Put your gaming pants down: which processor is in your PC?

The heart of every computer is its processor. In the case of desktop PCs, you’ve been faced with the same choice for decades: AMD or Intel? We therefore want to know from you which CPU is in your gaming PC and have created a suitable survey:

In order not to make the selection even larger than it already is, we limit ourselves to different model series of the most important CPU generations instead of naming individual models. For example, if you use a Core i9 12900K, you should choose the entry accordingly Core i 12000: Core i9 out.

There is a simple reason why, in contrast to the last graphics card survey (the evaluation is linked below), we also name components that are more than ten years old: With such an old CPU, with certain drawbacks, you can still play well today, whereas graphics cards are faster Pass the zenith.

Graphics card survey: You don't do things by halves


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Fortunately, buying processors is not a problem

Another big difference between processors and graphics cards: While GPUs have been extremely expensive for over a year and improvement is still a long way off (see also the article Will graphics cards be cheaper again in 2022?), CPUs can still be bought at normal prices in the range of the RRP and usually with good availability.

Thanks to AMD’s Ryzen processors, the number of cores has now increased significantly at the same time. While Intel released one four-core after the other at the time of absolute dominance before the first Ryzen release in 2017, current models sometimes rely on eight or more cores.

The new Alder Lake CPUs of the Core i 12000 series even combine eight fast cores with eight slower (and more efficient) cores for the first time in the desktop segment, similar to what is known from smartphones. You can find out more about this in our test of the top model Core i9 12900K:

Core i9 12900K: Intel strikes back, but AMD can stay cool


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Finally, in the case of this survey, I am also setting a good example myself: I am plugged into my PC Core i5 8600K with six cores and threads. I decided to do it back then because the game performance with Intel models was a bit better at that time.

But now I regret not having opted for a Ryzen CPU. Since I also work on my PC and tend to have many different programs open at the same time, the additional cores and threads would probably save me the odd little hook in everyday PC life.

Feel free to use the comment function if you not only want to let us know which processor you are using, but also why you chose this model!