Intel Core i9-9900K AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Intel Core i7-9700K AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Best CPU
Admittedly, we take a bit of artistic licence when we say that a lot of these things we’re giving awards to this year are essential, but the CPU is literally one of the be all and end alls of any PC. Without one you’ve got yourself a very expensive metal box and with one you can have one of the best rigs going. Which is why we must group together and honour those CPUS that have blown us away this year. Whether through the sheer calculative power they hold, the mind-bogglingly innovative technology they’ve used or just a great price for what you get, these are our top picks for this year’s CPUs.
Intel Core i7-9700K
If the 9900K had your wallet recoiling in fear, the Intel Core i7-9700K was the answer for those looking at top-tier gaming performance for a far more reasonable price. Intel opted to drop the HyperThreading for 9th Gen Core i7, opting for eight cores capable of running at blistering clock speeds. The result is a $380 processor that comes within a hair’s width of matching the gaming performance of the Core i9.
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