Best CPU For GTX 1080 & 1080 Ti [November 2020]
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Best CPU For GTX 1080 & 1080 Ti [November 2020]


Intel Core i5-8400

When you are too concessions about the budget, one of the most affordable processors we can get for this graphics card is the Intel Core i5 8400. Before its release, AMD has released some of the Zen+ CPUs, and there Intel released this one as a reply to them. When you have to use multi-tasking applications, you can consider the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 because of SMT, but for pure gaming, Intel leads the game. Previously Intel processors come with hyperthreading, but there Intel cut it off and increased the physical cores. The elimination of hyperthreading from the mainstream processors and the increased cores gives them a great advantage over the previous one.

Intel Core i7 7700K was a great processor in its time, but as you know Intel has increased the cores, the entry-level Comet Lake processors can even beat that with some great margin. Even when compared with Intel Core i5 8400, you will see that this processor is way better than i7 7700K. Also now the core counts of this processor are equals to the i5 8600K, which is an expensive hardware for a budget build. The goodness of this processor is that it doesn’t bottleneck with GTX 1080 and you can get the maximum performance out of your hardware.

One thing that might disappoint some users is the stock clocks of this processor and the lack of overclocking which is only available in K series processors. The multiplier of this processor is not unlocked but thanks to Intel hyperthreading that allows you to get some exceptional clocks but within certain limits. If you are one upgrading to this processor from the last generation, you must need to change the motherboard because this one doesn’t work with Intel 200 series boards. Some chipset motherboards like H310 and B365 are very cost-effective, and you can consider them for this build.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

The single-core performance of both Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 series processors is identical, but when it comes to the multi-core performance, you will see a great difference between them. We can consider this one if running low on budget but for some more money you can buy some high-end hardware from this series. Usually, we’ve seen Intel processors giving a great raw performance for gaming while AMD processors are providing best in class performance for multi-tasking applications. If you have to do some side productivity or creative tasks along with gaming on your machine, you can consider Ryzen 5 2600X for your build. One thing that makes this processor more appealing is AMD promised their users that even Zen4 architecture would use the same socket and all you need to do is upgrade the BIOS of the motherboard.

The in-game performance of this processor is slightly better than the Intel Core i5 9400f or other mainstream processors. More interestingly the multi-core performance of this processor is much better than the similar Intel CPUs. Also, the bundled coolers increase its value which you can use for the stock clocks, but for some little overclocking you have to change the cooler. Even the factory unlocked multiplier is a reason to consider it over the i5 9400f as you can easily overclock it to get some added performance. In contrast, in Intel processors, you can only overclock the K series processors. The six cores and twelve threads of this processors are enough to max out most of the latest tiles while the simultaneous multithreading allows you to do streaming or rendering.

The clock speed of this processor is 3.6 GHz while on max turbo it can easily hit the speed of 4.6 GHz and there you have got some overclocking margin that will more boost its performance in games. Overall when gaming is your only concern, Intel processors are good to go, but for some side work, you can consider this monstrous hardware. The bundled cooler, great performance and the overclocking power make it one of the best choices to consider.

Intel Core i7-7700k

Those users who don’t want to upgrade to 8th or 9th generation can go with the Intel Core i7 7700K which I will only recommend you if you don’t want to change the motherboard. The performance of this processor is somewhere equals to the Intel Core i3 10320 which is an OEM processor and gives a very similar and identical performance. This processor is not considered powerful as it was before but still with GTX 1080 you can play triple-A titles on great resolutions. You can target 1080p gaming with at least 60 frame rates with this processor and graphics card. The overall performance of this [processor is not that bad but compared to the Coffee Lake; it doesn’t give such value. Also, its socket got outdated so buying a new motherboard is a problem for every user there.

