For decades now, if you wanted to have a powerful gaming PC, you would invest in the best Processor For Gaming in the market.
The CPU would need to be mid to high range too, but the video card was the key feature. Still, in recent years things have changed, and people how were basing their upgrades on that philosophy have already noticed that, on the modern gaming scene, the thing that is pulling your computer’s performance back the most, is the processor and its ability to communicate with the rest of the equipment.
So you need to start by picking out your favorite processor, keeping in mind that the more powerful the processor will be, the more powerful the motherboard needs to be in order to exploit that processor. That is why we would suggest that you spend some time going over our Best Gaming Motherboard of 2020 article, as it may give you some excellent ideas about what is the best match for your processor.
|Intel i7-4820K LGA 64 Technology||4.9 / 5|
|Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core||4.8 / 5|
|Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core||4.9 / 5|
|AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350||4.8 / 5|
|Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core||4.7 / 5|
|AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320||4.7 / 5|
|Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core||4.7 / 5|
|AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core||4.7 / 5|
|AMD A10-5800K APU 3.8Ghz||4.7 / 5|
|Intel Core i3-3240 Dual-Core||4.8 / 5|
1. Intel i7-4820K LGA 64 Technology CPU Processors
When it comes to gaming CPUs today, there is no way you can argue that cheaper may be better or may be made to work just
as good. So we are sorry to say that the Intel i7-4820K is simply the best processor you could buy for a gaming platform.
However, if you were to buy a 300 dollar processor and slap it on a 100 dollars or even 200 dollars motherboard, you would be wasting not only your money but also the processor’s capabilities. A system built around the Intel i7-4820K needs at least 8 GB of memory and a top of the market video card, so if you cannot do that, it would be better just to go with a cheaper processor and build a more balanced system.
In fact you can tell that the Intel i7-4820K
Was designed to be the best processor of 2020 when you realize that its running frequency is 3.7 GHz and with Turbo it can go to 3.9. That does not sound like too much and that is exactly the point: this processor is so well built that it can run at almost its maximum capacity all the time without the worry that it will overheat.
The other thing that will tell you just how powerful this processor is, is the fact that it was only designed for a 64 bits architecture. Your 32 bits programs like Win amp will work just fine on it, but you will need a 64 bit operating system.
2. Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Gaming Processor 3.4 GHz
The truth is that not everybody can afford to buy a top of the line i7 processor designed for gaming and the auxiliaries it deserves, but, with a little bit of effort,
if you are a true gaming fanatic, you will be able to buy the Intel Core i5-4670K, the motherboard and the graphic card it deserves.
It runs at a native 3.4 GHz but can reach a 3.8 GHz frequency with Turbo. Again, we like the fact that the difference between those 2 frequencies is not that high.
We also love the fact that this is one of the few i5 processors with a quad core architecture. In that respect it is almost a match for the i7 we introduced earlier. Where they differ is in that the Intel Core i5-4670K can only handle 4 threads as opposed to the i7’s 8 threads, and it only has a 6 mega cache as opposed to the 10 mega the i7 has.
3. Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Processor
The Intel Core i5-4670K and the Intel Core i5-3570K we are going to feature on the number 3 spot on our best processor for gaming list are so closely matched that we see no reason why you would not pay the extra dollars to get the i5-4670K.
Still, the Intel Core i5-3570K is a pretty impressive CPU processor on its own and there is no better processor for this spot.
It runs at a native frequency of 3.4 GHz, and it has a 6 mega cache, 4 cores.
The only difference is that the Intel Core i5-3570K actually has a maximum 77 W TDP. That results in a slightly smaller scores across the board in performance, both quad core and single core performance being affected.
The only upside is that, if you are an overclocking fanatic, you will have a much bigger space in which to play and you will see a slightly better performance increase from you efforts. Still, it is worth noting that
4. AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 Gaming CPU Processor
There used to be a time when AMD was the better gaming computer even though their processors worked at a lower frequency than Intel’s.
Sadly, for AMD fans, those times are gone and now AMD is trying to squeeze as much power of their processors to stay ahead of the competition.
