Intel Processors

The ultimate CPUs for gaming PCs

The CPU (Central Processing Unit) or processor is the second most important component in a gaming PC after the graphics card, impacting its performance and governing the number of concurrent tasks that can be performed at any one time. Learn more about the brands of CPU we recommend if you’re building a new PC or upgrading your current system.

The Intel Core Range Explained

Intel’s market-leading Core CPUs deliver unmatched speed in games and cutting-edge features.

Intel Core CPUs are available in a wide price range and are divided into four different series, i3, i5, i7 and i9, each with their own set of features and benefits. To help you choose between the different CPUs the table below compares the core and thread counts of the different series and rates the gaming and streaming performance out of 10. It also shows comparative pricing and buy buttons which link off to all the relevant CPU categories, as each series has many different CPU models.

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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 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 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 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 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 i7 Socket 1200 Rocket Lake 11th Gen Processors

Intel 11th generation Core i7 Rocket Lake processors have 8 physical cores plus Hyper Threading technology, allowing them to work on up to 16 threads simultaneously, but have slower clock speeds than Core i9 processors.

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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