15 best gaming processors

Choosing the best processor for the gaming computer

Until recently, the tops of the best processors for gaming systems were actually the field of a single player. The thoroughly outdated AMD processors of the FX series and the line on the FM2 socket were already noticeably inferior in performance to Intels, which made a noticeable difference in high-end games. Although it is noteworthy that console manufacturers made their choice just in the direction of AMD hardware - both the PlayStation and XBOX are assembled on processors and video accelerators from the "red" ones. And the games that were originally written on the console, no matter how much the supporters of games on PCs scolded, worked perfectly on AMD desktop processors, adequately using their “sharpness” for multi-threaded computing, while the “blue” ones queue single-threaded performance.

However, with the release of the Ryzen family, the “Reds” clearly stated their claims to the modern gaming market in the personal computer industry. Even taking into account the dampness of the first series and the “iron” for them, these “stones” demonstrated excellent energy efficiency and decent performance. If we add to this the pleasant conservatism of AMD processors - against the background of Intel, constantly creating new sockets that are not compatible with the previous ones - then the system on the Ryzen becomes attractive in the prospects for further upgrade.

In today's ranking of the best processors for games, we fundamentally will not fall into the sin of the usual debate “AMD vs. Intel "and we will talk about the processors of both manufacturers separately. It is up to you to decide which processors are better - AMD Intel, and support the "red" or "blue" ones. Well, there are plenty to choose from.

Ranking of the best gaming processors in 2018 - Top 15

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
Top Intel Premium Gaming Processors1Intel Core I9-9900K9.7 / 1049 900
2Intel Core i7-7820X9.5 / 1044 857
3Intel Core i9-7960X8.9 / 10123 964
Top AMD Premium Gaming Processors1AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X9.8 / 1055 991
2AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX9.5 / 10134 323
Top Intel processors for average budget gaming systems1Intel Core i7-9700K9.8 / 1035 000
2Intel Core i7-8700K9.8 / 1033 149
3Intel Core i7-7700K9.5 / 1027 439
4Intel Core i7-6700K9.3 / 1023 620
5Intel Core i7-5820K9.2 / 1029 990
6Intel Core i5-6600K9.0 / 1016 250
Top AMD processors for average budget gaming systems1AMD Ryzen 7 2700X10 / 1024 708
2AMD Ryzen 5 2600X9.8 / 1015 490
3AMD Ryzen 7 1800X9.5 / 1017 130
Top Intel processors for budget gaming PCs1Intel Core i3-8350K9.7 / 1013 265
2Intel Core i3-73209.5 / 1013 068
3Intel Core i3-73009.4 / 1011 490
Top low-cost AMD processors1AMD Ryzen 3 2200G9.9 / 106 678
2AMD Ryzen 3 1300X9.7 / 106 980

Top Intel Premium Gaming Processors

Intel Core I9-9900K
49 900
The new generation of Intel processors really waited. The mere information that the damned thermal interface under the lid was finally replaced by solder was able to make you think about the upgrade: you can remember how quickly the chewing gum began to degrade. Even the suspicions about “planned obsolescence” in this case looked quite justified.

So, what does the current flagship for the mass consumer market offer us? Eight cores capable of a standard 3.6 GHz “jump” in turbo mode up to 5 GHz clearly promise good performance in a single-stream mode and in an increasingly popular multi-threaded mode. The processor is not deprived of cache memory and fits into the framework of 95 W TDP.

But, in fairness, Intel would not be itself, without spoiling the initially good impression. Let's start with the price - it manages to grow literally before our eyes, and if they initially talked about amounts in the range of 42 thousand, now they will have to prepare all 49. But the most important thing is that this processor, showing off the K index in the marking, indicating the possibility of overclocking the multiplier is not particularly successful for overclocking - you just have to start raising the frequencies, as it immediately turns into a “stove” like the memorable AMD FX of the ninth series. Already at nominal frequencies i9-9900K with a high load, “eats” 40 W more than the same i7-8700K, and at overclocking it completely turns into a portable heater with a power of 200 W, and this automatically means the highest requirements for the motherboard power system and cooling. Even with the solder under the cover, the processor gets too hot in overclocking, approaching under load to a limit Tj of 100 ° C.