The stock speed of this processor is 4.2 GHz which is unquestionably pretty good while on Intel max turbo it can easily reach up to 4.5 GHz. The four cores and eight threads are good to handle latest games but are not recommended for titles like RDR2 or similar high-end titles. The plus point of this processor is the power consumption which is relatively lower than its competitors.

The overclocking of this processor is another thing that makes it appealing to consider for low budget machines as it can give great clock speeds with some tremendous performance boost. Though for overclocking I would recommend you to get some high-end CPU cooler so you can get the full potential from this processor. This processor is still good to consider, and it can give you a solid single and multi-core performance. It can easily handle all of the latest games without any sweat and not going to disappoint you for any reason. If you are willing to get something from the next generation with the same performance, I’ve got something special for you too.

Intel Core i7-8700K

A few months ago Intel Core i9 9900k was considered as the most powerful processor in the market, but before its release, the i7 8700k was the one who gives the highest single-core performance. Intel has released processors like i7 9700k or 9900k, but still, I would say its one of the best processor we can consider for our builds.

Comparing this processor with the Intel i7 9700k, this one comes with six cores and supports hyperthreading, but the 9700k has eight cores and doesn’t support hyperthreading. When it comes to gaming performance, you are going to see a hardly 4-5 fps difference. Also, you will found that the overclocking headroom of 8700k is slightly better than the other one.

Performance-wise both of these processors are almost same, but the only reason to consider the 9700k is if you are getting it for the same price as of 8700k or cheaper. The six cores and twelve threads are enough to handle any game or applications, but for streaming or rendering purpose, you might need more cores (9700k).

The stock clock of this processor is 3.7 GHz but on max turbo, it can easily reach up to 4.7 GHz and still there is some overclocking headroom available for you. The single and multi-core performance of this processor is unquestionably amazing, and it’s going to disappoint you for any reason.

Overclocking this processor might need some good cooler as this one doesn’t come with a stock cooler. I would recommend you to get an AIO cooler with this processor so you can overclock it at full potential and get the maximum performance out of it. The missing stock cooler might be disappointing for some users as all of the AMD CPUs and some from Intel comes with one.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Build on the Zen2 architecture; the Ryzen 5 3600 is a six-core and twelve threads processor that is a powerhouse in a true sense. These number of cores are enough for any modern triple-A title with high resolutions and in-game settings. The base clock of this processor is 3.6 GHz while you can push it up to 4.2 GHz on the max turbo. This processor is a solid entry in AMD Ryzen processors and still recommended ass the best CPU to consider in the year 2020. The performance of this processor on one side but the more interesting thing in this processor is the bundled CPU cooler. It works good for the stock clocks, and you can save money for some good aftermarket cooler for later.

The main competitor of this processor from Intel side is the Intel Core i5 10400 which has the same six cores and twelve threads but lacks overclocking. AMD processors have an advantage over the Intel CPUs as all of them comes with an unlocked multiplier and supports great overclocking potential while Intel lacks it. There are a couple of motherboards compatible with this processor, but the best one is that which comes with x570 chipset. The performance of chipset in overclocking is not that much but as this one is slightly expensive than others, so resulting in better VRM cooling. With chipsets like B450, you can just run this processor but can’t get the full performance out of it.

Ryzen 5 3600 is same as of the stock i7 8700K, so you are not going to see any bottleneck because of the graphics card. You can nearly run any latest title on this build, and I’m pretty sure the performance will not disappoint you. Even Zen3 processors are announced to launch soon, but still, this one got a great spot in best gaming processors. The low power consumption, bundled cooler, PCIe Gen4 support and exceptional performance make this processor one of the great choices to consider. Though some limited overclocking headroom, missing integrated graphics and no PCIe Gen4 support in cheap B series motherboards makes us think for better alternatives too.

