Best CPUs of 2020 So Far (Gaming, Workstation, Overclocking, Budget, & Disappointment)

We’re recapping the best CPUs of 2020 so far. With half the year over, and with ever more CPUs on the horizon, it’s time to look at the best gaming CPUs, best budget CPUs, best production, & more.
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This CPU round-up recaps all our testing and benchmark data from the most recent CPU launches, including the Intel “10th Gen” CPUs and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X & 3100 launch. Our goals are to look for the best CPUs for gaming, the best CPUs for video editing (rendering) & programming (code compile), for 3D modeling and animation, for Photoshop, the most fun overclocking CPUs, the best budget CPUs, and the best overall CPU. Some of these categories consider price, some don’t — it just depends on what’s being discussed. The Intel vs. AMD Ryzen benchmarks have heated up lately, and so the results have shuffled from our previous Best Of round-up. For more depth on any given CPU, please check the corresponding reviews by searching the channel. We won’t be going in as much excruciating detail in this one as in the reviews, as it’s meant to be more of a buyer’s guide.

BEST CPUs OF 2020 (So Far)

Best Overall Gaming CPU: Intel i5-10600K (Amazon) –
Best Budget Gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (Amazon) –
Honorable Mention: AMD Athlon 3000G (Amazon) –

Best All-Around CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Amazon) –

Best Small Business & Hobbyist Production: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Amazon) –
Honorable Mention: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Amazon) –

Best High-End Workstation: AMD Threadripper 3990X (Amazon) –

Most Fun to Overclock: Intel i9-10900K (Amazon) –

Biggest Disappointment: Intel i7-10700K (Amazon) –
Honorable Mention: Intel i5-10400 (Amazon) –


00:00 – Recapping a Crazy First Half for CPUs
02:00 – Who This Content is For
03:20 – Best Gaming CPU Overall
06:15 – Best Budget Gaming CPU
09:30 – Best Overall CPU
12:10 – Best Small Business & Hobbyist Production CPU
14:12 – Best High-End Workstation CPU
17:05 – Most Fun CPU to Overclock
18:50 – Biggest Disappointment
19:45 – Worst Trend in CPUs

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  1. davidbrennan5 on March 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    My Computer is worth almost double what it was when I built it last year, when you told us not to build a Computer, that said no one has a crystal ball and you are forgiven.

  2. Gamers Nexus on March 11, 2021 at 10:50 pm
  3. Seirodor on March 11, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    by these graphs my delidded 7700k with liquid metal is still worthy for mine 1080p 144hz gaming… nice

  4. Joe Vaghn on March 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    what about the 10700 (non-K)? 100 dollars cheaper

  5. WhoIsTylerKiz on March 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Hit the nail on the head – The market is way more complex now. I had been sitting on a 6600K and GTX 1070 build for the last few years. Seemed like a ton of other people are in the same boat as me. The sheer volume of CPU models and GPU models that have come out since my build and the fact that AMD is now the market leader for CPUs made me feel super out of the loop.

    Also, kudos on how much you guys have grown over the years. Last time we chatted I was helping out with PR for a funky and really niche thermoelectric cooler (HEX 2.0) back in 2016. You’ve grown a ton since then!

  6. David M on March 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Are those mouse mats made in China?

  7. aleksi faswf on March 11, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    based on my research inter i5-9600k should win ryzen 3300 and 3600. and in europe the price is the same.

  8. Arul Prakash on March 11, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    is it okay for me for not having k series processor, having i5 10600 is for 65w, didn’t want overclock, and for home use for medium settings for gaming, and for learning and do home editing videos, faster conversion for bigger video files from my mobile video, downloaded movies,etc…so is it okay for me having i5-10600 ?

  9. benderue on March 11, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I have 200 dollars to spend on a cpu which one do you recommend?

  10. diego videla on March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    My i7 4790k overclock is over the ryzen 5 in benchmarks scores in all cores and in single core I’m over ryzen 9 3950x. I haven’t seen a big difference in benchmark scores yet against new cpus even against 9 and 10 intel gen. The ryzen 7 3750x is only 900 pts over me and it has double the cores and threads and in single core is way down against mine. I’m waiting to a really good cpu to come out to change mi rig

  11. ATX on March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I have an Rx 5700 and Ryzen 5 3600 but I want to upgrade ? what the hell do I upgrade too ?

  12. Burak Durmazlar on March 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I think all of the world best processor is AMD Ryzen 9 3950X. It has 16-Core and it’s processor speed is 4.7 GHz. It is unbelievable, isn’t it.Click Amazon link for more information

  13. BartTheTreeGuy on March 11, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    That moment when your cpu ends up being most disappointing. Damnit lol

  14. Christian Pönopp on March 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    You need to redo this video 😀

  15. Joshua Roedl on March 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Wireless computer processors are the next leap forward in technology.

