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Intel vs AMD Ryzen: Best CPUs for Gaming in 2020

The consumer processor market has grown more in the past couple of years than it had in the entire last decade. This is all thanks to AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. With twice as many cores and comparable single-threaded performance, Intel was all but forced to follow suit. The core counts of present mainstream CPUs are twice as much compared to those a few years. That’s more progress than we’ve had since the coming of Intel’s Core architecture in the late-2000s.

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. That makes it harder to pick the “right” CPU for your gaming PC. 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 i7-9700K

Price: $379 (Link)|Rs. 36,000 (Link)

SpecsCore i7-9700K
Cores/Threads8/8
Base Clock3.6GHz
Boost Clock4.9GHz
L2 Cache2MB
L3 Cache16MB
TDP95W

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: $199 (Link)|Rs. 18,299 (Link)

SpecsRyzen 5 3600X
Cores/Threads6/12
Base Clock3.8GHz
Boost Clock4.4GHz
L2 Cache3MB
L3 Cache32MB
TDP95W

After the recent price drop, the Ryzen 5 3600X is an incredibly attractive mid-range CPU regardless of your workloads. It’s on par with the Core i5-9600K in most games and nearly as fast as the 9700K in other applications. It’s roughly 5-10% faster than the 3600 while costing another $20. I’d say that’s a fair bargain.

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

Price: $299 (Link)| Rs. 27,649 (Link)

Core i7-9700KRyzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800X
Cores/Threads8/88/168/16
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.9 GHz
Boost Clock4.9 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz
Cache12 MB32 MB32MB
TDP95W65W105W
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 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 all the while costing nearly half as much. It just doesn’t get better than that!

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it suffered from many internal weaknesses. Left and now working on Hardware Times, a site purely dedicated to. Processor architectures and in-depth benchmarks. That's what we do here at Hardware Times!
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