Updated January 30, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 9 Best AMD Processors For Gaming

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Advanced Micro Devices has long been one of the major players in consumer-level CPUs, and many of their latest processors are as good as, or better than, the competition. Plus, in another longstanding tradition, they tend to cost less than comparable models from the other big-name manufacturer. Here are some of the best AMD chips available for multiple levels of PC gaming. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best amd processor for gaming on Amazon.

9. Athlon 240GE

8. ThreadRipper 1920X

7. Threadripper 2920X

6. Ryzen 2700X

5. 2200 G-Class

4. 7-Series 2700

3. 2400 G-Class

2. 5-Series 2600

1. Ryzen 2600X

Editor's Notes

January 26, 2019:

The historical underdogs when it comes to gaming hardware, AMD has been ramping up their performance lately, and is currently directly competing with Intel for a share of the gaming market. In fact, if you take price into consideration, the Red Team actually edges out the big guys in some categories. For example, their newest Athlon release has a frequency of nearly 4 gigahertz, and costs well under $100, which is certainly impressive. A step above that, the Ryzen 2200G doesn't cost much more, and comes with integrated graphics that are sufficient for many less-complex titles. If you want to future-proof your rig without taking out a second mortgage, the 2600 and its X variant are both quite powerful; the former is awfully fast for a 65W TDP unit, and comes with a smaller and quieter cooler, while the latter will chug along without difficulty in the most CPU-heavy games. The 2700 versions are quite near the front of the consumer-grade pack, though the X model can drive your PC's build cost up somewhat more. Threadrippers are useful if, in addition to 3D titles, you're a multimedia professional or systems analyst who works with huge files and multi-threaded applications. And if you're looking for the most bang for your buck, as well as a low power draw and great heat dissipation, take a good look at the 2400G, which provides both. One additional positive note on AMD's CPUs: unlike the other guys', each of these chips comes fully unlocked from the factory, enabling easy overclocking — so long as you have the right cooling setup.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 30, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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