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CPU - Intel Desktop

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 Core i9 Socket 2066 Skylake-X Processors

These new high-end Core X CPUs are based on the Skylake X architecture and are designed to fit into the new Socket 2066 and so require an Intel X299 motherboard. These 10-core CPUs support HyperThreading and so are ideal for heavy multitasking and content creation applications.

As the LGA2066 socket has the same external dimensions as LGA2011-3 you can use any of these coolers with a LGA2066 CPU.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 2066 Skylake-X Processors

These new high-end Core X CPUs are based on the Skylake X architecture and are designed to fit into the new Socket 2066 and so require an Intel X299 motherboard. These 6-core and 8-core CPUs support HyperThreading and so are ideal for heavy multitasking and content creation applications.

As the LGA2066 socket has the same external dimensions as LGA2011-3 you can use any of these coolers with a LGA2066 CPU.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 2066 Kaby Lake-X Processors

These new high-end Core X CPUs are based on the Kaby Lake X architecture but are designed to fit into the new Socket 2066 and so require an Intel X299 motherboard. These quad-core CPUs support HyperThreading and are intended to provide a cost-effective starting point for the Intel Core X series, and thanks for their oversize heatspreader can run at higher frequencies than standard Kaby Lake CPUs.

As the LGA2066 socket has the same external dimensions as LGA2011-3 you can use any of these coolers with a LGA2066 CPU.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 2066 Kaby Lake-X Processors

These new high-end Core X CPUs are based on the Kaby Lake X architecture but are designed to fit into the new Socket 2066 and so require an Intel X299 motherboard. These quad-core CPUs are intended to provide a cost-effective starting point for the Intel Core X series, and thanks for their oversize heatspreader can run at higher frequencies than standard Kaby Lake CPUs.

As the LGA2066 socket has the same external dimensions as LGA2011-3 you can use any of these coolers with a LGA2066 CPU.

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Intel Core i9 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

Intel 9th generation Core i7 Coffee Lake processors have 8 physical cores plus 8 HyperThreading cores, allowing them to work on up to 16 threads simultaneously. Despite the Core i9 branding, these CPUs are compatible with mainstream Z370 and Z390 motherboards and don't require a more expensive X299 motherboard.

Please Note: Some Intel Z370 motherboards will support these processors. Please check the list of supported CPUs for your motherboard before purchasing one of these processors to ensure it is compatible

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

This category contains a mix of Intel 8th and 9th generation Core i7 Coffee Lake which have more cores and cache memory than the Core i5s, giving them much faster performance, especially in CPU intensive tasks such as graphics processing, video encoding and music mixing.

8th gen Core i7s have 6 physical cores plus HyperThreading while the more powerful 9th gen Core i7 processors have 8 physical cores.

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

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These Intel 7th Generation Core quad-core processors have more cache memory than the Core i5s and also support Hyper-Threading, allowing them to work on up to eight threads simultaneously. A Core i7 is the ideal choice for a high-end PC and is much faster than a Core i5 when it comes to rendering videos and multi-threaded calculations.

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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Intel Core i5 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

These 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core i5 Coffee Lake CPUs are the most affordable 6-core Intel processors. Intel Core i5 CPUs provide a significant speed up in games and multimedia applications such as image and video editing, making them a great choice for gamers and creative professionals.

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

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These 7th Generation Intel Core CPUs are the most affordable quad-core Intel processors. Intel Core i5 CPUs provide a significant speed up in games and multimedia applications such as image and video editing, making them a great choice for gamers and creative professionals.

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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Intel Core i5 Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

The Intel® Core™ i5 6000-series processors are based on the new architecture codenamed Skylake. The 6th Gen Intel processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology which gives you an extra boost and increases processor frequency when you need it most. Choose a 'K' SKU, which can be easily overclocked for even greater performance.

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Intel Core i3 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

These 8th Generation Intel Core i3 Coffee Lake quad-core processors are much faster than the cheaper Celeron and Pentium models thanks to having more cores and cache memory which enables them to process up to four threads at a time. Due to their higher frequency and larger cache Core i3's are much faster than Pentiums, and are the cheapest CPU we recommend for a more intensive tasks such as gaming and image editing.

