Best Gaming CPUs

1. Best Overall
Intel Core i7-9700K (9th Gen)
Price: $628.99
Socket: 1151

Cores / Threads: 8 / 8

Base Frequency: 3.6 GHz

Boost Frequency: 4.6 GHz

Integrated Graphics: 350 / 1200

Memory Speed: DDR4-2666

Cache: 12MB

Architecture: Coffee Lake 

Process: 14mm++

TDP: 95W


2. Best Value
Intel Core i5-8400
Price: $199.99
Socket: 1151

Cores / Threads: 6 / 6

Base Frequency: 2.8 GHz

Boost Frequency: 1 Core @ 4.0 GHz, 2 Cores @ 3.9 GHz, 4 Cores @ 3.9 GHz, 6 Cores @ 3.8 GHz

Memory Speed: DDR4-2666

Integrated Graphics: UHD 630 (1150 MHz)

Cache: 10.5MB

Architecture: Coffee Lake 

Process: 14mm++

TDP: 65W



3. Best Budget
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
Price: $141.99
Socket: AM4

Cores / Threads: 4 / 8

Base Frequency: 3.6 GHz

Boost Frequency: 3.9 GHz

Memory Speed: up to DDR4-2933

Integrated Graphics: Vega

Cache: 4MB L3

Architecture: Zen - Vega 

Process: 14mm+

TDP: 65W

4. Best Entry-Level
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Price: $99.99
Socket: AM4

Cores / Threads: 4 / 4

Base Frequency: 3.5 GHz

Boost Frequency: 3.7 GHz

Memory Speed: up to DDR4-2933

Integrated Graphics: Vega

Cache: 4MB L3

Architecture: Zen - Vega 

Process: 14mm+

TDP: 65W


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