PC Gamer Hardware Awards: What is the best CPU of 2021?

At the beginning of this year, you can’t guess how the best CPU from AMD or Intel will end up. Twelve months ago, AMD was working hard to meet the demand for its new Ryzen 5000 chip. Basically, at this time last year, everything from the excellent Ryzen 5 5600X to Ryzen 9 5950X was completely out of stock. At the same time, Intel is working hard to deal with its first bloodshed in the gaming field, and its gaming crown lost to AMD’s Zen 3 series.

Since then, the chips of both sides have returned to inventory. What we see is not one, but two new architectures from Intel and AMD’s highly anticipated APU series finally appeared. The Ryzen 5000 APU was initially only used by OEM manufacturers in April, but as inventory returned to a reasonable level, AMD provided these chips to DIY manufacturers in August. Since then, the surprisingly powerful on-board graphics have taken some hits, which is not surprising in these ages when GPUs are scarce.