Best CPUs for Gaming: Holiday 2022

As we head into the Black Friday period, there’s an abundance of new desktop CPUs from both AMD and Intel to select from. The two big launches for 2022 in the world of CPUs – AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series and Intel’s 13th generation Core – have ended up also being two of the most performance-competitive CPU launches from a that we’ve ever seen.

First out of the gate in late September was AMD, who launched its eagerly-anticipated Ryzen 7000 series. Based on its new Zen 4 core and built on TSMC’s 5 nm node, the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X 16C/32T made big waves at launch. Less than two weeks later, Intel launched its 13th Generation Core parts – codenamed Raptor Lake – bringing to bear higher clockspeeds and doubling the number of efficiency cores per SKU across Intel’s lineup. Coupled with this, both AMD and Intel have tweaked their pricing strategies versus their previous pandemic-constrained practices; on average AMD CPU prices have ticked up, while Intel CPU prices have ticked down. Meaning the competition calculus has changed at multiple points (and that’s before getting into platform costs).

Consequently, as we approach the end of 2022, both AMD and Intel have very strong hands with their current generation parts.