And at the same time, in actual games, performance growth, to put it mildly, was not impressed: yes, 9900K became faster ... but look at the numbers for yourself: at 4K resolution in the same Far Cry 5, Intel’s advantage was ONE frame per second when compared to Ryzen 7 2700X, which is much cheaper and is able to work in overclocking without multi-sectional "waterworks". The same “gap” in 4K demonstrates both the Witcher 3 and the Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Only if you go to the usual FullHD-resolution, Intel begins to look more solid, reaching 30-40% advantage over top solutions from AMD. But is it worth this overpayment? Decide for yourself.

Main advantages:
  • High performance in single-thread and multi-thread
  • Turbo Core mode now has two cores, not one
Minuses:
  • Cooling and power requirements, especially when overclocking
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
After 7700K, the difference in speed is very noticeable, and the solder is solder (the old stone immediately scalped, even the top cooling didn’t cope well).
Intel Core i7-7820X
44 857

Using the architecture of Skylake-X, the i7-7820X processor today is a very interesting option for building a high-performance system, but “sharpened” primarily for games. Where the maximum number of cores is required (for example, when encoding a video), it will, of course, noticeably lose out to the i9 series monsters, but for games it’s 8 cores / 16 streams are now more than sufficient. At the same time, the heat pack is still balanced on the verge of a reasonable (140 W), and the price does not rush into space. In addition, the 2066 socket is used, which leaves a reserve for the installation of more powerful "stones", if necessary.

The characteristics of the processor are excellent. Working in drain at 3.6 GHz, with a powerful power subsystem and appropriate cooling, it withstands a stable 4.5 GHz, so the unlocked multiplier is not for a tick here. The processor heats up, however, it’s not childish, and in combination with a pair of top-end video cards in SLI it will be able to significantly warm the apartment. Being carried away by squeezing the power to the last drop, you should immediately spit on the warranty and do scalping, since it is pointless to expect adequate work from the standard thermal interface during overclocking.

Not enough memory for? Here, this problem does not threaten you, prepare only money: i7-7820X has a four-channel memory controller capable of working with an array of DDR4-2666 up to 128 gigabytes. Of course, sooner or later, igrodel and this will not be enough ... but not today.

Main advantages:
  • Decent performance in single and especially multi-cor with respect to build price
  • Overclocking potential
Minuses:
  • Thermal mode
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The new system, of course, collected at 2066 - this socket will stay up to date longer. The processor is fast, not bad chased, keeps steadily BF1 on the ultra at maximum resolution.
Intel Core i9-7960X
123 964

The processor is not for amateurs - and at the price, and according to the possibilities, and according to the requirements. Alas, in terms of its heat dissipation even without overclocking (and the unlocked multiplier pushes this way), the processor reached the level of 165 W - after all, only AMD processors were considered to be “stoves” recently. Well, the traditional use of thermal interface instead of solder, popularly known as “chewing gum”, also gives its results: without high-quality cooling, you risk turning a hundred thousand rubles into a useless piece of silicon under load.

But this heat emission is taken far from the air. 16 cores capable of processing 32 streams, 44 PCI-Express 3.0 lines and support for four memory banks with a total capacity of up to 128 GB will make it easy to pull the most demanding games at maximum settings in a configuration with several video cards not only now, but also in the foreseeable future. And the processor will have enough resources for all background tasks that will not make the game freeze at the most inopportune moment.

