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Our round-up of the best CPUs of 2019 focuses on gaming, video editing and production, 3D modeling and animation (Blender), overclocking, budget class, and more!
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This recap of 2019 CPU reviews covers a few key category, including best CPU for video editing, best CPUs for Blender and 3D Modeling, best CPUs for gaming and overclocking, and most well-rounded CPUs. We also talk about top processors for small business and hobbyist production workloads and, counter to that, for ultra-budget gaming PCs. Of course, it wouldn’t be a GamersNexus video without also talking about the biggest disappointment of the year and the worst trends of the year.

Use this guide to determine which CPU you should buy for Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Blender, gaming, work, or value / budget. Conveniently, we’re also posting this just before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so CPU sales and deals should start soon on older hardware.

CPUs FEATURED (in order of appearance)

BEST OVERALL

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (Amazon):

MOST WELL-ROUNDED

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Amazon):

BEST GAMING CPU

Intel Core i9-9900K (Amazon):
Honorable Mention – Intel Core i9-9900K*S* (Amazon):

BEST SMALL BUSINESS/HOBBYIST PRODUCTION

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Amazon):
Honorable Mention – AMD R7 2700 (Amazon):

BEST BUDGET GAMING

AMD Athlon 3000G (Amazon):
Honorable Mention – AMD 3200G APU (Amazon):

MOST FUN TO OVERCLOCK (Tie)

Intel i9-9900KS (Amazon):
AMD R9 3950X (Amazon):

BEST HIGH-END WORKSTATION

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X (Amazon):

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Intel Core i9-10980XE (Amazon):

WORST TREND

Pointless Product Segmentation – Intel F, U, and K SKU CPUs + AMD 3800X, 3600X SKUs

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