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Best CPU for ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme 2021

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme
ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme is one of the best motherboards. It's also one of the best X570 chipset-touting boards from ASUS for AMD processors, and we've rounded up the best CPUs for the ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme right here.

Choosing the best CPU

There's no "wrong" processor to choose for a motherboard, so long as it supports the socket. The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Extreme is a killer motherboard with plenty of high-end features that make up the premium price. To make the most out of the board, you'll want an AMD Ryzen 9 processor.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is the best CPU for consumers before entering Threadripper territory. It has an impressive 16 cores and 32 threads with a clock speed of 3.4GHz. You can even overclock this thing to extract yet more performance from the power-hungry CPU.

If you don't need that much performance or don't have nearly $1,000 to spend on a processor, we'd recommend the Ryzen 9 5900X, which is the entry model for the 5000 series of Ryzen 9 CPUs. It's still a mighty processor with 12 cores and 24 threads and is better suited to tasks like gaming.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.