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CPU Hierarchy 2022

CPU is the most important component of a computer. It is called the brain of the PC as it is responsible for allotting components their duties, in simple words, it does all the processing. Picking the right CPU for your PC can be challenging for some people. On the other hand, some people might enjoy this long and tedious process. Looking at this problem, we have made a simple guide on CPU hierarchy, where we have listed all the relevant processors in the market. In this guide, you will find the Gaming CPU hierarchy, with all of the current and last-gen CPUs ranked according to their gaming performance. We have divided the CPU list into 4 parts, which are Enthusiasts, High-end, Mid-range, and Budget CPUs.

CPU Hierarchy
CPU ModelCoresBase ClockOverclockingSocket
Intel Core i9-11900K8 (16)3.5YesLGA1200
Intel Core i9-11900KF8 (16)3.5YesLGA1200
Intel Core i9-119008 (16)2.5NoLGA1200
Intel Core i9-11900F8 (16)2.5NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X16 (32)3.4YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X12 (24)3.7YesAM4
Intel Core i9-10900K10 (20)3.7YesLGA1200
Intel Core i9-10900KF10 (20)3.7YesLGA1200
Intel Core i7-11700K8 (16)3.6YesLGA1200
Intel Core i7-11700KF8 (16)3.6YesLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X8 (16)3.8YesAM4
Intel Core i9-1090010 (20)2.8NoLGA1200
Intel Core i9-10900F10 (20)2.8NoLGA1200
Intel Core i9-10850K10 (20)3.6YesLGA1200
Intel Core i7-117008 (16)2.5NoLGA1200
Intel Core i7-11700F8 (16)2.5NoLGA1200
Intel Core i7-10700K8 (16)3.8YesLGA1200
Intel Core i7-10700KF8 (16)3.8YesLGA1200
Intel Core i5-11600K6 (12)3.9YesLGA1200
Intel Core i5-11600KF6 (12)3.9YesLGA1200
Intel Core i7-107008 (16)2.9NoLGA1200
Intel Core i7-10700F8 (16)2.9NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X6 (12)3.7YesAM4
Intel Core i5-10600K6 (12)4.1YesLGA1200
Intel Core i5-10600KF6 (12)4.1YesLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X16 (32)3.5YesAM4
Intel Core i5-116006 (12)2.8NoLGA1200
Intel Core i5-106006 (12)3.3NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT12 (24)3.8YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X12 (24)3.8YesAM4
Intel Core i5-115006 (12)2.7NoLGA1200
Intel Core i5-114006 (12)2.6NoLGA1200
Intel Core i5-11400F6 (12)2.6NoLGA1200
Intel Core i5-105006 (12)3.1NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT8 (16)3.9YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X8 (16)3.9YesAM4
Intel Core i5-104006 (12)2.9NoLGA1200
Intel Core i5-10400F6 (12)2.9NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X8 (16)3.6YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT6 (12)3.8YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X6 (12)3.8YesAM4
AMD Ryzen 5 36006 (12)3.6YesAM4
Intel Core i3-103204 (8)3.8NoLGA1200
Intel Core i3-103004 (8)3.7NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X4 (8)3.8YesAM4
Intel Core i3-101004 (8)3.6NoLGA1200
Intel Core i3-10100F4 (8)3.6NoLGA1200
AMD Ryzen 3 31004 (8)3.6YesAM4

Tier 1- Enthusiasts

Tier 1- Enthusiasts

These are the most powerful CPUs on the market right now. These tier 1 CPUs have the most cores and threads and exceptional overclocking ability, but they are also more power demanding, not to mention more expensive. For instance, the list includes AMD Ryzen 9 5950X or Intel I9-11900k, which is overkill for a gaming PC. That is why they’re best suited to those who want to use their PCs for more than just gaming. If someone wants to stream, or they might want to use their PC as a workstation, then they might opt for these CPUs. Below is the list of tier 1 CPUs:

AMD RyzenIntel Core
AMD Ryzen 9 5950XIntel Core i9-11900K
AMD Ryzen 9 5900XIntel Core i9-11900KF
AMD Ryzen 9 3950XIntel Core i9-11900
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XTIntel Core i9-11900F
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XIntel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900KF
Intel Core i9-10900F
Intel Core i9-10850K

Tier 2 – High-End

Tier 2 – High-End

The processors found in this tier list are typically the best option for those Gamers who really want to game and get that extra fps. If someone wants to pair their high-end GPU, they can with the CPUs listed in this tier list. Although, these CPUs are not as powerful as the processors in tier 1 but these CPUs can handle any graphic card available in the market. For example, you can pair the beefiest GPU with AMD Ryzen 7 5800X without thinking about bottlenecking.

AMD RyzenIntel Core
AMD Ryzen 7 5800XIntel Core i7-11700K
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XTIntel Core i7-11700KF
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XIntel Core i7-11700
AMD Ryzen 7 3700XIntel Core i7-11700F
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i7-10700KF
Intel Core i7-10700
Intel Core i7-10700F

Tier 3 – Mid-Range

Tier 3 – Mid-Range

The most popular Processors are found in this tier list. Mid-range CPUs are used by most people as they offer great performance, at a reasonable price. You can pair these processors with any GPU with insignificant bottlenecking. We recommend people who are new to gaming to the processors listed in this section as they will fulfill all the requirements.

AMD RyzenIntel Core
AMD Ryzen 5 5600XIntel Core i5-11600K
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XTIntel Core i5-11600KF
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XIntel Core i5-11600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600Intel Core i5-11600F
Intel Core i5-11500
Intel Core i5-11400
Intel Core i5-11400F
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i5-10600
Intel Core i5-10500
Intel Core i5-10400
Intel Core i5-10400F

Tier 4 – Budget

Tier 4 – Budget

Finally, for people who are on a budget and can’t afford to spend a lot of money on a CPU or a PC as a whole, both Intel and AMD have relatively affordable options. These CPUs don’t have the same number of cores and threads as the more costly variants, nor do they have the same amazing clock rates and overclocking capabilities. They’re still reasonably priced, and the most cost-effective option for many budgets or even mid-range gaming PCs. Unfortunately, the CPUs listed in this tier aren’t really future-proof.

AMD RyzenIntel Core
AMD Ryzen 3 3300XIntel Core i3-10320
AMD Ryzen 3 3100Intel Core i3-10300
Intel Core i3-10100
Intel Core i3-10100F

Conclusion

So, these were the CPUs that give the best performance while gaming. We divided the processors into 4 tiers to make it easier for people to generate an idea of the performance and price. However, we didn’t include any of the cheaper entry-level alternatives, such as AMD’s Athlon APUs or Intel’s Pentium and Celeron lines, for the reason that they’re just too weak for gaming and would definitely bottleneck the newest GPUs to a large degree. We only included all the relevant CPUs in this CPU Hierarchy guide.

In the end, if we have missed any CPU that you think should be in this guide, kindly tell us in the discussion section down below.

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