However, by the standards of 2018, the gaming processor Intel Core i9-7960X is still the best choice for tomorrow. Here, Intel, trying to create an answer AMD Treadripper, comes on the same rake as AMD with the FX family at one time. If then the games used one or two cores, making high multi-threaded FX performance useless and clearly pointing to a failure in single-threaded performance, now i9 cannot offer much growth in games compared to, say, i7-7700K enough, and the clock frequency of the core higher. Therefore, taking into account the cost of the processor itself and the adequate hardware for building the system on it, we will lower the rating score: in 2018, the i9-7960X hour has not yet come in terms of the ratio of investments to gaming performance. But, whatever one may say, the future is behind multithreaded computing: remember how in the days of Stalker and quad-core processors there was a lack of programs realizing their capabilities.

Main advantages:
  • Almost record multi-stream performance
  • Excellent performance margin for future software demand growth
Minuses:
  • Price and high demands on the power subsystem on the board, cooling, power supply: in sum, the computer on this processor will be very expensive.
  • Intel's manic passion instead of solder to use a thermal interface - and hence the problems with the cooling of an already hot processor.
8.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I not only play games, but also create them. And here the capabilities of the processor are fully disclosed, the increase in power pays for itself.

Top AMD Premium Gaming Processors

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
55 991

The most powerful red processor at the moment is unlikely to make you soon lack multi-threaded performance. Four crystals combined under a common lid, and honestly soldered, give us 16 cores / 32 threads, support for four-channel memory with up to 2 terabytes ... How much? Yes, it is exactly 2 TB. Not every current "personal" and a hard disk has such a capacity ...

It was necessary to pay for it with heat generation: the top-end “Tredripper” has a heat pack of 180 W, so you cannot do without a high-quality cooling system. But remember that there are no problems with the thermal interface, which in reality provides a thermal mode more comfortable than the "Intel" i9 - and after all, the performance for gaming systems for those and others will still have a margin for a long time. But the Threadripper is also cheaper.

The processor has a low frequency - 3400 MHz, stable overclocking allows you to talk about approaching a 4-GHz ceiling. Therefore, in the current YOBA-hits, now the Threadripper does not demonstrate any cardinal advantages, but its reserves are huge. Shake in maximum quality without brakes when playing on ultra? Easy task. Note that AMD offers a “game mode” for Treadripper, in which priority is given to a part of processor modules due to cuts in the memory access performance of the others, which are still not used in the game.

Main advantages:
  • Huge margin on computing resources and supported memory speed
  • Solder under the cover
Minuses:
  • Small selection of components for TR4
  • Not the most optimal work with memory
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The top-end AMD processor could become really colder than the top-end Intel, while still cheaper. Whether a breakthrough AMD, or the failure of the "blue" ...
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
134 323

The current top processor in the AMD lineup is unquestionably a monstroose. Both the dimensions, the price, and the number of physical cores — there are already 32 of them here. And, accordingly, with heat generation: TDP here is expected to reach 250 watts.

However, the main drawback of the new Threadripper processor was not even the heat dissipation, which, with the best water-cooling systems, makes it almost impossible to overclock, but the architecture itself — assembled on the basis of four modules instead of two in the previous generation, it still “slows down” itself for inefficient work with memory, losing in performance in comparison with Intel HEDT-processors is very noticeable.

And it is in games that this loss of performance becomes most noticeable. We launch the latest Assasins' Creed or Watch Dogs 2 in FullHD resolution, unscrew the settings for “ultra” ... and see that the much cheaper Ryzen 7 2700X is capable of providing a higher frame rate. The Witcher Geralt enters into a stupor from 2990WX, with which the frame rate almost halves in comparison with the same top-end Ryzen 7. At 4K resolution, the gap is expectedly reduced, but here the Threadripper still loses.

Well, ok, but after all, AMD Ryzen Master proprietary utility offers us a special “game mode”, in which the processor actually turns into an 8-core game, at the same time getting rid of delays when working with the memory subsystem? Alas, the miracle does not happen: the processor is simply completely compared with the Ryzen 7 2700X in gaming performance.

Main advantages:
  • Efficient work in easily parallel computations
Minuses:
  • Price
  • Slow performance in current games
  • High power consumption
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
3D rendering, video processing are definitely his strengths, but in games I was expecting more.

