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CPU - Intel Desktop

Not sure which processor is right for you? Read our Intel CPU Buying Guide

The CPU is the brain of the PC and Intel processors continue to rule the roost. Retail CPUs are installed in the motherboard inside a desktop PC. There are many grades of Intel desktop CPU from entry-level models to high-end models, including some that can be overclocked for additional performance. Those looking for a performance PC ought to make a beeline for Intel Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 processors, with the latter offering staggering performance that makes a mockery of benchmarks and multi-threaded applications. Make sure you select a compatible motherboard for your chosen CPU.

Intel Pentium Gold Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

These Intel 8th & 9th Generation Pentium Gold processors offer increased performance over Celeron processors. The full range of Pentium Gold processors support Hyper-Threading technology, allowing these dual-core CPUs to process four threads simultaneously, improving multi-tasking performance. While these are much more capable than Celeron processors, Pentium Gold CPUs feature half as many physical cores than Core i3 processors, so aren't suitable for heavier multi-tasking & workloads.

Important - Please Note: Despite using the same LGA1151 socket as 6th & 7th Gen. CPUs, ONLY Intel 300 Series Motherboards are compatible with these 8th Gen. 'Coffee Lake' & 9th Gen. 'Coffee Lake Refresh' CPUs.

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Intel Pentium Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These Intel 7th Generation Pentium processors offer increased performance over Celeron processors. The range of Pentium processors supports Hyper-Threading technology, allowing these dual-core CPUs to process four threads simultaneously. While these are much more capable than Celeron processors, Pentium CPUs run at much lower clock frequency than Core i3 processors, so aren't suitable for heavier workloads.

Please note: In order to use an Intel 100 Series Motherboard with these 7th Gen. CPUs, you will need to ensure the motherboard is running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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