The best gaming CPU - leaderboard 2022

Which CPU is best suited for computer games? We'll give you the answer in our up-to-date leaderboard. With a gaming CPU, the clock frequency, the intermediate memory (cache) and of course the number of CPU cores and the CPU architecture are particularly important. We tested the following processors in the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, but the popularity of each processor is also included in this list.
1.
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
16 Cores @ 3.20 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q4/2021
2.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16 Cores @ 3.40 GHz, 105 W
Release date: Q4/2020
3.
Intel Core i7-12700K
Intel Core i7-12700K
12 Cores @ 3.60 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q4/2021
4.
Intel Core i7-12700KF
Intel Core i7-12700KF
12 Cores @ 3.60 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q4/2021
5.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
12 Cores @ 3.70 GHz, 105 W
Release date: Q4/2020
6.
Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel Core i5-12600K
10 Cores @ 3.70 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q4/2021
7.
Intel Core i5-12600KF
Intel Core i5-12600KF
10 Cores @ 3.70 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q4/2021
8.
Intel Core i7-12700
Intel Core i7-12700
12 Cores @ 2.10 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q1/2022
9.
Intel Core i9-11900K
Intel Core i9-11900K
8 Cores @ 3.50 GHz, 125 W
Release date: Q1/2021
10.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
8 Cores @ 3.80 GHz, 105 W
Release date: Q4/2020
11.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
8 Cores @ 3.80 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q2/2021
12.
Intel Core i7-11700
Intel Core i7-11700
8 Cores @ 2.50 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q1/2021
13.
Intel Core i5-12400
Intel Core i5-12400
6 Cores @ 2.50 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q1/2022
14.
Intel Core i5-12400F
Intel Core i5-12400F
6 Cores @ 2.50 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q1/2022
15.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
8 Cores @ 3.60 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q3/2019
16.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6 Cores @ 3.70 GHz, 65 W
Release date: Q4/2020

Find the best processor

It's not always easy to find the best processor for your needs. While many visitors only pay attention to the theoretical speed of a processor, others want to read detailed test reports that also deal with the processor's speed in practice. Therefore, we have collected a large number of benchmarks in order to meet as many requirements as possible.

We have not only listed our results for you in map form at the top of this page, but also in a clear table at the bottom of this page. So everyone can quickly find their way around and find the best processor for themselves.

What is important in a good gaming CPU

At the beginning we already listed some criteria that are important for a gaming CPU. Above all, the clock frequency or the clock in turbo mode of a processor is important, as many games (including modern ones) still cannot use all of a processor's CPU cores evenly. This is also due to the fact that a significant part of the computing tasks is outsourced to the graphics card and the processor has to pass this data on to the GPU.

If you now decide on a gaming CPU, we recommend a minimum of 16 GB of RAM, which should ideally be operated in dual-channel mode. To do this, at least two main memory sticks (always in pairs, e.g. 4 are also possible) must be installed in the computer, otherwise only one memory channel is used, which halves the memory bandwidth of the processor. Memory speed can also have a major impact on gaming performance.

The best games CPUs clearly listed

In this list view, we have presented the currently best desktop processors in tabular form for you. We sorted the processors by popularity and the Geekbench 5 multi-core result achieved.
Processor Socket TDP Memory
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
LGA 1700 125 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
AM4 105 W DDR4-3200
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i7-12700K
12C 20T @ 3.60 GHz
LGA 1700 125 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
Intel Core i7-12700KF Intel Core i7-12700KF
12C 20T @ 3.60 GHz
LGA 1700 125 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
12C 24T @ 3.70 GHz
AM4 105 W DDR4-3200
Intel Core i5-12600K Intel Core i5-12600K
10C 16T @ 3.70 GHz
LGA 1700 125 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
Intel Core i5-12600KF Intel Core i5-12600KF
10C 16T @ 3.70 GHz
LGA 1700 125 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 2.10 GHz
LGA 1700 65 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
Intel Core i9-11900K Intel Core i9-11900K
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
LGA 1200 125 W DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
8C 16T @ 3.80 GHz
AM4 105 W DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
8C 16T @ 3.80 GHz
AM4 65 W DDR4-3200
Intel Core i7-11700 Intel Core i7-11700
8C 16T @ 2.50 GHz
LGA 1200 65 W DDR4-3200
Intel Core i5-12400 Intel Core i5-12400
6C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
LGA 1700 65 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
Intel Core i5-12400F Intel Core i5-12400F
6C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
LGA 1700 65 W DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
8C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
AM4 65 W DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
AM4 65 W DDR4-3200



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