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Best CPU for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 in 2021

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 (Image credit: NVIDIA)

The best processor (CPU) for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 is one that can keep up with the ridiculous amount of performance coming from the GPU. If you're on Team Red, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are a great match, but you can also go with 10th and 11th Gen Intel hardware if you're leaning toward Team Blue. Either way, we've rounded up the best CPUs for your NVIDIA RTX 3090.

If we're making some suggestions

It's not a good time to be shopping for a GPU, especially the RTX 3090 with its elevated price tag. If you did happen to get your hands on one of the best graphics cards available today, you might be looking to upgrade the rest of your PC to match. If you're still in the process of hunting down a GPU, have a look at our guide on where to buy NVIDIA RTX 30-series graphics cards for a few tips.

The CPUs listed above will all pair well with the RTX 3090, and depending on your budget and preferred level of performance, you're going to find something you need. If you're shooting for the best performance possible, stick with AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X or Intel's Core i9-10900X. Want to save a bit of money and still get a ton of power? The Ryzen 9 5900X or Core i9-10900K are great alternatives.

For more buying options, be sure to check out our picks for the best processor for your custom PC.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.