Best CPU for Playing The Division 2 on PC Windows Central 2020
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is the best CPU you can buy for The Division 2 in terms of performance and value.
Insane value CPU
AMD offers exceptional value with its Ryzen family of processors and the Ryzen 5 2600 is the best of the bunch, with performance that rivals an Intel Core i5 9600K and a price to put a smile on any owner's face.
Who should buy this CPU?
Looking to play The Division 2 and are thinking about building a new PC? You'll want to include the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 in that build spec. Not only is it affordable, but it's also fantastic for games and productivity.
Is it a good time to buy this CPU?
Now is a great time to buy this CPU. AMD refreshed its lineup of Ryzen processors last year and the 2600 is part of this second generation of Ryzen. Even once successors have been released at a later date, this six-core and 12 threads processor will continue to be relevant.
Reasons to buy
- Amazing value
- Great performance
- Comes with good stock cooler
- Compatible with older AM4 motherboards
Reasons not to buy
- Slower than Intel Core i5
Great value CPU
AMD lost vast amounts of market share over the last decade or so to Intel, but the company has returned with some excellent processors and the second generation of Ryzen is a substantial step in the right direction. The Ryzen 5 2600 is one of our favorite CPUs, thanks to the value offered by AMD.
Exceptional performance for the price.
This processor is usually compared to the Intel Core i5 9600K and earlier SKUs. For gaming, there's not a whole lot of difference between it and rival processors, especially in demanding games today that rely heavily on available GPU performance.
The Division 2 will likely see similar results on either processor, making it more of a decision as to whether you wish to save money or enjoy slightly better performance elsewhere. Just remember you'll need around 16GB of RAM and a capable GPU to play The Division 2 at higher settings.
A highlight of the Ryzen 5 2600 is the ability to overclock the processor, allowing you to go far beyond the factory set clock speeds if you have adequate cooling installed. Even if that's not interesting to you, it's still a great processor that should be able to handle heavy PC gaming.
Alternatives to the AMD Ryzen 5 2600
While we believe the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 to be the best CPU to play The Division, you may not have a compatible motherboard or desire more performance, which is where these alternative options come into play.
Intel's mid-range desktop processor
It's more expensive than AMD Ryzen 5 2600, but does come rocking better single-core performance and usually come out tops overall. Still, if you already have a compatible motherboard, the Core i5-9600K is a great CPU.
Intel fans and those with Intel motherboards already will need to look at team blue, and we'd recommend the excellent Core i5-9600K. Not only is this processor slightly quicker (and more expensive) than the Ryzen 5 2600, but it's also unlocked, meaning you can overclock it and enjoy even more performance.
When money is no concern
Ryzen Threadripper processors really are something else. They require an enlarged CPU slot in dedicated AMD motherboards and cost a fair amount to buy, but what you receive is a CPU that can power through most tasks.
The Threadripper 2950X comes rocking 16 Cores and 32 threads, a massive 40MB cache and a maximum boost frequency of 4.4 GHz. It's a beast of a processor and one you should consider if your budget can accommodate it (and a new motherboard).
To play The Division 2 on PC, you'll need a decent processor, but if you really want to enjoy the game AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 is the best option for those on a tighter budget.
Insane value CPU
AMD offers exceptional value with its Ryzen family of processors and the Ryzen 5 2600 is the best of the bunch with the performance that rivals an Intel Core i5 9600K with a price to put a smile on any owner's face.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.
Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.
Richard Devine is a Reviews Editor at Windows Central. You'll usually find him deep in hardware, gaming, both or drinking root beer for which he openly has a mild addiction.
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