This article lists the top 5 best CPUs in 2023 that have performed best in gaming and other content creation.
In 2023, a handful of CPUs from both the Red and the Blue Team has released. These CPUs now support the latest Gen PCIe Gen 5.0 and DDR5 technology. These latest CPUs are equipped with the latest technologies and are almost twice their last year’s counterparts.
So at the end of 2022, we picked up the best and the fastest CPUs you can buy either during the holidays of 2022 or 2023. We have chosen the CPUs based on their performance, price, design, capability to handle the latest gen technologies, etc.
So without further delay, let’s check out the top 5 best CPUs in 2023.
Fastest CPUs in 2023 – Intel Core i9 13900K
Undoubtedly, this will be the best and the fastest CPU of the year. Intel again took the crown this year by releasing the Core i9 13900K. This is the ultimate CPU in the PC gaming market, with 24 cores and 48 threads. This time, it comes from the Raptor Lake S family with Gen 5 support.
Intel has manufactured it with a base frequency of 3 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.4GHz. It also supports a base of 5600MT/s Speed of DDR5 ram and can be boosted up to 6800 MT/s. This 13th gen CPU has compatibility with Z690 and Z790 motherboard and has a price tag of $589. Those looking for the ultimate gaming and content creation performance can surely go for this CPU.
- 24 cores, 32 threads
- Base Frequency 3 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.4 GHz
- PCIe Gen 5 Support
- $589 price
- DDR5 5600 MT/s Speed Support
- Z790 and Z690 motherboard compatible
- Ultimate King of CPUs in the PC gaming market right now
Best AMD CPUs in 2023 – AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
Our 2nd choice goes with AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. It is the 2nd best CPU from the AMD Ryzen family. AMD has upgraded and redesigned its CPUs to get compatible with DDR5 technology. It is the best AMD CPU in the PC gaming market and almost matches the performance of the Intel 13900k.
By keeping the fact of the latest gen games, It comes with a 16 cores and 32 threads design. With a base frequency of 4.5 GHz, you can boost it up to 5.7 GHz. With integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, it has a base clock of 400 MHz. It supports X and B series 670 and 650 series motherboards along with the max capability of 6000 MHz DDR5 ram support. If you are looking for an update from the last-gen core i9, then go for it, as it will deliver more gaming fps.
- 16 cores and 32 threads
- 4.5 GHz base frequency which can be boosted up to 5.7 GHz
- Only DDR5 RAM support that goes up to 6000 MHz in boosted mode
- Integrated Radeon Graphics which hold a 400Mhz base clock and 2200 MHz frequency
- $699 price
- It almost matches the performance of 7900X and is slightly better than the Core i9 12900k
- Best High range CPU in the PC gaming market right now
Best CPUs in 2023 – Intel Core i7 13700K
Our 3rd choice goes with Intel Core i7 13700K CPU. This CPU from intel is an upgraded version of the 12th gen alder lake i7 CPU. This is the best mid to high-range CPU in the PC gaming market. With a similar design to the 12th gen core i9, It has been manufactured with 16 cores and 24 threads. It also has backward DDR4 RAM support compatibility.
Intel Core i7 can deliver some great software benchmarking outcomes. It has a max supportive 6000 MHz RAM and can produce great single and multicore performance in Cinebench, Geekbench, Blender, Adobe Premiere, Unreal Engine 5, etc. It performs better in games than the last year’s Intel Core i9 12th gen CPU and the Ryzen 7 7700X.
- Significant Update from the old gen alder lake i7
- 16 cores and 24 threads
- Base Frequency 3.4 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.4 GHz
- Dual DDR4 and DDR5 RAM support with max of 5600 MT/s DDR5 speed
- $409 price
- Z790 and Z690 motherboard compatible
- Slightly better than the Core i9 12900K
- Best Mid to high-range CPU in the PC gaming market right now
Best Mid Tier CPUs in 2023 – AMD Ryzen R7 7700X
Our 4th choice goes with AMD Ryzen R7 7700X. AMD’s Ryzen R7 7700X is the best CPU that can be a great alternative or replacement for Core i7 13700K. If you are looking mid to high-range CPU within a budget with all the latest generation technologies built-in, then you can choose this CPU easily for your gaming right now.
AMD Ryzen R7 CPU comes with a Base frequency of 4.5 GHz. It has manufactured eight cores and 16 threads which may be lower than the 13th gen Core,i7, but it has outperformed in some latest games regarding the fps benchmark. It comes with only DDR5 compatibility and has compatibility with both X and B series motherboards.
- 4.5 GHz base frequency which can be boosted up to 5.4 GHz
- Eight cores and 16 threads
- DDR5 support only
- Excellent Alternate or replacement for Core i7 13700K CPU
- $409 price
Best entry-level gaming CPU in 2023 – Intel Core i5 13600K
Our 5th choice goes with Intel Core i5 13600K. It is probably the best entry-level CPU currently in the PC gaming market. It comes with 14 cores and 20 threads design which is good for the latest gen entry-level gaming. The performance of the Core i5 13600K is much better than Ryzen 5 7600X while both being similarly priced.
Like other CPUs, it has the compatibility of supporting DDR5 ram. It can support a max of 5600 MT/s speed. It supports Z790 and Z690 series motherboards. Intel Core i5 13600K comes with a base frequency of 3.5 GHz. You can boost it up to 5.1 GHz. If you have a high range of hardware, you can easily get approximately an average of 200 fps in every latest-gen game through its CPU.
- 14 cores and 20 threads
- DDR5 max 5600 MT/s speed
- Z790 and Z690 motherboard support
- Approx 200fps gaming benchmark with 32 GB RAM and 3090Ti GPU
- $319 price
Best Entry Level Ryzen 7000 CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 7600X [Worthy Mention]
Our last and final choice goes to the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X CPU. This is the cheapest AMD CPU that you can buy with DDR5 Support. Right now, it is the lowest variant in their whole lineup. It consists of 6 cores and 12 threads and is unlocked for overclocking. The Ryzen 7 7600X is faster than the previous generation Intel 12600K as shown in this article and overtakes the last year’s AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with a significant margin.
- 6 Cores, 12 Threads
- DDR5 Support with up to 5200Mhz
- X670 and B650 Boards Supported
- Comes with 32MB L3 Cache
- Has a base clock of 4.7Ghz and a Boost clock of 5.3Ghz.
- Cheapest on the list at $299.
- Performance is slightly lower than the Intel Core i5 13600K
So this was all about our top 5 picks of Best CPUs in 2023. If you think we have missed anything, let us know in the comments below.
That’s all, folks!
Alapan, Editor at Xombied and Techuda, is a biomechanical Engineer education-wise. But he wanted to go ahead with his life and pursue his career as both Gaming and Tech Reviewer. He is occasionally invited to host, plan and execute Gaming events with multiple brands. Apart from gaming, he loves playing guitar and singing along to the music.