The AMD FX-8350 is the rough equivalent of the Intel Core i5-4670K but it is significantly cheaper than it. For that reason we decided to give it such a prominent place on our list.
AMD has always allowed their users to build relatively cheaper systems than Intel and, at least on this, they are still staying true to their purposes.
The AMD FX-8350 has an 8 core configuration running at 4 GHz, with a 4.2 GHz capacity when it is needed. Each one of those cores is slower than the Intel cores, but because it has 8 of them vs the Intel i5’s 4 cores, overall it does have a higher speed.
5. Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Best Processor for Gaming
We left the Intel Core i7-4770K for a lower position on our list of the best CPU processors for gaming because it is the older generation of the same i7-4820K.
The i7-4770K came out in the second quarter of 2019, while its older brother showed up on the market in Q3 of the same year.
The i7-4770K is everything you would expect from a prototype model, including a 3.5 GHz frequency and an 8 mega cache.
It is still far more impressive in performance and specifications than any i5 processor, but it is still just a few dollars cheaper than the top of the line i7, and for that reason not worth the money.
6. AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 Gaming CPU Processor
With the AMD FX-8320 we have the same problem as with the two i7 processors we have introduced so far.
The FX-8320 is just the slightly older version of the FX-8350, and it costs just about the same.
Is the price difference enough for you to choose the lesser processor? We would say no, but if you do care about such things.
You should also consider the fact that because it has a much lower annual home energy cost of $30 per year, vs the $56 per year that the FX8350 would run you. Its clock speed is just 3.5 GHz and even with turbo it can only reach 4.0 GHz. Still, it is a pretty impressive 8 core processor, with a 6 mega cache.
The thing that really impressed us was that, by overclocking the FX-8320 we were able to reach almost the same performances as the FX-8350, when it was overclocked. That basically means that,
7. Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
With the Intel Core i5-4430 we enter the realm of the Intel vs AMD war.
Basically every AMD processor we have featured so far is as cheap or even cheaper than the Intel Core i5-4430, and each one is a better gaming processor.
However, there are plenty of people, and some of them are even in our office, who believe that nothing is better than an Intel i5.
So for those of you looking for an affordable processor that has to be an Intel, we have the i5-4430.
But make no mistake, the built in video GPU is an Intel HD Graphics 4600 running at just 350 MHz. That means you will barely be able to run full HD movies on it and should not rely on it for any type of real gaming graphics.
8. AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core CPU Processor
With the AMD FX-6300 we are venturing into the world of the best CPU processors for gaming on a budget.
These are not even in the same category as the best but, with a good enough video card, a fast hard drive and 8 GB of RAM, you might just get away with an above the average video game performance.
It is a relatively close match in terms of performance to the Intel i5-4430, and it is a lot cheaper than the i5 and has better specifications.
Besides the improved speed, 2 additional cores, it also has an incredible 2 mega of L2 cache memory, that is to say it has 6 mega versus the 4 mega the i5 uses. It can also handle more threads per core, 6 vs 4, and, through overclocking, it can reach 4.85 GHz versus the 3.36 GHz of the Intel.
9. AMD A10-5800K APU 3.8Ghz Gaming Processor
So far we have been looking at the CPU processors offer on the market from the perspective of a gamer who has a particular budget that he has to make.
Our last 2 processors are actually for the gamer who has given up gaming, but want to be able every once in a while to play a little DOTA or some other game from his youth.
Those players may not even want to invest in a graphic card and that is why we have chosen.
The AMD A10-5800K has just 4 cores and 4 mega L2 cache. It will let you play some games, but it is greatly outmatched by any other processor on this list.
10. Intel Core i3-3240 Dual-Core Processor for Gaming
For those of you who fall in the same category as the gamers we were talking about before, but who are fans of the Intel platform, we have the Intel Core i3-3240.
The thing that makes it an OK choice for a gaming processor is its 3.4 GHz frequency and its ability to use 32 GB of RAM.
Of course you should never invest into a system with this processor and 32 GB of RAM, but you could go as high up as 8 GB and they would certainly be put to good use.
You may even run your games off of the Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU that is built in to the processor.