By Erika Lentz
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Call of Duty: Warzone is an incredibly popular first-person shooter (FPS) that requires a great setup if you expect to be able to blaze through enemies at ease. As many PC gamers know, there are a ton of different components that go into a good gaming setup. Regardless of whether you use a laptop or a desktop for Call of Duty: Warzone, you want to be able to rely on your setup. You’ll want to think about core components as well as all of the awesome accessories you have available, such as a unique honeycomb gaming mouse or gaming keyboard with programmable macro keys.
For right now, though, we’ll talk about central processing units, or CPU’s. This component is what lets the PC interact with the various programs and applications you want to use. You’ll need a good CPU if you want good graphics and smooth gameplay. Read below to find out the top 10 best CPU’s that you can get for Call of Duty: Warzone.
Intel is a classic brand when it comes to PC components. The i3-10100 is our first from this family of CPU’s. It is very affordable, so it is a great choice for any level of gamer. It has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz, slightly higher than the minimum necessary for gaming (3.5 GHz). It can go as high as 4.3 GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. This CPU has another Intel-specific technology, called Hyper-Threading. This helps the CPU to multi-task much easier, allowing you the ability to do multiple tasks at once. This CPU has Intel Quick Sync Video to support ultra HD videos as well.
This CPU has the oldest type of Intel core on this list (i3). In general, the newer models (indicated by higher “i” numbers) will provide better clocking speeds. There is not much criticism on this CPU. However, it should be noted that it only has four cores (8 processing threads). While this is technically sufficient for gaming, it is the minimum requirement. So, you may notice some issue with heavier gaming sessions.
This CPU from AMD is our first of the Ryzen series. It is another relatively inexpensive choice that works well for any type of gamer. It has a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz, but can max out at 4.2 GHz. This CPU has 6 cores and 12 processing threads, providing higher processing support than would be necessary for your typical game of Call of Duty: Warzone. In addition, this CPU is kept cool with the AMD wraith stealth cooler. This maintains a max temperature of 95 degrees Celsius and is very quiet.
All of that being said, we did notice that this CPU can still get pretty hot. It tends to hover right around the max temperature, which can be hard on the rest of your system. Internal PC components can become damaged at high temperatures. These high temperatures will also reduce the expected lifespan of your components. So, you won’t get as good of a performance and you’ll likely be replacing parts more often. To counteract this, you may want to consider investing in an additional cooling system for your PC build.
This CPU from Intel is similar to our previous Intel entry, but it is a bit more powerful. It still supports features such as Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Hyper-Threading Technology. However, this CPU sports a total of 6 cores and 12 processing threads. This newer build gives it a base clock speed of 4.1 GHz and a max clock speed of 4.8 GHz. This CPU also has Intel Optane Memory Support to help with data storage.
Like our previous entry, we noticed that this CPU gets pretty hot. While this makes sense considering the fantastic processing speeds, it is dangerous for the rest of your machine. This CPU is not sold with a cooling system, either, so you’ll need to get one separately.
This CPU from AMD has 8 cores and 16 processing speeds which support a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz. It can max its clock speed at 4.4 GHz. One really cool feature of this CPU is that it has color-controlled LED lighting. This feature works with Razer Chroma, and it can be coordinated with other PC components that support Razer Chroma. Not only does it look cool in the real world, but it also provides double bandwidth for graphics thanks to the PCIe 4.0.
This CPU is a little pricier than our previous entries, so it may not be the best choice for beginner gamers. We found that this CPU is a bit more fragile than other CPU’s on our list. Some damages can be a minor aesthetic nuisance, but others can affect the actual function of the CPU. So, you’ll want to be careful with it. One of the biggest issues you may face is bent pins.
This CPU from Intel has 8 cores and 16 processing threads. It supports a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and an incredible max clock speed of 5.1 GHz. This ability is due to Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology 3.0, a newer, more powerful version of the featured we discussed before. With this CPU, you also get Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology and Optane Memory Support.
This CPU is not the most expensive by far, but it might still be a bit pricy for casual gamers. In addition, you do not get a thermal solution with the purchase. As we’ve said before, this can cause an issue with the other parts of your PC and the data processing in general.
This CPU from AMD has a much higher number of cores and processing threads than our previous entries. It has a total of 16 cores and 32 processing threads, supporting a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz and max clock speed of 4.7 GHz. This CPU has a very large game cache compared to many other CPU’s, with a game cache of 72 MB.
