When it comes to the best budget processor for gaming, we think of only one best computer processor is the Intel processors but in the last couple of years, the Intel core processor generation is been taken by another company who are selling more products than Intel. I am talking about the AMD Ryzen processors.

Best budget processor for gaming

AMD Processors have been in the market for a long time but they used to make microprocessors which are been fitted in Laptops. So, people didn’t know about AMD much for making processors but in the last 2 or 3 years, they started manufacturing the Ryzen processors at a lesser price with higher core and threads compared to Intel Core Processors.

AMD launched their 1st generation processors of Ryzen in March, here you can check the processor list:


The Ryzen 3600x comes with Wraith Spire Cooler which is very important for nowadays CPUs. In the pack of Ryzen 7 1800x it comes with an RGB cooler. Users don’t have to spend extra money on the cooler whereas in Intel core processors they have to spend more money to purchase the processor and extra money for the cooler (Intel includes a stock cooler but buying a processor at 20% to 30% more than the competitor and then also you don’t get a cheap thermal cooler, so it’s better you say they don’t include any coolers inside).

So, now coming to the best budget gaming processor and why AMD is selling more than Intel:

Now the best budget processor for gaming has a new successor or you can call competitor, the Ryzen 5 3600 is AMD’s new $200 6-core, 12-thread processor released on July 7th. The chip can be clocked between 3.6 GHz and 4.2 GHz, with a 32MB L3 cache and a 65-watt Thermal Design Power (TDP) and as usual, it comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler inside the package and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) which is same as R5 2600 launched at.

Why AMD is the best budget gaming processor?

Now, if we compare the AMD Ryzen processor with the Intel Core processor, the direct competition with R5 3600 is the i5 9600 which cost around $215 which is $15 more than AMD R5 3600, but i5 9600 doesn’t come on exclusive sale so we could compare the i5 9600k which is even more expensive than the R5 3600 and R5 3600x as well. i5 9600x costs $255 and doesn’t include a box cooler whereas the R5 3600x costs around $249.


As the other processors like R9 3900X, 9700K, 9900K, Threadripper 2920X and Core i9-7900X are for high-end expensive CPU’s and we are covering budget CPU’s with the best budget gaming processor also, so we are going to review the Ryzen 5 3600x and i5 9600k, as already the other processors have just a 10% to 20% difference which will give you a rough idea about the processors.

What is a good processor speed?
Processor Speed

To test these new processors, we select MSI X570 Creation for the AMD Ryzen processor and included DDR4-3200 CL14 memory and the stock cooler. For the Intel Core processor, we selected the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra, with the same RAM modules as the Ryzen CPU, but cooled using the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum AIO liquid cooler. As the Intel CPUs are not TDP restricted, so we’re showing the best-case scenario for out of the box performance, but we will factor in the cost of a reseller’s exchange cooler for them when we experience our cost investigation at the ending of the review. Our graphics card of choice was the GIGABYTE Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.


  • Cinebench R20 x64 (CPU Multicore)
  • Cinebench R20 x64 (CPU Singlecore)
  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
  • BattleField V
  • Farcry New Dawn
  • Metro Exodus
  • Rage 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Tom Clancy's The Division

Here we compared both the processors in Cinebench R20 and some AAA games to get you a rough idea about which is the best budget gaming processor. Here are some images of the processor benchmarks:

Now we also compared the other processor’s speed and performance of AMD as well as Intel, here’s the list of various types of processors benchmarks done by Techspot:

First, we started our test with Cinebench R20’s multi-core test. The R5 3600 is giving an outstanding output as it’s performing almost the same as the Ryzen 7 1800X with a difference of just 10 points. This test gave us a result that R5 3600 is 4% faster than the Intel i7 8700k, also 20% increase in the performance than the 2600X and a huge difference with the older version of R5 which is 28% faster the R5 2600.

The single-core performance is also outstanding, here the 3600 was just 4% slower than the 3700X and that meant it was able to match the Core i5-9600K and just edge out the 8700K.

Now with the WinRAR, the R5 3600 is doing great, falling just short of the 8700K by a 4% margin. That made it 45% faster than the Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 7 2700X.

Now coming for the content creators rendering problem i.e. Rendering time. So, the AMD Ryzen processors are known for the most less rendering time. Like the $200 R5 3600 competes with the Intel’s $360 8700k and completed 4k workload 4% faster. 

Here are some more benchmarks:

Power Consumption

As Intel focuses on the power consumption so obviously Intel’s processors will be at the top, so here are some results:

Gaming Benchmark

Here is the full gaming benchmark of the best gaming processors:  

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey_1080p
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey_1440p
  • BattleField V_1080p
  • BattleField V_1440p
  • Rage 2_1080p
  • Rage 2_1440p
  • FarCry New Dawn_1080p
  • FarCry New Dawn_1440p
  • Tomb Raider_1080p
  • Tomb Raider_1440p

Thermals Benchmark

Now, as we got the Wraith Spire cooler included in the package and we installed the cooler and we got some great results for a cooler with the package for free.

Now, as we got the Wraith Spire cooler included in the package and we installed the cooler and we got some great results for a cooler with the package for free.


As predicted the Ryzen 5 3600x performs great with the most basic B350 motherboard, also they get a regular BIOS updates. Additionally, the people’s favorite B450 board, the MSI Tomahawk and you’ll have a killer combo for any amount over $300. In this amount, you can get an Intel 9600k with a mid-range cooler.

So, who can buy this processor?
  • If you just want to go for gaming only and you have a budget than without a doubt go for INTEL, but if you have less budget and want for gaming only then either go with lower specification like cost-cutting in the RAM, Graphic Card, Storage, CPU cabinet, Cooling fan or even in Processor


AMD Processor
  • You can go with the AMD Ryzen with all high-end specification compromising minor fallbacks like thermal, power consumption and a big lower FPS in some games.
  • Thinking for gaming as well as for content creation than go for AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or higher with a mid-range graphics card (Radeon or Nvidia).
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
  • If you want to go just for only content creation you should go with the AMD Ryzen Radeon Vega graphics or even AMD Ryzen + Radeon Graphics Card (It’s cheaper than Nvidia Graphic Cards)
Wraith Stealth
  • If you want only for causal office work then I would suggest you should select the Ryzen 3 processor, also the Wraith Stealth cooler is included inside the box which saves a great number of bucks.

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