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 Raptor Lake 13th Gen Processors

Intel 13th generation Core i9 Raptor Lake processors have an enhanced hybrid architecture with 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i9 Socket 1700 Alder Lake 12th Gen 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 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 CPUs support up to 18 cores plus 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 1700 Raptor Lake Refresh 14th Gen Processors

Intel 14th generation Core i7 Raptor Lake Refresh processors have a enhanced hybrid architecture with 8 P-cores and 12 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1700 Raptor Lake 13th Gen Processors

Intel 13th generation Core i7 Raptor Lake processors have a enhanced hybrid architecture with 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i7 Socket 1700 Alder Lake 12th Gen 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 Raptor Lake Refresh 14th Gen Processors

Intel 14th generation Core i5 Raptor Lake Refresh processors have an enhanced hybrid architecture with 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1700 Raptor Lake 13th Gen Processors

Intel 13th generation Core i5 Raptor Lake processors have an enhanced hybrid architecture with 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores, delivering outstanding performance in all games and applications.

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Intel Core i5 Socket 1700 Alder Lake 12th Gen 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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Intel Core i5 Socket 1200 Comet Lake 10th Gen Processors

Intel 10th generation Core i5 Comet Lake processors have 6 physical cores plus Hyper Threading technology, allowing them to work on up to 12 threads simultaneously.

These CPUs use the new Socket 1200 so require a new Z490 motherboard and are not compatible with Z390 motherboards. However, most Socket 1151 coolers are compatible with Socket 1200 CPUs.

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