Top 10 processors for gaming – South African pricing

If you want to get into some serious PC gaming, a decent CPU is a must.

To see which processors can handle the demands of gaming, we found the best gaming CPUs you can buy in South Africa – according to AnandTech’s CPU benchmark database.

High-end desktop chips such as AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper and Intel’s Broadwell-E were excluded from the comparison, as these are only available on dedicated high-end platforms.

We listed the 10 most-powerful processors below.

Processor Cores Threads Base Clock Boost Clock TDP
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 12 3.7GHz 4.3GHz 95W
Intel Core i5-8400 6 6 2.8GHz 3.8GHz 65W
Intel Core i7-7700K 4 8 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 91W
Intel Core i7-6700K 4 8 4.0GHz 4.0GHz 91W
Intel Core i7-7700 4 8 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 65W
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8 16 3.0GHz 3.7GHz 65W
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8 16 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 95W
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8 16 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 95W
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 95W
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6 12 3.2GHz 3.6GHz 65W

Benchmarks

The table below shows the AnandTech benchmarks for the processors in:

  • Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V)
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (SOM)
  • Civilization VI (Civ VI)

The scores reflect the average frames per second in each title at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, using with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080.

Processor AOTS GTA V SOM Civ VI Average
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 58.21 58.48 61.86 67.43 61.50
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 59.95 59.06 61.15 65.77 61.48
Intel Core i7-8700K 63.43 60.18 63.83 58.06 61.38
Intel Core i5-8400 62.64 61.13 64.46 56.15 61.10
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 57.03 58.56 60.99 67.60 61.05
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 57.94 58.61 61.06 65.87 60.87
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 58.46 58.81 61.10 63.91 60.57
Intel Core i7-7700K 61.52 60.69 63.04 53.12 59.59
Intel Core i7-6700K 60.96 60.32 61.68 49.48 58.11
Intel Core i7-7700 59.74 60.30 62.83 46.50 57.34

Pricing

The benchmark results show AMD’s Ryzen chips performing notably better than Intel’s processors in Civilization VI, while falling behind in other titles.

Intel’s Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffe Lake chips all make an appearance in the top 10, offering relatively consistent performance across the board.

It is important to note that the Intel chips featured in this comparison include integrated graphics, while their AMD Ryzen counterparts do not.

The table below details how much the top chips cost, with pricing from Wootware.

Rank Processor Price
1 AMD Ryzen 7 1800X R7,899
2 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 R3,499
3 Intel Core i7-8700K R6,299
4 Intel Core i5-8400 R3,199
5 AMD Ryzen 5 1600X R3,999
6 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X R5,999
7 AMD Ryzen 7 1700 R5,099
8 Intel Core i7-7700K R5,799
9 Intel Core i7-6700K R5,499
10 Intel Core i7-7700 R4,999

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