Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 9th-gen Core CPUs come with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially because most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. All that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Updated November 25, 2019 to include AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Intel’s Core i9-10980XE, two high-end desktop behemoths, in the fastest CPU section.

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