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

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Intel Core i3 Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

These 7th Generation Intel Core dual-core processors are much faster than the cheaper Celeron and Pentium models thanks to having more cache memory and support for Hyper-Threading which enables them to process up to four threads at a time. Due to their higher frequency and larger cache Core i3's are much faster than Pentiums, and are the cheapest CPU we recommend for a more intensive tasks such as gaming and image editing.

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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3XS Professionally Overclocked Intel X299 Bundles

Save yourself the hassle of picking and assembling all the components you need to upgrade your PC. Scan 3XS Overclocked Bundles are pre-built, tested and configured so all you need to do is screw the motherboard and cooler into your case. Our engineers have even overclocked the CPU too, ensuring maximum performance. Choose from a selection of bundles using the finest components.

These overclocked bundles are based on Intel's latest X299 platform. Intel's X299 platform supports 14nm Skylake X & Kaby Lake X processors and features upto 44 Lanes of PCI-E 3.0 , PCI-E M.2 SSDs, & ultra-fast DDR4 memory in either dual-channel, or quad-channel for extra bandwidth.

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3XS Professionally Overclocked Intel Z370 Bundles

Save yourself the hassle of picking and assembling all the components you need to upgrade your PC. Scan 3XS Overclocked Bundles are pre-built, tested and configured so all you need to do is screw the motherboard and cooler into your case. Our engineers have even overclocked the CPU too, ensuring maximum performance. Choose from a selection of bundles using the finest components.

These overclocked bundles are based on Intel's latest Z370 platform. Intel's Z370 platform supports Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake processors and features PCI-E 3.0, PCI-E M.2 SSDs and ultra-fast DDR4 memory.

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Intel Pentium Gold Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

These Intel 8th 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.

Please Note: Despite using the same LGA1151 socket as 7th & 6th Gen. CPUs, ONLY Intel 300 Series Motherboards are compatible with these 8th Gen. 'Coffee Lake' 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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Intel Pentium Socket 1151 Skylake Processors

Choose an Intel Pentium processor for solid performance at a low price. These dual-core CPUs are ideal for basic computing tasks such as home and office applications or casual gaming.

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Intel Celeron Socket 1151 Coffee Lake Processors

Intel's entry-level 8th Generation Core processor brand is Celeron and comprises a range of dual-core CPUs that ideal for basic home & office tasks such as basic office tasks such as word processing, sending emails, & browsing the internet.

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

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Intel Celeron Socket 1151 Kaby Lake Processors

Intel's entry-level 7th Generation Core processor brand is Celeron and comprises a range of dual-core CPUs that ideal for basic office tasks such as basic office tasks such as word processing.

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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Intel Xeon-W Socket 2066 Skylake-W Processors

These Xeon W CPUs are offer high performance and reliability for mission critical workstations. Featuring up to 18 cores, quad-channel DDR4 memory with ECC support and 44 PCI-E 3.0 lanes these Xeon W processors offer scalable performance for every workflow.

Xeon W CPUs use the Socket 2066 but require a motherboard based on the Intel C422 chipset.

3XS Systems can custom build you a workstation or server using the new Intel Xeon W series CPUs. Please click HERE to find out more.

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Core i7 - Socket 2011 (Sandy Bridge Enthusiast)

The Intel® Core™ i7 Sandy Bridge Enthusiast Socket 2011 series delivers performance for the most demanding of applications. Available in quad and six core architecture. They feature greater cache than previous i7's, more memory bandwidth, a greater number of PCIe lanes and less latency. These Enthusiast series of Sandy Bridge CPU's is the high end solution for all your computing requirements.

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CPU Warranty & Insurance Packages

Mishaps with computers can happen. Take the stress out of this scenario by purchasing an extended warranty which will give you piece of mind that you are covered in case of any unfortunate accidents or damage occurring.

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