Intel Core i5 10600K

CORES 6x
THREADS 12x
BASE CLOCK 4.10 GHz
BOOST CLOCK 4.80 GHz
TDP 95W

When you're looking for mid-range performance without spending a lot of money, you might be interested in the Intel Core i5 10600K. Both the RTX 3070 and 3080 can be paired with this processor, making it capable of running the latest titles smoothly at 1440p and 4K resolutions. Furthermore, this processor has more overclocking headroom than other Intel CPUs since only the ones with the K suffix support overclocking. It is an excellent CPU to consider when using the RX 6000 graphics cards, but only when you are short on budget; otherwise, there are many better options.

Comet Lake processors come with hyperthreading since Intel removed it from their Coffee Lake CPUs, which was disappointing. However, the decision to increase the core count was a good one, as 7th generation mid-range CPUs come with only four cores. There are six cores and twelve threads on this processor, which is plenty to play any latest title at high resolutions, and it's also well optimized for streaming and multitasking.

It is necessary to overclock this processor with a Z series motherboard, which offers to overclock support for both processors and memory modules. This processor comes with integrated graphics thanks to Intel UHD Graphics 630, a feature missing most of the latest processors. There is a bundled CPU cooler that comes with this CPU, which is suitable for stock clocks, but we need to use an aftermarket cooler for overclocking, and we have a complete guide on doing so. The thermal profile changes in Comet Lake processors give this processor a significant overclocking advantage, making it one of the best options for the RX 6800.

Ryzen 5 5600X

CORES 6x
THREADS 12x
BASE CLOCK 3.7 GHz
BOOST CLOCK 4.6 GHz
TDP 65W

With the launch of the Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series of processors, AMD started taking a sweet spot in the computer microprocessor market. These two series were known for their great overclocking power and the great value with their performance and budget-friendly price. There we've picked the Ryzen 5 5600X, which is the company's latest mainstream CPU and let's know if it's worth pairing with RX 6800.

This CPU has a significant advantage over the competitors as it supports PCIe Gen4 slots that offer double bandwidth compared to the previous one. When it comes to budget-friendly processors that provides performance similar to other high-end CPUs, my first recommendation is Ryzen 5 5600X. This CPU somewhere performs identical to the Intel Core i9 10900K, as we've seen in several benchmarks.

The core layout of Zen3 CPUs has redesigned, and from now each core has better access to the cache memory, which leads to an additional performance boost. This makes it perform similar to the Intel i9 10900K at 1080p resolution, while the price difference between them is about 47% which is enough. Though at higher resolutions i9 10900K performs way better because of more cores and threads.

Casual gaming and productivity tasks can be easily done on this processor like Word, Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint. Still, it would be best to have something more potent for a high-end workload like Ryzen 9 5900X or even 5950X. With this CPU and RTX 3080, 4K gaming is still possible, but with a few titles, you may need to compromise on the in-game settings and maybe on refresh rate, too, because it's a mid-range CPU.

There are six cores and twelve threads on this processor, which are enough, but modern games and applications require more or maybe in future, you need at least eight cores and respective threads. The overclocking support in AMD CPUs is what I appreciate the most as you don't need a K series CPU (like Intel) to overclock, but all of the Ryzen CPUs support that to a great extent.

The bundled cooler is also a thing that increases the value of this processor as stocks clocks are 3.7 GHz which don't demand an aftermarket cooler. Though going a little up may need a good aftermarket cooler, we've already made a guide. The gen-to-gen price difference and missing integrated graphics cards disappoint the users, but if we ignore these few things, it's the best CPU for RX 6800 builds.

Intel Core i7 10700K

CORES 8x
THREADS 16x
BASE CLOCK 3.80 GHz
BOOST CLOCK 5.10 GHz
TDP 95W

As the computer hardware is getting much powerful as they were before, but with the increasing power, they are also getting expensive, and not everyone can afford them. If you don’t want to compromise on resolutions or frame rates but also don’t want to spend much money on the latest Intel Core i9 processor, then there we’ve got a fantastic choice for you. This processor’s price is not that much compared to the previous generation, which seems overpriced, and Intel took that far away from the budget or mid-range user.

This processor’s single and multi-core performance is impressive; as you know, modern games demand more multi-core performance while also optimized for single-core performance. This processor’s cooling requirements are pretty low; however, it lacks a bundled cooler, and you must need to go with some aftermarket cooler. While comparing this processor in gaming, you may not found it much faster than the i5 from the same generation, but its overall performance is somewhere equals to the Intel Core i9 10900K. Again the PCI 4.0 slots are missing with these processes, but Intel confirmed that with the release of the next generation, these Intel 400 series motherboards would support Gen4; that’s only for a few mid-range and premium motherboards.

If you can’t afford Intel i9 10900K, then it is one of the best CPU for Rx 6800 because of its price to performance value.

Ryzen 7 5800X

CORES 8x
THREADS 16x
BASE CLOCK 3.8 GHz
BOOST CLOCK 4.7 GHz
TDP 105W

Ryzen 5 5600X was great for gaming but not much powerful in productivity tasks, especially when compared with the Ryzen 7 5800X. Based on the Zen3 architecture, this processor is way powerful than the previous generation Ryzen 7 3700X. At the same time, the boost clock of it is slightly lower than the most expensive and powerful processor Ryzen 9 5950. The base clock of this processor is 3.8 GHz while the boost clock is 4.7 GHz which is undoubtedly impressive but most important thing is this processor is fully unlocked for overclocking. You can push its clock without having any restriction.

The eight cores and the multi-threading enabled means you can use this processor for several years, and it will be futureproofed for upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077 etc. Also, the high number of cores and threads makes you not to worry about background applications while gaming. Like the previous processor, this one also allows you to enjoy the bandwidth of PCIe Gen4 slots and Smart Cache Memory which will enable you to extract maximum power from your graphics card and the storage module.

If you are looking for some mainstream processor for your build and don’t want to spend much money on Ryzen 9 5900X or 5950, then this one is a great option to consider at least as of now. The performance gain of these processors over it is very minimal, and you might not found them much better in modern titles.

Ryzen 9 5900X

CORES 12x
THREADS 24x
BASE CLOCK 3.7 GHz
BOOST CLOCK 4.8 GHz
TDP 105W

With the Zen3 architecture, AMD processors have greatly enhanced performance and overclocking since the core layout has been completely changed. Each core now has better access to the cache memory. In shortlisting the fastest and best gaming processor ever released, Ryzen 9 5900X would remain at the top. It is also possible to use the Ryzen 9 5950X, but it is designed specifically for multi-core tasks. The Ryzen 9 5900X offers 12C/24T, which is sufficient for today's gaming needs and is also future-proof for at least the next two years.

Ryzen processors used to have difficulty with single-core performance, but now they have dramatically improved and offered excellent value for gamers and content creators. For overclocking, this processor requires a high-end B550 or X570 motherboard, and the good news is that its TDP is the same as that of the Ryzen 9 3900X. You can even overclock this CPU without a high-end cooler, and AMD CPUs are designed to handle the heat.

The base clock of this processor is 3.7 GHz. The clock for each core can be increased individually up to 4.8 GHz, but only with a good CPU cooler. Combined with a graphics card like the RX 6800, this processor can run most of the latest games at 1440p and 4K without requiring any compromises. When buying AMD CPUs, the two things most users look for are their exceptional overclocking headroom and their performance. Another benefit of PCIe Gen4 slots is that they provide double the bandwidth for GPUs and NVMe SSDs. It is, therefore, one of the best processors for the RX 6800 build.