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Feature: A chip off the old block

Best gaming CPU 2020: the top Intel and AMD processors

We often don't think about our CPU when it comes to getting the best gaming speeds from our PC, as most of the graphical grunt work tends to be done by your trusty graphics card. However, having one of our best gaming CPU picks inside your system can make a surprising difference to the number of frames per second your PC can produce, particularly if…

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Feature: Especially when you hate buying new PCs

Everything you need to know about upgrading your PC in 2020

Some of you love building a PC. You’re well into hardware trends and technical innovations and model numbers and all of that. This is fine and valid. But a lot of players are just not interested. They love games on the PC, but the machinery itself is irrelevant. I am one of those people. I’m not totally clueless. I know some basics. I can put…

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This is our first glimpse of Intel’s Xe GPU

2020 is the year Intel finally make their return to the discrete graphics card arena, and last night they gave us our first look at their upcoming Xe GPU during their CES 2020 press conference. Admittedly, Intel only showed one of their mobile Xe GPUs in action rather than a full desktop version, but when that demo involved running Destiny 2 on one of their…

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AMD want their Ryzen 4000 CPUs to be “the best laptop processors ever built”

AMD kicked off their CES 2020 press conference with some big promises last night. Not only are they calling their upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU the "ultimate 1080p graphics card", but they're also hoping their new set of 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs will be "the best laptop processors ever built". Those are fighting words considering AMD have always been a bit of…

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Feature: How to build a great 1080p gaming PC without breaking the bank

The RPS Rig: Everything you need to play games for less than £1000

If you've ever wanted to build a PC but don't know what you should buy or which of our many bestest best components to put inside it, then help is at hand. Introducing The RPS Rig - our recommended PC build that covers everything you need to sit down and start playing your favourite PC games for less than £1000. It's the complete package, including…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: All the best PC gaming deals

Righto folks, it's time for one last hurrah in the old Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals department. The whole cyber deals weekend may be drawing to a close here in the UK, but there are still a good few daylight hours of deals left for our friends in the US, so for those of you still searching for that must-have Cyber Monday PC gaming…

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AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X will launch on the same day as their 3rd Gen Threadripper CPUs

The final member of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPU family, the ultra powerful Ryzen 9 3950X, finally has a release date - as do AMD's freshly-announced 3rd Gen Threadrippers. So far, AMD have only teased two Threadripper/Dataduke™/Bitbasher™/Loadmother™ CPUs, but these will be launching on November 25th together with their Ryzen 3950X sibling. If you like a CPU with more cores than your can shake a stick,…

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Price cut incoming for Intel’s graphics-less Core KF CPUs

I've always been a bit baffled by Intel's Core F and KF processors. Not in theory, you understand. Making CPUs without integrated graphics makes a lot of sense for gaming PCs, especially when you're almost certainly going to be pairing it with a proper discrete graphics card anyway. Instead, it's the price of them that's been the most perplexing thing about them, as until now…

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Intel’s latest Core X-series CPUs are cheaper than ever before, but still cost a small fortune

Let's pretend for a moment that you're the sort of person who has a grand to spend on your CPU. Your craving for cores knows no bounds, and you gobble up threads like bowls of digital spaghetti. You're the kind of person who takes one look at my list and laughs because chips like Intel's Core i7-9700K just don't have the raw speed and power…

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AMD’s latest game bundle gets you free Borderlands, Breakpoint and The Outer Worlds

AMD have announced a bunch of new game bundles for anyone thinking about buying one of their new Radeon RX graphics cards or Ryzen CPUs. Previously, AMD was giving away three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with any new Radeon or Ryzen purchase, but now you can also nab a free copy of Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and / or The Outer…

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Feature: If only the Ryzen 7 3700X wasn't so damn good

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X review: Powerful, but expensive

It's been quite a while since AMD first launched their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but I've finally managed to get my hands on the last remaining member of their new gaming CPU family, the Ryzen 7 3800X. It's the even nippier big brother of the already excellent AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, but with the even more powerful Ryzen 9 3900X now sitting above it in…

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Feature: Ryzen to the occasion

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 review: A great value gaming CPU

When I tested AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X CPU just over a week ago, I said it was a great alternative to our mid-range champ, the Intel Core i5-9600K. Well, scratch that recommendation, because its regular, non-X sibling, the Ryzen 5 3600, is even better value for money than its £240 / $250 big brother - and almost certainly the CPU to buy if you're looking…

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Feature: Ryzen up the ranks

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X review: A fantastic mid-range gaming CPU

After years of playing catch-up to their Intel rivals, AMD have definitely come out swinging with the launch of their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Their high-end Ryzen 7 3700X, for example, made a pretty good impression when I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, and as an overall value for money play is probably well worth considering over Intel's Core i7-9700K, even if its…

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Feature: Sort of, yes, but also not really

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X review: The long-awaited Core i7 killer?

Earlier this week, I put together a list of what I think are the s you can buy today. At the top end of the scale was Intel's Core i7-9700K, a £350 / $365 processor that, at least in my admittedly rather limited, non-water-cooled PC, was easily the fastest CPU for gaming that didn't cost an absolute fortune *cough*Intel Core i9-9900K, I'm looking at you*cough*.…

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Feature: But you probably still shouldn't buy it

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review: Finally, some competition for Intel’s Core i9-9900K

Should you ever spend $500 on a gaming CPU? Personally, I think you'd be mad to spend that kind of money on a processor, especially when Intel's Core i7-9700K offers such incredible gaming performance for about two thirds of the cost. If you are one of these so-called power users with $500-odd to spare on getting the absolute bestest money can buy, however, then your…

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Feature: At least not at this price...

Intel Core i5-8600K review: No longer the best mid-range gaming CPU

For years, Intel's Core i5-8600K has been the go-to gaming CPU for mid-range PC builders the world over. Try and find one now, however, and you'll see prices have soared way beyond its new 9th Gen successor, the Core i5-9600K, and even AMD's upmarket Ryzen 7 2700 CPU. Is it still worth hunting one down? Here's wot I think.

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Feature: But you will need good cooling to get the best from it

Intel Core i7-9700K review: The best gaming CPU that doesn’t break the bank

Intel's Core i7 processors may not be the absolute cream of the crop any more thanks to the introduction of their new 9th Gen Core i9 range of gaming CPUs, but I'll be damned if the Core i7-9700K still isn't one of the s you can buy today. For starters, it costs a heck of a lot less than Intel's top dog Core i9-9900K, with…

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Feature: When the chips are down

Intel Core i7-8700K review: Get the i7-9700K instead

Here it is, the big daddy of Intel's 8th Gen gaming processors. Once the six-core king of the bestest s, the Core i7-8700K has since been dethroned by both its immediate 9th Gen Coffee Lake successor, the Intel Core i7-9700K, and Intel's new super duper Core i9-9900K. Both CPUs, however, are still relatively expensive compared to the i7-8700K, so is this £345 / $350 processor…

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Feature: Great performance at a great price

Intel Core i5-9600K review: Our new best gaming CPU champion

Intel's Core i5-8600K has been one of the top gaming CPUs ever since it came out at the end of 2017. Now, however, there's a new in town in the form of its 9th Gen successor, the Core i5-9600K. Priced at a very competitive £220 / $230 at time of writing, Intel's Core i5-9600K is a tough act to beat - especially when AMD's upcoming…

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