Top Intel processors for average budget gaming systems

Intel Core i7-9700K
35 000

Taking into account the current prices for Intel processors and the ambiguous reputation of the new "nines", the eight-core "seven" clearly looks more attractive. At the same time, it cannot be said that the 9700K became much more expensive than the former flagship i7-8700K. But how much faster has it become?

Paradoxical innovation here was the rejection of Hyper-Threading - if before the six-core "Sevens" could "digest" up to 12 threads, now there are only 8. Turbo Boost is faster, but on the whole the processor has not changed much. In the architecture, but not in the assembly process - after all, the solder has returned here under the cover, and this already allows us to hope for good potential for overclocking.

Well, as a result, the processor, even in stock condition, became more interesting than the previous flagship, standing between it and the new i9-9900K in actual games using FullHD. In Watch Dogs 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, he even manages to bypass the “nine” a little. However, we will not call the upgrade from 8700K justified: now the performance gap is not so big as to change one processor for another. But when building a new computer, the acquisition option for the 9700K is quite interesting.

Main advantages:
  • Moderate power consumption for 8-core
  • Good overclocking potential
Minuses:
  • Minimum separation from the previous generation
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I collected a new computer, I decided to pay extra for 9700K, and not to take 8700K - after all, with solder it is quieter.
Intel Core i7-8700K
33 149

The six cores at Coffee Lake became one of the gamers' favorites, demonstrating not only high performance out of the box, but also excellent overclocking potential: after scalping, 3DNews testers were able to squeeze a stable 5 gigahertz out of this “stone” even with hard “roasting” in LinX. The previous school idol and hit of reviews on Youtube, i7-7700K, didn’t always take this bar, and Intel didn’t officially recommend overclocking for it. The secret is not only in the modernized 14nm ++ technical process, but also in the increased area of ​​the crystal itself, which facilitates the heat sink. But even without overclocking, the i7-8700K looks more interesting than the old flagship, remaining colder at comparable loads. In overclocking, the processor can already catch up with the i7-7820X.

In most of today's top games, this processor looks even more interesting than the more expensive and hot Skylake-X: the ability to squeeze more clock speeds is more relevant than the number of physical cores. That is, with a reasonable budget limited to assembling a gaming computer that can squeeze the most out of the season's new products, the i7-8700K is very attractive - it is more efficient to invest in a video card, and suffer the anger of Slaanesh of all miners for fairly high prices. But keep in mind that it will become obsolete faster than the new "skyley" - and the LGA1151 v2 will have less opportunities to upgrade than the newest LGA 2066.

Main advantages:
  • Excellent price / performance ratio
  • Lack of super cooling requirements
  • Overclocking potential
Minuses:
  • Significantly limiting capabilities of the regular thermal interface
  • Obsolete socket
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The processor is definitely the best for the money.All games pulls without problems, so that in the coming years it will definitely be enough. And we'll see.
Intel Core i7-7700K
27 439

In today's times, the already-legendary Kaby Lake processor is outdated, but it still shows excellent results in games: its four cores, running at 4.2 GHz, are enough for all AAA updates without noticeable choking. Of course, the upgrade system on it is already further apart and there is no place: nevertheless, the old LGA 1151 socket, according to Intel, is no longer relevant, although the precedents of crossing LGA 1151 v2 and LGA 1151 are known. But this is, so to speak, an amateur.

However, if you are not a fan of upgrades in parts, and you immediately change the “processor / mother / video card” set, when the old assembly finally stops organizing, then the 7700K will be able to work for a long time. Do not forget, however, about its not the most optimal thermal mode: you have to pay for high frequencies with expensive cooling or remember the magic word “delid”.

