Fastest Gaming CPU 2013 5 Top Rated Processors Reviewed

Intel's Haswell i7-4770k is here and is a good mid-level option, but can't beat the speed and multitasking of Intel's Extreme i7-3970x released late in 2012.
Intel's Haswell i7-4770k is here and is a good mid-level option, but can't beat the speed and multitasking of Intel's Extreme i7-3970x released late in 2012.

In this hub we'll review some of the fastest CPU that are currently available 2013. These high-end to mid-level processors are meant for designers, engineers, gamers, or other high-end performance users.

2013 has been a good year for processors as in May Intel's fourth generation Haswell processors were released. This line incorporates a new level of dedicated graphics for Intel and brings solid boosts for multitasking performance.

From AMD we have a Q4 Kaveri release coming up as well as FX-9000 series processors release coming up later this year.

Best Performance Gaming CPU/Processors of 2013

One really nice feature from Intel's website is their "Processor Comparison" page which allows you to select multiple generations of processors and then highlights their differences. For the Intel CPUs that I've listed to the right I've included their specification comparison in the window to the right. You can also check out CPUbenchmark.net for additional benchmark data.

For the purposes of this hub I've decided to run this comparison on 5 of Intel's newest CPU the i7-3970x, 3930k, 4770k, 3770k, and i7-2700k with the i7-4770k being Intel's latest release.

The "fastest CPU" thus far in 2013 is the Intel Core i7-3970x which significantly improves performance by up to 40% over some previous extreme models.

Intel i7-3970x Extreme Processor

Specifications for the i7-3970x include 6 core power and hyper-threading that allows them to function as up to 12 cores (threads) when multitasking deems it necessary. This is extremely useful while using multiple applications, performance intensive software, or editing high definition movies.

The i7-3970x uses enthusiast socket 2011 motherboards and maintains the 32nm lithography. The 15MB of smart cache ensures that you always get maximum responsiveness from your PC. Though it has a base speed of 3.5Ghz the i7-3690x boosts up to 4GHz when performance mandates it.

Still not fast enough?

The i7-3970x is overclocker friendly meaning it was made to be pushed to the limits if you still need more power.

An strong alternative to the i7-3970x is the i7-3930k which gives you nearly as much performance for around 60% of the price. You could also consider Intel's new Haswell i7-4770k for about a third of the price which should give you pretty similar FPS in terms of gaming.

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-3970X 3.5GHz 5.0GT/s 15MB LGA2011 Processor without Fan, Retail BX80619I73970X
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-3970X 3.5GHz 5.0GT/s 15MB LGA2011 Processor without Fan, Retail BX80619I73970X

The fastest consumer CPU of 2013. If you're willing to pony up the cash, it's a beast.

 
Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73930K
Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73930K

A more moderately priced processor with most of the speed of Intel's i7-3970x and 3960x CPU.

 
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor (3.5 GHz,  8 MB Cache, Intel HD graphics, BX80646I74770K)
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor (3.5 GHz, 8 MB Cache, Intel HD graphics, BX80646I74770K)

Intel's new Haswell processors show moderate multitasking gains as well as impressive integrated graphics performance gains. Haswell will be ideal for portable devices.

 
AMD Quad Core A10-Series APU for Desktops A10-6800K with Radeon HD 8670D (AD680KWOHLBOX)
AMD Quad Core A10-Series APU for Desktops A10-6800K with Radeon HD 8670D (AD680KWOHLBOX)

AMD's Richland is the fastest APU on the market so far in 2013. Certainly Kaveri will provide an even better option and performance boost.

 
AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350  FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor
AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor

AMD's Piledriver improvements were impressive, but I think we'll see even better things from them this year with the FX 9000 series release. I'm hoping to see a challenge for Intel's higher end CPU.

 

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Intel i7 Processor Comparison from 2011 to 2013

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Use the thumbnail for full size and resolution. A side by side review of some of Intel's more popular i7 series processors. This includes the i7-3970x, i7-3930k, i7-4770k, i7-3770k, i7-2700kThe i7-3960k was by far the fastest processor of 2012 thus far, followed by the 3930k which for $599 is a great deal for the additional performance you get with it and beats out most extreme processors from last year.
Use the thumbnail for full size and resolution. A side by side review of some of Intel's more popular i7 series processors. This includes the i7-3970x, i7-3930k, i7-4770k, i7-3770k, i7-2700k
Use the thumbnail for full size and resolution. A side by side review of some of Intel's more popular i7 series processors. This includes the i7-3970x, i7-3930k, i7-4770k, i7-3770k, i7-2700k
The i7-3960k was by far the fastest processor of 2012 thus far, followed by the 3930k which for $599 is a great deal for the additional performance you get with it and beats out most extreme processors from last year.
The i7-3960k was by far the fastest processor of 2012 thus far, followed by the 3930k which for $599 is a great deal for the additional performance you get with it and beats out most extreme processors from last year.

Intel i7-4770k Processor

If you don't have a grand to dish out for your CPU, then consider the Intel i7-4770k which features four core power with up to 8 threads with Intel Hyper-threading technology. The i7-4770k's 4 cores have 3.5GHz of processing power that boost up to 3.9GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost Technology whenever your PC needs the extra power. In addition the 4770kk is fully "unlocked" for overclocking in order to achieve faster performance. Users have reported stable overclocking of 4.5Ghz.

While it's not the "fastest CPU" in the market today it is in the top 10. The i7-4770k scores nearly as high as other processors 3 times its price and higher than many other much more expensive processors below it. Source: CPUbenchmark.net

Still too expensive?

If the i7-4770k is still too expensive for your budget, then go with the i5-4670k which for 2/3 of the price provides much of the same fps while gaming.

Fastest AMD CPU

The fastest AMD CPU model is the AMD FX-8350, but we'll certainly see better performance when AMD releases its 9000 series later this year.

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