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ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

Picking the best CPU for your PC depends largely on what motherboard you choose. Going with the excellent ASUS ROG Strix X570-E allows you to install anything from a budget-focused Ryzen 3 3300X up to an impressively powerful Ryzen 9 5950X. We offer several options for the best CPU for the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard.

Warning! Please be aware of inflated pricing. You will find most AMD processors listed for more than the original launch price, which is due to heightened demand and the global pandemic. Stay vigilant and spot good deals that actually save you money before giving in to temptation.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (opens in new tab)

Best Performance

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is simply amazing. It really is incredible how AMD managed to cram inside 16 cores/32 threads for impressive computing performance. It's also the most powerful processor from AMD's 5000 series of CPUs. This CPU will be able to handle even the most demanding of games at 1440p and 4K, as well as any software you can throw at it.

Choosing the best processor

There are plenty of good AMD processors from the 5000 series alone, but this motherboard will also work with 3000-series processors. Just don't go buying an APU (processors with a "G" as a suffix) since these are not supported by the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. Our top pick is the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, which is more than capable of handling demanding games and software.

If you need a little more guts from your CPU, there's always the mightily impressive Ryzen 9 5900X, which is touted as the best gaming CPU from AMD. Then there's the Ryzen 9 5950X, overkill for most PC builds, which is totally awesome if you manage to keep it cooled enough to hit turbo clock speeds.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.