Main advantages:
  • No problem pulling modern top games
Minuses:
  • Low performance margin with an increase in software requirements for multi-threaded performance
  • Heat
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I watched the tests, read the reviews on the forums - the 7700K processor is still in the top. So I did not throw out a lot of money, but simply upgrade to 1151 to the maximum. All games are flying, what else do you need?
Intel Core i7-6700K
23,620 ($ 350 (recommended price))

The 6th generation processor for the LGA 1151 platform with integrated HD Graphics 530 graphics on the Skylake GT2 core. As for the vast majority of other solutions, the integrated video accelerator does not provide a comfortable level of FPS in modern games and is focused on the visualization of 2D images. But HD Graphics 530 supports DirectX 12 and is able to fully function in the Windows 10 software environment. The i7-6700K is supported by a new system logic, which realizes the ability to connect drives with a PCIe interface, which removes the existing limitation of data channel bandwidth. The processor has four physical cores plus traditional support for Hyper-Threading technology and an unlocked multiplier. At a nominal clock frequency of 4.0 GHz, the activated Turbo Boost mode accelerates one of the cores to 4.2 GHz. Manual overclocking is much more productive and allows you to overcome the 4.7 GHz bar. The claimed TDP is 91 W, while in idle the processor consumes only 4 W, and the heating temperature under maximum load reaches 75 ° C.

Main advantages:
  • flexible manual overclocking, high potential;
  • extremely low power consumption in idle.
Minuses:
  • small range turbo boost.
9.3 / 10
Rating
Reviews
High-performance processor with an eye to games optimized for DirectX 12. The best choice for building gaming systems, complete with discrete graphics accelerators based on Fury X, Titan X or GTX 980 Ti.
Intel Core i7-5820K
29,990 ($ 396 (recommended price))

The youngest processor for the LGA 2011-v3 platform from the lineup with the updated Haswell-E micro-architecture. It differs from its average “brother” by a reduced frequency of 200 MHz nominal frequency and a reduced number of PCI Express lines. Only the first difference is of real importance, since the 28 bus lines reached by the i7-5820K processor are enough for full-fledged SLI or CrossFire modes, and the configuration of 3-4 graphics accelerators in gaming systems is almost never encountered. All six cores in turbo mode can accelerate to 3.4 GHz at a base frequency of 3.3, and the first two can work even at 3.6 GHz. The unlocked multiplier allows you to overclock the processor to 4.1 GHz using a high-quality air cooling system. At the same time, power consumption and heating of the chip grow very quickly, and the temperature of 95 ° C at maximum load is common. The processor is equipped with a 4-channel DDR4 memory controller.

Main advantages:
  • large overclocking potential of the platform as a whole;
  • the ability to separately disperse individual subsystems.
Minuses:
  • increased working temperature;
  • high price.
9.2 / 10
Rating
Reviews
A good choice for building systems focused on modern resource-intensive games that can parallelize the load on a large number of cores. The processor is optimal for sharing with GTX 980 and Fury graphics cards.
Intel Core i5-6600K
16,250 ($ 243 (recommended price))

High-performance gaming processor for the LGA 1151 platform based on the Skylake microarchitecture. It incorporates a large number of technological improvements and fundamentally new solutions, including internal tires with increased bandwidth and the ninth generation graphics core GT2. Comfortable FPS level in modern games this integrated solution does not provide and is intended for image visualization in non-gaming applications. The potential of the processor is maximized in the motherboards on the Z170 chipset. It is this set of logic that allows you to individually overclock the computing blocks, graphics subsystem and memory. In nominal mode, the clock frequency is 3.5 GHz, and in turbo mode it rises to 3.9 GHz (with one operating core). Manual overclocking provides its increase to 4.5 GHz without the use of extreme cooling methods. In normal mode, the heating of the processor under maximum load does not exceed 55 ° C, and in idle the chip consumes only 4 watts.

Main advantages:
  • flexible manual overclocking;
  • extremely low power consumption in idle time;
  • low heat under load;
  • integrated graphics core practically does not consume energy when connecting a discrete video card.
Minuses:
  • Hardly ever.
9.0 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The best processor for games that does not need to be replaced when the industry transitions to DirectX 12. Upper Middle-end balanced systems can be built on the i5-6600K, complete with discrete video cards on the R9 390X or GTX 980.

