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What’s the Best Processor for PC Gaming? Extreme Tech

Question asked by kingfish on Dec 8, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 16, 2017 by black_zion

"Choosing the best processor for PC gaming is a rather more complex proposition than it seems at first glance. After all, “best” is not a single metric. The simplest way for us to help you decide would be to link our Core i7-8700K (See on Amazon) review and leave a two-word caption: “This one.” But simply picking the most expensive and/or fastest processor a company offers for consumer desktop PCs, without any coherent rationale behind the choice, ultimately wouldn’t answer the question.

The truth is Intel and AMD offer a fairly wide range of CPUs at different price points, clock speeds, and capabilities. “Best,” for our purposes, is not defined solely as “fastest,” but contains some performance-per-dollar weighting as well. This is especially true in games, which often don’t scale well above four cores and almost never take advantage of Hyper-Threading. And as for AMD, the company’s Ryzen architecture, which debuted in March of this year, is worth serious consideration. Let’s break down our favorite choices for each company."


What's the Best Processor for PC Gaming? - ExtremeTech