Top 10 Best Rated Processors for Gaming 2020

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A good processor is essential for in-game PC performance for several reasons including play speed. While the graphics card will always be the king in any gaming PC setup, a good processor may mean the difference between a win and a loss.

An awesome CPU can also prove useful for something other than gaming if you are the type to keep hundreds of tabs open. New processors on the market can get insane with recent technological advances.

Number of Cores, Base clock speed, Overclocking, Cache size, and TDP are some of what determines how good a CPU is. Our list reviews these factors and price to present some of the best processors for gaming available now.

Best Processor for Gaming 2020

1. Intel Core i9-9900K

Core-i9 9900K is the most modern and most powerful Intel processor that won’t require you to get a loan. For most games 9900K is overkill and while it doesn’t compare to ridiculous models like Threadripper 2990WX, it is a lot cheaper.

It has ridiculous clock speed and impressive per-core performance and can be overclocked to monstrous speeds.

Specs

  • Eight Cores
  • 16MB L3 Cache
  • 16 PCle lanes
  • 0GHz typical overclock
  • 6GHz base
  • 16 threads
  • 95W TDP

Pros

  • Fastest
  • Impressive core numbers
  • Excellent per-core performance
  • Excellent overclocking
  • Threads well

Cons

  • Needs aftermarket cooler
  • Pricy

2. AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

While Intel takes the cake in overall value, Ryzen 9 3900X comes close to surpassing it. It boasts an impressive 3.8GHz base speed which is even faster than 9900K, but its turbo boost maxes at an incomparable 4.6GHz.

AMD is a manufacturer famed for excellent CPUs and graphics card. 3900X proves this with a generous 64MB cache and an unmatched TDP.

Specs

  • 12 Cores
  • 105W TDP
  • 64MB Cache
  • 8GHz base
  • 6GHz turbo overclock
  • 24 threads

Pros

  • Stunning performance
  • PCle is 4.0
  • Cheaper than most Intel processor of similar quality
  • Comes with a heatsink
  • Excellent design

Cons

  • The heatsink is insufficient for most games
  • Lags in single-core performance tests

3. Intel Core i7-9700K

Core-i7 9700K is technically a stepped-down version of 9900K, but in reality, it is neck-to-neck with it in most games. Costing $100+ less than 9900K, it is obvious why 9700K is so popular. Its lack of hyper-threading is a disadvantage, but unless you’re playing HALO you won’t notice the difference.

That lack of hyper-threading does, however, mean that you can get by with an air-cooler which is significantly cheaper than the alternative.

Specs

  • Eight Cores
  • 95W TDP
  • 12MB Cache
  • 6GHz base
  • 1GHz typical overclock
  • Eight Threads
  • 16 lane PCle

Pros

  • Faster than 9900K on overclock
  • High per-core performance
  • Cheap
  • Excellent value
  • Doesn’t get so hot

Cons

  • No hyper-thread
  • Needs external cooler

4. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

Ryzen 5 is the best mid-ranged processor you’ll get for under $200. Compared to similarly priced Intel 8600K, you’re getting a steal. AMD 2600X comes with an amazing RGB CPU cooler, an impressive 12 threads, and a gorgeous six cores.

Its multitasking is great although its gaming performance is below par.

Specs

  • 32GHz typical overclock
  • 6GHz base
  • 95W TDP
  • Six Cores
  • 16MB Cache
  • Twelve threads

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Fast single-core performance
  • Great experience
  • Popular
  • Brilliant multitasking
  • Fantastic Value

Cons

  • No Hyper-thread
  • Can’t run heavy games well

5. AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

For when you need something more powerful than average but not too pricy, Ryzen 7 will be a brilliant choice. It includes 4th-gen PCle support, 16 thread performance, and a Wraith Prism cooler.

It is slightly slower than we were expecting, but not by such a margin as to be unreasonable.

Specs

  • 16 Threads
  • 32MB Cache
  • 16 Lane PCle
  • 4GHz typical Overclock
  • 6GHz base
  • Eight Cores
  • 65W TDP

Pros

  • Impressive Cache
  • Fantastic multitasking performance
  • Cheap
  • Good value
  • Included cooler

Cons

  • Limited overclock
  • Not fast enough

6. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

Most laptops do not come with the most impressive of processors, which is why many prefer to buy their own. As a game lover on a limited budget, Ryzen 3 2200G is your best choice. It is ridiculously cheap but has a performance that dwarfs most processors with a <$100 price tag.

While its price means you won’t get 4K on most high-end games, you’ll be able to play “Epic” setting Overwatch at 4K.

Specs

  • Four Threads
  • 7GHz typical overclock
  • 4MB Cache
  • 65W TDP
  • 5GHz base
  • Four Cores

Pros

  • Cheap
  • 1080p gaming is excellent
  • Overclock is available
  • Impressive value for pricing
  • Fast
  • Stunning performance per-core

Cons

  • Turbo-boost is limited
  • Drivers are finicky
  • Low treading ability

7. Intel Core i5-9400F

While it doesn’t support QuickSync in games, for such a low price you’re getting tremendous quality. There are other compromises which include a locked multiplier but you get cooler and can bypass the lock with an H370 motherboard.

Specs

  • Six threads
  • 65W TDP
  • Six Cores
  • 1GHz turbo
  • 9GHz base
  • 40lane PCle
  • 9MB Cache

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Includes a cooler
  • Brilliant value
  • Fast turbo
  • Fantastic Cache size

Cons

  • Only six cores
  • Lacks overclock
  • No Hyper-thread

8. AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

Intel’s biggest competition in the battle for Processor supremacy remains AMD, and the Ryzen is winning. While 2800X has succeeded this bad boy, it is still relevant for its cheap price. It does everything right without sacrificing too many features.

Specs

  • 16 Threads
  • 16MB Cache
  • 6GHz base
  • 4GHz turbo
  • Eight Cores
  • 95W TDP

Pros

  • Fantastic multifunction
  • Cheap
  • Insane speed
  • Brilliant per-core performance
  • Stunning cache size

Cons

  • Overclock is finicky
  • Temperatures get high

9. AMD Ryzen 5 3400G

Ryzen 5 3400G is a cheap option with integrated graphics. It sells for less than $150 in an exchange where you lose a few cores.

Specs

  • Eight threads
  • Four Cores
  • 4MB Cache
  • Eight-lane PCle
  • 7GHz base
  • 2GHz overclock
  • 65W TDP

Pros

  • Integrated graphics
  • Cheap
  • Faster base speed than most

Cons

  • Mobo with video parts is needed
  • Slow overclock
  • Low Cache

10. Intel Pentium G4560

Pentium G4560 is the budget budget-processor. You will no doubt lose some performance, but it may be worth keeping most of your savings in the bank.

Specs

  • Four Threads
  • 54W TDP
  • 5GHz base
  • Two cores
  • 3MB Cache

Pros

  • Surprising performance
  • Hyper-thread support
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Limited Cache
  • Low-end choice

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