Top AMD processors for average budget gaming systems

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
24 708

Well, let me introduce you - in front of you is a clear contender for the title of "national eight-core", which, in the light of the current marketing policy of Intel, becomes interesting even for those who firmly held the "blue" side.

Even the fact that in many recent games, Ryzen is somewhat inferior to the latest Intel processors, it remains cheaper than them. Is it worth paying the extra 8-10 thousand for +10 FPS in Far Cry 5 or Witcher 3, and is it not better to invest this difference in a more powerful video card? If you sit in the evenings in Battlefield 1, here the new Ryzen already demonstrates an advantage in comparison with the Intel “Sevens”.

The transition to the 12-nm process technology had a good effect on the characteristics of the processor - it retained acceptable power consumption and fitted TDP at a level of 105 W, at the same time acquiring official support for DDR4-2933 memory and accelerating well. As a result, we get an interesting option for building a new system, and for upgrading a previously assembled PC, the benefit of AMD remains unchanged AM4 socket.

Main advantages:
  • Excellent by today's standards, the ratio "price-performance"
  • Increased operating frequencies
Minuses:
  • The processor is still demanding on the quality and speed of memory
10 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Definitely a top for assembly, taking into account the prices of processors and video cards, it has become more profitable to build a system on a Ryzen with a more powerful card.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
15 490

Well, speaking of the “sevens” of Ryzen, let's not forget about the “fives” - the current top six-core with a clock frequency of 3.6 GHz stands at the price level not even of an Intel Core i5, but an i3. The transition from Summit Ridge to Pinnacle Ridge, as in the case of the Ryzen 7, slightly increased the “paper” performance, power consumption also did not increase much.

But we are interested in gaming opportunities, right? Well, we put on a gas mask and jump into the trenches: in Battlefield 1, the Ultra 2600X demonstrates the minimum difference with the Ryzen 7 2700X, and it looks great against the background of Intel i7. The processor copes well with its work, even in 4K resolution, showing quite “playable” results.

Wiggling the Roach with Geralt also turns out well, in FullHD on the "ultra" the processor does not choke. Here in 4K there is already a noticeable lack of performance, the frame rate drops almost to the critical threshold.

As a result, the result is paradoxical: spending less money compared to the Ryzen 7, in games, we, in fact, do not get any difference! Alas, the same memory subsystem is to blame for this - a smaller number of cores literally “interfere less with each other”, and it is in the game load that the six-core Ryzen 5 is actually not inferior to the eight-core Ryzen 7. But the price difference will allow you to invest in the RAM or video card, in the end, with the same total cost, the gaming computer on the Ryzen 5 will be even faster.

However, if you have a sufficient number of resource-intensive processes in the background of the game, you often encode video or enjoy 3D rendering, then of course Ryzen 7 will be more interesting, and we will still give it a higher place.

Main advantages:
  • Very attractive performance at an adequate price.
  • Overclocking potential is higher than the Summit Ridge generation processors
Minuses:
  • When buying a motherboard, you need to clarify the BIOS version, there may be problems on the old ones. When upgrading, respectively, do not forget to upgrade to the installation of a new processor.
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
And what, a very decent stone, for such money, blue blues alone.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
17 130

To build a gaming computer without manners to record the characteristics of the flagship of the "seventh" line came out just great. With a price even slightly lower than the same i7-7700K, the “red” is colder (and, again, the solder is under the hood!) And manages to demonstrate excellent performance even in games, the creators of which did not even think about optimizing for Ryzen. That is, the processor adequately shows itself in conditions that are more beneficial for Intel. And the results are sometimes surprising: if in Battlefield 1 Ryzen with all the tricks cannot catch up with Intel, then in the same GTA V the results with i7-7700K are almost indistinguishable - and this despite the fact that the clock frequency of Ryzen is 600 MHz lower.

