The best CPU for gaming

The best CPU for gaming doesn’t need to have the most cores, the fastest clocks, the largest caches, or the most advanced architecture. The best CPU for gaming just needs to offer a great gaming experience at a price that makes sense. Simple really.

The good news is that there are plenty of great processors out there at affordable price points right now. Indeed, with the launch of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake family, the best processor for gaming isn’t the all-singing, all-dancing halo chip at the pinnacle of Intel’s lineup, but one a little further down the pecking order. You’ll find the Intel Core i5 12600K newly installed at the top of our list, and for very good reason—it offers awesome gaming performance at a great price point.

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