Best CPU for AMD Radeon RX 6800 in 2020

Amd Radeon Rx 6800
Amd Radeon Rx 6800 (Image credit: AMD)

Both Intel and AMD processors will work just fine with the AMD Radeon RX 6800 GPU, but if you wanted the very best at launch, you'll want to go with an AMD CPU for enhanced performance. While the Radeon RX 6800 isn't the best graphics card from AMD, it can still make use of a capable multi-core processor. Here are our recommendations.

Choosing the best CPU for AMD Radeon RX 6800

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Choosing the right CPU for your gaming PC build comes down to what games you plan on playing. If you'll be playing modern games at 1080p or 1440p, you likely won't require anything above an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5. More CPU-intense or demanding games at 4K will need something with a little more punch, which both Intel and AMD can offer. If you want the very best, go with the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X.

As aforementioned, you likely won't require all that performance, which is where the excellent AMD Ryzen 9 5900X comes into play. It's a little cheaper, has fewer cores, but is more reasonable for gaming (and your budget). For an Intel motherboard and PC build, you'll want to go with the exceptionally powerful Intel Core i9-10850K.

If you're all about value, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is a great middle-ground that balances performance and price. The same goes for the Intel Core i7-10700K, which is almost as good as the i9-10900K sibling. There are other value options, too, if you feel comfortable with going for a processor with fewer cores and threads.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.