While everything matters from storage space to the RAM, it’s your laptop’s processors that do most of the talking. After graphics cards, computer processors is what governs the performance for gaming PCs.
So, what is a good processor speed for your gaming computer?
The answer to this question would vary each year, thanks to technological advancements, and we look at what you should expect in 2018.
We shall be going price wise, starting with a budget user who’s new to PC gaming and then upwards to a power user who wouldn’t mind spending a bit on the best gaming equipment out there.
Each of the processors will be tested in the same benchmark PC having the following configuration for a fair test: 16GB RAM, GTX 1070, SSD.
The following games will be used: The Witcher 3, Battlefield 1 and Ashes of the Singularity. They will be run at 1440p.
1. For Budget Oriented Builds/ For First Time Gamers
Intel has ruled this segment with its Celeron G3950. This processor may be devoid of any high-end features like hyperthreading but what it lacks, it makes up with a really cheap price tag: About 53 pounds.
It’s a really affordable choice considering what you get: A dual-core, a dual threaded processor with a TDP of 51 watts. There will be no overclocking and a maximum clock speed it will go is 3Ghz as it is not unlocked and the memory speed is 2400MHZ.
The multitasking performance is at par with higher processors, but it falls behind in more intensive tasks.
You have a test bench score of 38FPS with Witcher 3, which is pretty impressive considering the price of the processor. The Battlefield 1 results were not that great however at 24FPS which is understandable as the game itself requires a quad-core processor as its minimum requirements.
Overall, this CPU isn’t highly performing by any means, in about three years, games will cease to work on it. However, for competitive titles and for older games, it’s still is worth it, with low end older games like CS: GO performing really well while using only a single core. The maximum temperature it reached only 39°C, and it only draws 67W from the SMPS too. If you want some cheap gaming at bang prices, this is the CPU to go for.
- Config: Dual-Core Processor
- Speed: 3GHZ
2.For Medium Builds/ For people who are upgrading from previous gaming PCs
This area is best left to AMD with its medium-range processors performing significantly better than their Intel counterparts. And even in 2017, it is no different with the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X. It is the cheapest processor in AMD’s new architecture- Ryzen. But this certainly doesn’t mean it’s not strong by any means; it can surely get some real work done. At approximately $300 plus excluding import and taxes, this quad-core CPU offers unmatched performance for its price.
In the test rig, it averaged about 54.1FPS with Witcher 3. This was undoubtedly better than any Intel CPU we tested in this price bracket and was very impressive. It clocked about 63FPS in Battlefield 1 which was expected and 47.8FPS in the CPU intensive title Ashes of the Singularity.
This CPU gave rock hard results for gaming however it had moderate results in normal application tests. The multitasking was subpar at most with cheaper Intel competitors beating it. If you want a solid CPU purely for gaming, this is the CPU to go for.
- Config: Quad Core Processor
- Speed:3.5GHZ base clock, 3.7GHZ with boost
3. For High end builds/ High-End Gamers and Power users
Intel wins the segment here with its i7-7700K. It’s got significantly lower power consumption than its competitors and a higher cache size than other Intel chips. Intel faces stiff competition from AMD, but the i7 just graces past the competition emerging as the apparent winner. The single-core and the application tests, in particular, were times when Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process highlighted its efficiency.
The test rig benchmarks backed up the Intel’s standing for Witcher 3 gave about 74FPS in maxed out settings. Battlefield 1 gave about 73FPS which were more than playable. Ashes of the Singularity gave about 59FPS.
When it came to gaming, the i7 smashed all benchmarks, however, in multicore tests, the processor lagged slightly behind AMD’s Ryzen offerings as they have eight cores. But the difference is hardly felt though.
- Config: Quad Core
- Speed:4.2GHZ base clock, 4.5GHZ with Turbo
4.For Ultra High end builds/Avid gamers and Super Users
This is another highly competitive group with just two contenders: Intel’s Core i9-7920X and AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. Mind you; these are two of the world’s fastest processors around. And after comprehensive testing, there emerged one winner: Intel’s i9.
With a monstrous 12 cores and 24 threads, the CPU also demanded very high power from the SMPS of 165Watts. This means that in addition to it being immensely expensive, you also needed a powerful enough motherboard to run it.
In benchmark PC tests, it absolutely blew the scores with Battlefield 1 clocking at 119FPS. Witcher 3 gave about 133FPS and Ashes of the Singularity, about 96FPS average. This is the highest by far we’ve ever seen on all-out tests and rightly so considering the fact that this behemoth of a CPU is priced at around $1,200.
With a high power requirement and an exorbitant price tag, the i9 is focused on a niche set of consumers aiming for the very best in computing power without hesitating on laying down some serious dough.
- Config:12Core Processor
- Speed:2.9GHZ base clock, 4.4 Maximum speed
With that, we conclude the extensive tests for the most powerful CPUs the world has to offer. In this time and generation of tech, the CPU is highly fragmented with tons of processors with various offerings that can be overwhelming and a tad too cumbersome to choose. We hope this test helps you pick and have the best of experience with the CPU you need.