The launch of the Ryzen 3000 lineup put AMD CPUs on par with Intel’s in terms of the IPC, greatly reducing the delta between the two competitors in gaming workloads. The 10th Gen Comet Lake processors are more of the same ol’ 14nm Skylake architecture but at the same time deliver decent performance in gaming workloads. 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.
Best High-end CPU for Gaming in 2020: Intel Core i5-10600K
|Specs||Core i5-10600K||Core i7-9700K|
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.
If you’re okay with opting for an older LGA 1151 based processor, the Core i7-9700K is also an excellent choice. The caveat is that you have an upgrade path. Perhaps if you already have the motherboard, then it’s not a bad idea, especially considering that the price is down to $300 (with promo).
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 be out of potential upgrade paths.
Best Budget Gaming CPU in 2020: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Target: 1080p/1440p/4K @ 120-144 FPS
|Specs||Ryzen 5 3600X|
The Ryzen 5 3600 is an incredibly attractive mid-range CPU regardless of your workloads. It’s nearly on par with the Core i5-10400 in most games and as fast as the 10600K in everything else. Normally we’d suggest the 3600X, but at the present pricing, there’s a delta of $60 between the. For an additional 4-5% performance, that’s just not worth it. Regardless, the Ryzen 5 3600 should be sufficient for just about every scenario.
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: $289 (Link)
|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 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!