  16. Garrido2324 on March 11, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    3600 these days : 300 €. Men could you talk still about ryzen???

  17. Ttv Denier on March 11, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    sooo im planning on getting another pc.. my built is currently an intel 1-7 10700k with nvidia geforce 2070 super.. Should i use my current one for gaming or streaming??

  18. FuFiNo on March 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    and the update for now ? xD

  19. John R. Timmers on March 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I wonder how the new Ryzen 3 3100 compares

  20. atakan türkyılmaz on March 11, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    ireally hope intel will do something about i7 at 11 th ..somthing special in old days there was i7 4770k or4790k..something like that..i7 stay so low next to i5 10600k..overall i7 10700k a good cpu..if u consider the price beetween i9 10900k and i7 10700k..170 dolar a bit much..of course i5 10600k has better value but for future proof i7 10700k would be way better option.

  21. b0n3r on March 11, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    what cpu should i buy? i’m looking for a new processor for playing video games,( my graphic card is ok btw) idk maximum 200 dollars please

  22. googol on March 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    you know you livin like larry when you sponsored by your own brand

  23. Puneet Jangid on March 11, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 7 2700, which should i get for video/photo editing. and also how much defference will it have with editing pov.

  24. Waneda Ordonez on March 11, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    ?How much are the mouse mats?

  25. Filthy Peasant Gaming on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    The demand for the 10600k was so high that I found a 10700k for roughly the same price… And considering 8/16 is the same as next gen console, I figured it would be "future proof" for gaming. So far i’m really happy with it… I get that the 10600k is better for value but that’s assuming you could find one at the listed price.

  26. Juan Pablo on March 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I’m looking to upgrade my cpu I have a gtx 1060 16b was wondering for the price difference and long run which one would be better Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 3 3300x

  27. school friends he he on March 11, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    How about the ryzen5 2600?

  28. MP V on March 11, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you for your reviews, they all are very helpful!

  29. Joris Rombout on March 11, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Can somebody help, I am looking to buy a new pc but I need to pick a cpu for gaming and the i5 9400f is better then the 3300x but it’s around the same price, why did he say that you should buy the 3300x??

  30. z0h on March 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    In reality the 3300X costs about $240. Not the $120 that everyone keeps saying.

  31. Marc Yu on March 11, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    The difference between 10600k and 10600kf is the internal graphic difference, right? There’s no difference in performance. Well I hope I can run FS2020 with this cpu…better get 2080ti or 3080.. not to spend for cpu..

  32. Nabeel Syed on March 11, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Why are the numbers on the CPU covered/hidden?

  33. Mo Khaleel on March 11, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    We want the same report after the Zen3 processors release

  34. P2 WIZY on March 11, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    The threadripper 3990x is so overkill XD

  35. Top 5 Tech on March 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Wow! Who else needs that power??

  36. nati on March 11, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I thick the best budget is a i5 10 gen :]

  37. Drake Taveney on March 11, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I decided to upgrade at the worst time EVER to build a new computer. There is so much new tech out and ZERO availability. Got everything together (besides CPU and GPU) and assumed that AMD would have CPUs available late November/ early December and that with their GPU launch the GPU market would be flooded. Boy was I wrong, I underestimated the increase of demand and how limited AMDs supply was because of the PS5, Xbox, and GPU launches. (Besides scalped %150-%300 price increases) For the last month and a half I cant find a CPU (5000 series) or GPU (30 Nvidia or 6000 Radeon). So, I need to find a CPU (pre AMD 5000 series) because of the current lack of stock/scalping issues. If you’re looking for cheap last gen parts on Ebay or Craigslist, this video is a great guide. Exactly the information I was looking to find. For now I’m just looking for something to allow me to finish the build and upgrade to 5000 series later. 3300x or 3600x, depending on price as a cheap stop gap until I can finally get my hands on a MSRP 5000 series CPU.

  38. Piesang on March 11, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I wish these videos included best streaming CPUs

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  40. Awake22 on March 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    i5-7400 3.00ghz opinions?

  41. BartTheTreeGuy on March 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    This comment section has a mid range of toxicity. With AMD and Intel fanboys screaming with their hair on fire, it’s not as bad as some other youtube channels but our testing shows reading them can be mildly annoying.

  42. Abe Haile on March 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    That Z490 motherboard is a MILF

  43. Radu on March 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Intel fanboys

  44. Pita Broodje Met kaas on March 11, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    4790k 3 more years!

  45. Enyemberth Duarte on March 11, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    "The 10600K has better performance" and also a fucking HIGHER PRICE

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