Best Gaming CPUs Over $1000

 

If you’re shopping in this price range, then you have a LOT of money to spend. If you’re strictly gaming, then there’s absolutely no reason to be picking up processors at this kind of price.

But, if you’re looking to build some super-computer, or just feel like showing off, then you’ll probably really enjoy getting one of the most expensive processor’s money can buy.

Something to note here is that you’re not going to be getting value for money in this price range. While these processors are incredibly powerful, they will cost you lots of money, and you will not be getting a high level of performance per dollar spent.

Still, if you’re even considering a processor at this kind of price, then you’re probably not short on cash and feel like getting something top-range.

 

Best Gaming CPUs Over $1000

 

Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor

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The 990X Extreme offers a lot of power, although to be honest, considering how much you’re paying, it’s probably not as powerful as you’d think.

It has 6 Cores and a processor running at 3.46 GHz. It also has a 12MB cache. While these stats aren’t as impressive as some of the previous models, you also have to remember that stats don’t tell the whole story.

The 990X offers a lot of power, and you would notice the difference in more CPU intensive tasks. Just not when playing games.

If you’re an absolute power junky, you can even overclock this model to get as much out of it as possible. Although I can almost guarantee you won’t ‘need’ to.

Ultimately though, I’d struggle to recommend this model over some of the previous, because although it’s good, it’s also very expensive and isn’t that much more powerful than some of those either.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 1366
  • # of Cores: 6-Core
  • # of Threads: 12
  • Operating Frequency: 3.00 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

Intel Computer CPU 2.3 18 BX80660E52697V4

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This is quite simply, one of the most sensationally powerful CPUs that you can buy for your home computer. Whether you’re trying to take over the world, or are just a real sucker for top-end technology, this processor will satisfy you.

Let’s talk about the stats. It has a clock speed of 2.3GHz. Now, on the surface that’s not all that impressive, nearly every processor we’ve looked at so far has had more than that, and you might be starting to wonder what all the fuss is about.

But, it also has an astonishing 18 cores, which is just ridiculous. Along with a massive 45MB cache. This means that it really won’t struggle with anything you want it to do with it. Even if you run a massive database.

However, the downside of this is that it’s eye-watering expensive. This shouldn’t surprise you given the price category we’re in, but even so, it is seriously pricey.

The bottom line with this processor is that it’s awesome, but you should only consider picking it up if you use your PC for tasks that are incredibly demanding of your CPU. If not, there are plenty of far cheaper alternatives (and I mean a tenth of the price, literally) that will do the job just fine.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 2011-v3
  • # of Cores: 18-Core
  • # of Threads: 36
  • Operating Frequency: 2.30 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

Intel Boxed Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition

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This is another extremely powerful option from Intel. It’s not as powerful as the CPU 2.3 we looked at above, but it’s not nearly as expensive either, so it might be a perfect middle ground if you’re looking for something that’s very powerful, but aren’t quite prepared to sell your house to make the payment.

The specs of the i7-6950X are as follows: it has a 3GHz clock speed, a massive ten cores and it has a very impressive 25MB cache. With this kind of processor, you’ll be able to do pretty much whatever you want.

Like every other option in this price range, it definitely won’t offer value for money, but it is exceptionally powerful, and although expensive it’s not absurdly so.

Particularly compared to something pricey like the CPU 2.3.

If that sounds like something you’d like, then click below to take a look at the 6960X.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 2011-v3
  • # of Cores: 10-Core
  • # of Threads: 20
  • Operating Frequency: 2.30 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-5960X Octa-core

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The 5960X offers great power and isn’t pricey compared to the rest of the products in this range (although that isn’t really saying much).

To be honest though, if you’re looking at products in this range, you’re probably not all that bothered about the cost of your CPU. You’re probably more interested in its performance instead. If so, you’re likely to be a little disappointed in this model.

Even though you can’t say it’s not powerful, you can say that for its price (and particularly for this price category) it isn’t as powerful as you might hope.

For instance, it has a clocking count of 3GHz and 8 Cores, it also has an enormous cache, which helps to make the whole thing as fast as possible. So, the things that separate it from far less expensive CPUs are the number of cores and the size of its cache.

While these do make it far faster than its lower-cost rivals, it also means that it’s not that much better than them, considering how much it costs. And unless you’re doing something particularly CPU intensive (so basically not gaming) you’re just not going to feel that much benefit in getting this over a cheaper alternative.

As such it’s kind of stuck in an awkward middle ground. If you just want to game, then there are far cheaper options that’ll do the job no problem, and if you want to go all out and get the best processor available, then there are far more powerful options you can get instead.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 2011-v3
  • # of Cores: 8-Core
  • # of Threads: 16
  • Operating Frequency: 3.00 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

 

Intel Boxed Core i7-6900K Processor

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This is another powerful processor and for me occupies a similar middle ground to the 6960K we looked at above. Both provide great power with this model having a 3.6 GHz processor, 8 cores, and a 20MB cache.

But they’re also quite expensive for what they are, and they sit in an awkward position. For instance, someone who’s looking just to play games and do other basic stuff, with be happy with a 6700K which costs a third of this.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to build a supercomputer, this isn’t powerful enough to do that.

Ultimately this is excellent (although quite a pricey) CPU and if you wanted to pay around the $1000 mark for a magnificent processor, then this would probably suit you fine.

My only issue with it is that it’s not the best in any single category (power, price, price/performance, etc. ) and given that this is an article about gaming CPUs it also pretty much misses the mark there.

That’s probably all a bit too negative. In spite of all of that, the 6900K is an excellent processor, and if you picked one up, you definitely wouldn’t be disappointed with it. I’m just not entirely sure where it fits in when compared to the others.

Specifications
  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 2011-v3
  • # of Cores: 8-Core
  • # of Threads: 16
  • Operating Frequency: 3.20 GHz
  • 64-Bit Support: Yes

Conclusion

This concludes our list of best gaming CPUs over $1000. As you may have seen these CPUs cost a huge amount of money and they are not meant for every gamer. You do not need these kinds of processors to play your favorite game, in fact, these will “future proof” your gaming machine. Which is not necessary but it’s a nice bonus.

If you got the money for these processors, you would not be disappointed as they offer the ultimate performance for anything you do. Whether it’s for video games or for work, these are the best of the best.

I hope our list of best gaming CPUs has given you a better idea of what these monsters can offer. Do not forget to leave us a comment in the section below.