out of potential upgrade paths.

Best Budget Gaming CPU in 2020: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 120-144 FPS

Price: $215

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

The Ryzen 5 3600 is an incredibly attractive mid-range CPU regardless of your workloads. It’s on par with the Core i5-10400 in most games and as fast as the 10600K in everything else. However, at present, Amazon is selling the 3600X for just $215 which is a very decent price for 5-10% more performance and additional overclocking headroom.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs R5 3600X vs R7 3700X vs R9 3900X: How Many CPU Cores Do You Need for Gaming?

For people from the subcontinent, I recommend the Ryzen 5 3500. It’s a 3600 without SMT, but that shouldn’t matter in gaming. Plus, it’s much cheaper as well.

Best CPU Overall (Gaming and Content Creation): AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

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

Price: $290 (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 hands down the best consumer processor of 2019, period. Hell, it might as well have been the best CPU of the decade. With a package power draw of just about 65W, it matches the Core i7-10700K (a 250W CPU) in non-gaming workloads while trailing the Core i5-10600K by around ~10% in gaming all the while costing much less. It just doesn’t get better than that!

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