AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

The best CPU for gaming right now.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Cores: 12 | Threads: 24 | Base Clock: 3.7GHz | Boost Clock: 4.8GHz | Overclocking: Yes | L3 Cache: 64MB | TDP: 105W | PCIe 4.0 lanes: 20

  • The best CPU for gaming
  • Awesome performance throughout
  • Fast and efficient architecture

AMD’s Zen architecture has been improved generation by generation, but the fact that AMD has improved by 19% IPC with Zen 3 is not surprising. The bottom line for us as gamers is that this improvement means that AMD can now go head-to-head with Intel when it comes to games. Honestly, now there is little between these two things that anyone claims to be delusional.

No matter what resolution your gameplays, it can handle it and keep your graphics card of choice with plenty of compelling frames. The fact that this is a 12-core, 24-thread monster means it can cope with anything else you throw at it. So if you have dreams of 3D publishing, video editing or any other serious task, you will know that you have the bravery to handle it. The fact that it won’t hold you back when gaming just makes it sweeter.

The only real downside is the price and the drop in Wraith coolers — don’t forget to take that into account when you buy. Even so, you will get what you pay and this is an extraordinary chip for gaming and anything else you might want to do.

If you are looking for real power, you can upgrade to Ryzen 9 5950X, which gives you 16 cores and 32 streams. However, it is more expensive than $250, and for gaming purposes, and even most content creation jobs, the 5900X is more than enough.

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