Intel Core i9-9900KF

Intel Core i9 9900K another great processor if you own GTX 1080 graphics card because this processor is futureproofed at least for a few years and doesn’t bottleneck much with this GPU. This processor comes with eight cores and sixteen threads and thanks to Intel Hyper-threading technology which gives outstanding performance in productivity and creative apps. The name of this processor is a little confusing, but there you need to know that K suffix in its name means this processor is factory unlocked. While the F means it doesn’t come with integrated graphics while the non-F model comes with Intel UHD 630 graphics integrated and offers better value than this one for the same price.

The base clock of this processor is 3.6 GHz while on max turbo it can easily hit 5 GHz frequency and is fully unlocked for overclocking. While this processor doesn’t come with any bundled cooler and you have to buy some good aftermarket AIO cooler. Without a good CPU cooler, this processor will be an electrical heater in your house. The motherboard compatibility of this processor is also great as it’s compatible with Intel 300 series chipsets. It’s even compatible with the most affordable H310 series motherboards, but the performance with them becomes garbage, so its good to consider Z390 chipset board. They will give you the best performance as well as exceptional overclocking capabilities.

The gaming performance of this processor is great as it can easily max out modern triple-A titles without any sweat. It is optimized for both single cores and multi-cores applications and best processor for streaming on Twitch or YouTube. Overall it’s good as far as you are looking for some futureproof CPU for GTX 1080 graphics card. There are a few things that I don’t like in this CPU, and you need to know before buying it for your build. Firstly with AMD processors, you can experience the PCIe Gen4 which offers great bandwidth speed, but this one doesn’t have that. Also, the price of K and KF processors are the same, but there needs to be a price drop in it because of missing integrated graphics.

Intel Core i5 10400

Intel Core i5 10400 is a great gaming processor that comes with six cores and twelve threads and gives a great competition to know Ryzen 5 3600 well. Though at some points this one got advantages while for some the other ones but overall both of these processors are great for gaming and made a spot in best gaming CPUs list. The base clock of this CPU ranges between 2.9 GHz and 4.3 GHz depending on the workload and is slightly lower than the well-known models including the i5 10600K but for a reason. The TDP of this processor is dropped from 125W to just 65W, and it makes sense for the mainstream processor. However, there are Z490 motherboards that don’t cause the TDP limits for the CPU. While buying the motherboards, you need to know that B and H series motherboards can only accept memory up to 2666 MHz because this processor is locked. If you are one looking to run this processor at max turbo and looking for the best performance out of it, Z490 motherboard will be good to pair with it because they offer more value and premium performance.

The good thing in this processor is it comes in two different variants, one with integrated graphics while the other one lacks it. The reason to decide between them is the price difference between them because if you don’t need GPU, you can save some money. While if you got that in your CPU you also need to make sure that your motherboard has video output ports. The older generation processors don’t come with hyperthreading and performance slightly bad in multi-core applications. This one comes with it and gives you great performance in creative and productivity tasks. A complete black colored heat sink is bundled with this processor which works well with 65W TDP CPU. The locked multiplier of this processors makes it to stand before the AMD processors as they got an overclocking advantage. This processor rarely hit x43 multiplier means you can’t go above 4.3 GHz speed in the max turbo. Also, Ryzen 5 3600 supports PCIe Gen4 while Intel motherboards still don’t support that bandwidth so before buying this CPU take care of these things.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

The best gaming processor is that one which can max out any triple-A title and gives both single and multi-core performance for an affordable price? If it is true then AMD Ryzen 9 3900X nails this concept in a true meaning by providing the outstanding perforamcne for some budget friendly price point.

This processor comes with twelve cores and sixteen threads which are enough for any gaming or rendering build. At the same Intel Core i9 9900K is offering only eight cores and sixteen threads for same price. In this way this processor gives better value than the Intel but for same price and I’m sure it will never disappoint you in term of performance.

Of course i9 9900K gives best ever single core perforamcne, even better than the Ryzen 9 3900X but that doesn’t matter a lot these days. Modern games demands more multi-core performance as compared to the old one who demands more signle core processor perforamcne.