CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 processors are the mid-range models of the new generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen architecture. Featuring 4 physical cores plus a further 4 virtual cores courtesy of SMT technology or 6 physical cores plus a further 6 virtual cores courtesy of SMT technology, Ryzen 5 CPUs provide great performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

Please note: In order to use an AMD A320, B350 or X370 Motherboard with these AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs, you may need to update the motherboard BIOS to the latest version before installing the CPU.

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AMD Ryzen 7 Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 processors are the first of the new generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen architecture. Featuring 8 physical cores plus a further 8 virtual cores curtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 7 CPUs deliver excellent performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

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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 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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