Note that the architecture of Ryzen is very sensitive to the frequency of RAM: the speed of the "RAM" has a huge impact on the final performance of the system. So, while assembling a computer, for the time being you will be limited by the choice of strips that are suitable for the characteristics.

As a result, we have to admit that AMD was able to create a good competitive processor, which already ensures the operation of modern games at maximum quality settings and at the same time is far from choking. Well, 8 physical cores will allow to cope with a serious multi-threaded load for a long time.

Main advantages:
  • Acceptable Heat and Power Consumption
  • Decent performance
  • There is reason to expect AM4 longevity
Minuses:
  • RAM requirements
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Unambiguous AMD processor victory over Intel. Fast and cold processor, equal in games with Intel at a reasonable price - something that was not on the market for a long time.

Top Intel processors for budget gaming PCs

Intel Core i3-8350K
13 265

If earlier in this article we set a conditional bar at 10 thousand rubles for budget assemblies, then in the new edition we had to forget about it. In fact, it is at least strange to consider now an assembly with an eye on games on “hyperplays”.

So, i3 finally got 4 full-fledged cores, although at the cost of rejecting hyper-trading. But, naturally, the 4 cores / 4 threads option is more attractive than the 2 cores / 4 threads. True, the power consumption at the same time immediately jumped by half - from 60 W in i3-7350K to 91 W in i3-8350K. Given that the processor has an unlocked multiplier, it will most likely be bought under overclocking, and it will start to warm up even more. So, it’s not worth saving on the motherboard and the cooler.

And now let’s dwell on the obvious question - isn’t it better to buy a Ryzen 5 2600X? The answer is difficult to give definitely. In games, where the demands on performance are higher, i3 looks more interesting, but as soon as it starts working full-fledged multi-thread, it becomes clear that there are no extra cores (unless, of course, this is not a Threadripper): Ryzen comes forward.

But this was a katabatic condition. In the overclocking, Intel is expected to break away from AMD, since it can take on higher frequencies.

Main advantages:
  • Decent Single Flow Performance
  • Good overclocking potential
Minuses:
  • With a high multi-threaded load, the lack of physical cores is already beginning to be felt.
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Well, what a very good stone. The same Far Cry 5 on the ultra quietly passed, although the processor loads under 100.
Intel Core i3-7320
13 068

So, what to do if the ceiling of the budget for the processor is 10 thousand, and you want to have at least some performance in games? We'll have to look towards the dual cores with the maximum clock frequency, buy something with an unlocked multiplier in the store with such a budget will not work: the Intel Core i3-7350K at the average price has already dropped from the limit set for the rating.

Therefore, we turn to the Intel Core i3-7320. Two cores operating at 4.1 GHz are fully capable of digesting modern games at acceptable quality settings. Cache is too small, but it can not be called a fatal flaw. But the manufacturer’s declared thermal package is only 51 W, which will make it possible not to throw out a substantial amount for a multiphase-powered motherboard and a top “tower” or water cooling. There remains the potential for upgrading to more powerful processors under the LGA 1151.

Main advantages:
  • The ability to build a good gaming system for low-cost components
Minuses:
  • For multi-threaded applications, the processor is already weak
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Now it's better to invest in a video card - it can be loaded and the i3 processor is quite capable. GTA V, FC4 are going, about War Thunder and keep quiet.
Intel Core i3-7300
11 490

What do we lose by dropping the clock rate of only 100 megahertz? Yes, in general, nothing special. But the money saved (in comparison with the i3-7320) is already enough for a cooler, quite effective for working with a processor having a TDP of 51 W.

Even in synthetic tests the difference is minimal. To the previous processor, i3-7300 loses the crumbs: a difference of 120 points on PassMark cannot be considered cardinal.

Main advantages:
  • Same 7320, but cheaper
Minuses:
  • Weak on multicore, like all dual cores.
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I chose a good processor for reviews. Gathered an inexpensive computer, but it is quite pulling and games. The same Far Cry 4 recently pereproshat, enough FPS at an acceptable quality is.

