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 Core i9 Socket 1700 Alder Lake Processors

Intel 12th generation Core i9 Alder Lake processors have a brand new hybrid architecture with 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i9 Socket 1200 Rocket Lake Processors

Intel 11th generation Core i5 Rocket Lake processors have 6 physical cores plus Hyper Threading technology, allowing them to work on up to 12 threads simultaneously.

These Socket 1200 CPUs are ideally paired with a 500-series motherboard, although some older 400-series motherboards are not compatible after a BIOS update. However, you will not get the full benefit of the CPU, such as PCIe 4.0 using a 400-series motherboard.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1700 Alder Lake Processors

Intel 12th generation Core i7 Alder Lake processors have a brand new hybrid architecture with 8 P-cores and 4 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1700 Alder Lake Processors

Intel 12th generation Core i5 Alder Lake processors have a brand new hybrid architecture with 6 P-cores and 4 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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