Back in 2017, when Intel’s Coffee Lake and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs made it out in the wild, the long-standing stagnation in the CPU world ceased overnight. Now, the longstanding competition between these two tech behemoths has been fully reignited, and Intel and AMD are at each other’s throats, competing for your interest. Thankfully, out of this competition, the best processors that have ever existed were born, and there’s never been a better time to upgrade to one of the best chips on the market.
Right now, there’s a chance for everyone to get their hands on one of the best processors, no matter their budget. AMD and Intel both are gearing up to launch a wide range of processors. AMD with its Ryzen 2nd Generation, and Intel with its Core i9 laptop CPUs and low power Coffee Lake desktop CPUs that will fill in the budget segment. However, even if you can’t get your hands on the latest and greatest processors, there are still plenty of fantastic Kaby Lake processors that can still pack a punch. Regardless of what you want to do, this innovation and competition means everyone wins.
Trust us, we get it. You pull up Amazon or Newegg, looking for the best processor for gaming, and immediately you’re flooded with a wave of confusing model numbers. This confusion is natural and is an unfortunate side effect of the booming CPU market. Fortunately, TechRadar has your back – we’ve created this list of the best processors available in 2018. Every single chip on this list was tested and reviewed by us, so you can be confident that they’ll be worth your time and money. So, sit back, relax and get ready to realize PC performance you’ve previously only dreamed of.