If you’ve been on the market for one of the best processors, you’ll be pleased to know that the processor world is more vibrant than ever with competition between Intel and AMD. This is thanks to AMD dominating the market with its Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, something we hope continues with Ryzen 3rd Generation. Intel has responded with its 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors, led by the Intel Core i9-9900K. There’s never been a better time to grab one of the best processors.
There are so many different processors out there right now. From HEDT champions like Intel’s Basin Falls Refresh lineup, to budget heavyweights like the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G – there’s something for everyone. And, word on the street is that AMD will be showing off its Ryzen 3000 CPUs at Computex 2019. Of course, there are still dozens of chips in the middle, like our current favorite, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X.
You can’t throw a stone without hitting one of the best processors right now, so finding the right one isn’t as easy as you may think. Fortunately, even if the latest and greatest silicon is out of your reach, there are still plenty of great Kaby Lake and Ryzen Gen 1 chips out there. So, get ready to experience amazing PC performance, as we’ll cover all the best processors we’ve reviewed over the last year or so.
1. AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
For the longest time, AMD has fell behind Intel. Luckily, those days are over with the Ryzen 2700X. This time around AMD brings the first 12nm processors and the performance to back it up, demolishing Intel when it comes to price-to-performance. If you’re looking for one of the best processors that’ll give you great performance without costing an arm and a leg, you can’t do much better than the Ryzen 7 2700X.
2. Intel Core i9-9900K
Thanks to increased pressure from AMD, Intel’s offerings have been heating up like crazy (sometimes literally.) This increased competition has resulted in the Intel Core i9-9900K: an absolute beast of a processor that packs eight cores and 16 threads, more cores than any mainstream processor released by Intel. And, the performance shows that it’s worth it – it can go head to head with some of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper chips. If you’re looking for raw performance, the Intel Core i9-9900K is easily one of the best processors you can go for.
3. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
If you’re looking for one of the best processors for content creation, but are on a budget, look no further than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X. With 6 cores and 12 threads and a base clock of 3.6GHz, you’re getting way better performance than the pricier Intel Core i5-8600K – with a gorgeous RGB CPU cooler included. Sure, the gaming performance over the blue team is marginal at best, but when you start multi-tasking – and who doesn’t always have 100 chrome tabs open – the value starts to show itself.
4. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
If you’re looking to put together a gaming PC on the tightest budget, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G can take you a long way. While it doesn’t feature the hyperthreading capability of its predecessor, the Ryzen 3 1200, the introduction of integrated graphics makes this APU one of the cheapest ways to experience casual PC gaming. We were even able to play Overwatch at 4K Ultra-HD resolution at ‘Epic’ settings.
5. Intel Core i5-8600K
If you’re building one of the best gaming PCs, and you don’t really care about creating content or streaming, the processor you’re going to want to pay attention to is the Intel Core i5-8600K. It might not have as many cores as its AMD Ryzen counterparts, but that doesn’t matter, gaming is mostly about that single-threaded performance. With this processor, you’ll be able to run all the latest games without having to worry about bottlenecking your GPU – just don’t be surprised when rendering and encoding video takes longer.