CPU - Intel

The CPU is the central processing unit, literally the central component in a computer. It's responsible for processing instructions and controlling the other components. Many include basic on-board graphics processors too so you can power a display without needing a separate graphics card. Intel and AMD rule the desktop processor market, and each has a wide range of models suited to different tasks and budgets. Low-end, dual-core chips can be had for £25 or even less, but are only well matched to basic tasks, while the high-end is home to multi-core, high frequency monsters that can tear through the world's most intensive software. Before buying, ensure you've got a compatible motherboard and a cooler that can take the heat.

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 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 Xeon Socket 3647 Skylake SP Processors

The latest generation of Xeon server processors is based on the brand new Skylake-SP architecture which features several key improvements such as hardware support for AVX-512 instructions, a new cache architecture plus a new high bandwidth 6-channel memory controller and additional PCI-E lanes compared to previous-generation Xeon processors. The range spans Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum models, steadily offering more cores, more frequency and more cache plus the ability to support up 8-CPUs in a server with select models. 11/07/17.

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