Best CPU for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 in 2023

The best processor (CPU) for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 won't bottleneck the absolutely monstrous power coming from the card. In this case, AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs are a great match, but Intel is also up there with its 12th Gen "Alder Lake" Core chips. We've rounded up the best CPUs if you have an RTX 3080 that needs a partner.

Choosing the best CPU for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

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Any of the above CPUs will do an excellent job with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, depending on the level of performance you're looking for, but the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X or Intel Core i9-12900K are at the top. If you want to push 4K resolutions in modern AAA games, either of these will do a great job, and they're priced similarly. Even the Ryzen 9 5900X will do a fantastic job if you want to save some money.

AMD's Ryzen 5000 desktop processors have been available a lot longer than Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop CPUs, but that doesn't mean they're still not potent options for high-end gaming builds. You will pay more for similar Intel chips, but you can access the phenomenal new hybrid architecture with performance and efficiency cores.

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

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is formerly 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.