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Feature: A chip off the old block

Best gaming CPU 2019: The top Intel and AMD processors

We don't often think about our CPU as being a vital gaming component like our trusty old graphics card, but finding the right processor for your PC can make a surprisingly big difference to your overall gaming performance - particularly if you like playing games at 1920x1080. To find out which ones are the best CPUs for gaming, I've tested as many of the latest…

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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 [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] 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…

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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 [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"]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,…

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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 [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] money…

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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 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] 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 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] Core i9 range of gaming CPUs, but I'll be damned if the Core i7-9700K still isn't one of the [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"]s you can buy today. For starters, it costs a heck of a…

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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 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] gaming processors. Once the six-core king of the bestest [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"]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…

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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 [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] in town in the form of its 9th Gen Coffee Lake 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…

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Feature: A tough act to beat

Intel Core i5-8400 review: Still a great Ryzen 5 killer

When I first reviewed AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X CPUs, I called them the Intel Core i5 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] killers. Specifically, I said they were Intel Core i5-8600K killers - and to some extent that's still true. While not as fast as the Core i5-8600K when it comes to overall gaming performance, their lower price, bundled cooler and generally superior multi-tasking…

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Feature: Cheap as chips

Intel Core i3-8100 review: A great entry-level gaming CPU

At just £120 / $130, Intel's Core i3-8100 is one of the cheapest gaming CPUs you can buy today. It's a pretty tempting package, too. Unlike previous generations of Intel's Core i3 chips, the i3-8100 comes with four cores clocked at a reasonably nippy 3.6GHz, and its 1080p gaming performance impressed when I first saw it inside Overclockers UK's Kinetic Z1 gaming desktop. However, now…

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Feature: But still a great gaming CPU

Intel Core i7-8700 review: Not as good value as the Core i5-9600K

For some, spending more than £300 / $300 on a graphics card can sometimes feel like a step too far. For me, it's spending that kind of money on a processor, as I've just never been able to justify forking out that kind of cash for a top-notch gaming CPU. Is it really worth it? In the case of Intel's Core i7-8700, I'm not so…

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Feature: But just a bit too close in price to Intel's Core i5 CPUs to make it worthwhile

Intel Core i3-8350K review: Entry-level overclocking

Intel's Core i3-8350K CPU probably isn't the first processor you'd think of for building your next gaming PC, but this £170 / $195 quad-core chip holds its own surprisingly well against the Core i5 and Ryzen 5 big boys. Priced at a similar level to AMD's Ryzen 5 2600X CPU, Intel's Core i3-8350K could be just the thing if you're looking for a new [block…

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AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X is a ludicrous 16-core monster gaming CPU

If a big reveal of two new [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPUs wasn't enough this evening, AMD also announced the world's first 16-core gaming CPU in the form of the Ryzen 9 3950X. The monstrous gaming CPU is now the top dog of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series, sitting above the previously-announced Ryzen 9 3900X, which made its debut back at Computex a couple of weeks…

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Feature: The mother of all questions

What motherboard do I need for my Intel or AMD Ryzen CPU?

Your motherboard and CPU are two of the most important parts of your PC, but untangling the mess of motherboard sockets, chipsets and which ones work with which CPUs can be an absolute nightmare if you're building a PC for the first time - especially when there's a whole new crop of them about to be released over the next few months. It's important you…

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Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs will be heading to laptops this Christmas

Not to be outdone by AMD's Ryzen 3000 announcement, Intel have revealed that their very first 10th Gen Core CPUs have finally begun landing in the hands of laptop makers around the world for an intended launch later this year. Code-named Ice Lake, these 10th Gen CPUs will eventually replace Intel's current slate of 9th Gen Coffee Lake mobile processors, which just started appearing in…

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AMD Ryzen 3000: Everything you need to know about AMD’s 3rd Gen CPUs

Hot off the heels of their [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPU tease yesterday, AMD also revealed their entire 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU line-up, detailing every processor in their new Ryzen 3000 family, including a brand-new Ryzen 9 category. Here's everything you need to know, including their specs, price, release date and how they're currently shaping up against Intel's 9th Gen [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"]…

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Feature: Intel-ligent systems

Intel Core CPUs: Everything we know about Intel’s 8th and 9th Gen Coffee Lake Refresh processors

Intel's Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and (now Core i9) CPUs have been the go-to gaming processors since time immemorial - and following yesterday's announcement that even more 9th generation Intel Core desktop CPUs are on their way, there are now more of them to choose from than ever before. That's because right now we're entering that weird crossover period between the 8th and…

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CES 2019: AMD give us a sneak peek of their 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop CPUs

AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs for desktops have arrived. Sort of. This morning, hot off the heels of AMD's Radeon 7 announcement, AMD boss lady Dr Lisa Su gave us our first look at their new 3rd Gen of Ryzen desktop CPU coming in mid 2019. If you were thinking of splashing out on one of Intel's Core i9-9900K CPUs, you might want to hold…

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CES 2019: AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 H CPUs pave the way for high-end gaming laptops

Eager to kick off 2019 with a bang, AMD have announced a slew of new 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs for laptops ahead of this year's annual tech bonanza, CES. The seven-strong Ryzen 3000 series will cover everything from ultra thin notebooks to high-powered gaming laptops, and every CPU will come with one of AMD's Ryzen Vega graphics chips to boot. Here's the lowdown on everything…

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