This CPU is much more expensive than our previous entries, so this is probably a better choice for serious gamers than casual ones. It does not come with a cooling system, and the recommended liquid cooler is 280 mm or larger. This is larger than some other CPU’s require, meaning that it will likely cost more as well. So, it is a powerful CPU, but it is definitely an investment.
Our final Intel entry, the i9-10900k, is one of the latest Intel models to hit the market. It has 10 cores and 20 processing threads. Though this isn’t as many as some of our previous CPU’s, it does support a higher max clock speed (5.3 GHz). This CPU has a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz. In addition, not only does this CPU have Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 Technology, but it also comes with Thermal Velocity Boost to protect the CPU and the rest of your PC system. It also has the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology we mentioned before. Another cool feature that it has is the Intel UHD Graphics 630 to support some seriously awesome visuals.
This CPU is a bit less expensive than some of our prior entries, but it is still a bit pricy for the more casual gamer. You will need to invest in a separate cooling system for this CPU. In addition, it is quite power hungry, so it will take more of a toll on your system than some of the other CPU’s we’ve mentioned.
This CPU from AMD has a total of 6 cores and 12 processing threads to support a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz and a max clock speed of 4.6 GHz. It features AMD Ryzen Master Advanced View which allows you to store up to four user profiles. These are integrated with Radeon graphics and DDR4 memory. This CPU utilizes a unique “Zen 3” architecture which focuses on energy efficiency, latency reduction, and single-core performance. In addition, this CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth Cooler to helps with system temperature.
This CPU is cheaper than our previous entry, but it still may be too much for a casual gamer. One thing we noticed when using this CPU is that it can be difficult to get it up to its max clock speed. In addition, the system because less stable at these higher clocking speeds. On occasion, we have seen the system needing to reboot during a gaming session.
This CPU from AMD has 8 cores and 16 processing threads. It supports a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and can max out at 4.7 GHz. In order to support good data processing speeds, this CPU is constructed with Mytrix Thermal Paste. This paste is designed to eliminate air pockets and help with heat transfer. It helps to keep your system cool. Like a previous AMD entry, this CPU l also has the Zen 3 architecture and AMD Ryzen Master Advanced View. In addition, it supports AMD StoreMI Technology which allows you to store your most used files to an SSD while leaving the original intact. This allows the PC to access the data faster and easier.
This CPU is a bit pricy for a casual gamer. In addition, though it does have Mytrix Thermal Paste, this may not be enough to keep it cool. You will still need to buy an additional cooling component to go along with this CPU. Your system will get pretty hot without an extra cooling component
The best CPU that you can get for Call of Duty: Warzone is the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x. It has 16 cores and 32 processing threads to support a max clock speed of 4.9 GHz. Like one of our previous AMD models, this CPU has a large game cache of 72 MB. Also like our other AMD models, this CPU can support over 100 frames per second (FPS) on a variety of different games. In addition, you could easily use it for gaming as well as many other PC tasks. So, it is a great choice for those who use their PC for various demanding tasks and those who need supreme graphics.
This CPU is, however, the most expensive on this list by far. Unlike all of the others, it comes in at over $1,000. So, this is definitely a better choice for highly serious gamers or those with heavy data processing needs. In addition, a cooler is not included, and this becomes an issue with heavy gaming or other usage. AMD recommends a liquid cooler, though you may be able to make do with the Wraith Stealth Cooler used with other AMD CPU’s.
For this entry, as well as the previous two, you should absolutely check out our list for the best motherboards to pair with them. Our lists talk about ATX X570 motherboards and ATX B550 motherboards. The motherboard is one of the most crucial components of your PC, so you’ll definitely want to get a compatible one that can support the Ryzen 5000 series.
We’ve talked about various models from Intel and AMD, each with their own pros and cons. One thing you will have noticed is that many of them require you to purchase a cooling system separately. These are especially important when maxing out a clocking speed and even more so when overclocking. This isn’t something you want to ignore, but it can be difficult to know where to get started. There are a couple different types of CPU coolers, such AIO (All In One) coolers that use liquid and basic air coolers. Check out our lists to see the best options for each type of cooler to support your gameplay. With all of these components installed, you will be ready to take on the battle field.