Top low-cost AMD processors

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
6 678

In the budget segment of AMD, Intel is still just as interesting, at a price comparable to the “hyperpieces”, Ryzen 3 offers us 4 physical cores with an unlocked multiplier, and even an integrated video accelerator Radeon Vega 8.

Of course, you can rely on the help of “integration” only in the case of the strictest economy: for example, in Battlefield 1 at low settings in FullHD, Vega 8 barely masters the threshold of 40 frames per second. However, if you compare it with the “embedded” in the same i3-8350K, which at a price twice as much squeezes out as much as 18 FPS without a discrete video card ...

However, if we are talking about the game assembly, it is logical to assume that the “discrete” in the system will be installed. And in this case, the majority of games in FullHD at the maximum quality settings of the processor are quite capable, although in Watch Dogs 2 we already feel a lack of power, and in Battlefield 1 “brakes” with a drop in FPS below 30 can appear at the most inappropriate time. If you do not twist the graphics settings to the maximum - we have the same budget assembly, do not forget? - then there will be no complaints about the “playability” of the Ryzen 3 2200 G.

Main advantages:
  • Good performance for the price "nowhere else."
  • The ability to further upgrade the system to more powerful AM4 processors
  • Moderate heat generation
Minuses:
  • The built-in video accelerator will only come as an “emergency option” if a discrete video card fails.
9.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
It should be like FX at one time, and in fact the speed is significantly better, and the heating is just ridiculous. So far, I have invested more in mother and memory, in order to later calmly upgrade to Zen 2.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
6 980

What good will AMD offer us in the “no more than 10 thousand” processor segment? Not so little: four physical cores operating at 3.5 GHz plus an unlocked multiplier. This is a very serious incentive when building a computer to look in the direction of the "red".At a price at the level of Core i3, this processor can actually play on the field of the sixth and seventh generation Core i5, while undemanding for cooling.

The only "but" is the traditional requirement for the use of high-speed memory, so that before assembling the system on the Ryzen, one has to go and smoke, forums, choosing bars that can work with confidence at high frequencies. So far, not so many.

Main advantages:
  • Cool, high performance processor
  • The possibility of further upgrade to more powerful processors, since for all "Risen" (except Treadripper) uses one socket.
Minuses:
  • The requirement for the frequency of RAM
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
For your money - definitely the best processor. GeForce GTX1050 loads without problems.

Which processor for games is better to choose?

There has always been a paradoxical situation with games - if you scroll through the tests of the old days, you can find a strange thing: the top new processors do not have a cardinal advantage over the current "middling". The gaming industry, actively spurring the development of video accelerators, is at the same time very conservative in terms of CPU usage. Ten years ago, even two cores were not particularly needed: the games worked hard in the same thread, ignoring the increased multi-threaded processor performance.

Therefore, the choice of a processor with high performance in a multikor is a reserve for the future, for “I want everything and now” it is more profitable to buy not a top “stone”, but the “middling” that has managed to become a little outdated. In today's games, 4 physical cores at 4.5 GHz, all other things being equal, will prove to be more efficient than 8, but at 3.5 GHz.

However, the development of software as a whole, and not just games, unequivocally indicates that there is a future for multithreading. Moreover, even now the “extra” cores will not be superfluous. Imagine a simple situation: the game, squeezing one hundred percent load from the physical cores, will inevitably lose speed, once the operating system starts the resource-intensive process against the background. If you stream the game, then a lot of resources will also remove the processing of the video stream. What is better - take away some of the resources from the game or use the free? Naturally, the second. Record letplaya? Well, when encoding a video before posting on a video hosting site, multithreading is in demand right now.

And finally, computers are using more and more high-speed data lines — they are needed for the video card and RAM, and SSDs have not been satisfied with SATA capabilities for a long time, working directly with PCI-Express. Here the advantages of more modern processors are already obvious, even if there is no big difference in FPS in your favorite games.

Have a good shopping!

Watch the video: Top 5 best gaming processors under 15k (January 2020).

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