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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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Feature: The mother of all questions

What motherboard / CPU combo do I need to build an Intel Coffee Lake or AMD Ryzen PC?

If you've ever decided to build your own PC, you'll know there are some bits of the upgrade process that are easier to work out than others, especially when it comes to finding the right motherboard for your new CPU. The first step is easy. Most people know whether they want to have an Intel or AMD CPU, but untangling the mess of motherboard sockets…

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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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Feature: Core blimey

Intel Core i9-9900K review: The fastest gaming CPU has arrived, but good grief the price

Since time immemorial (i.e: 2008), Intel CPUs have largely fallen into three distinct categories: you've got your entry-level Core i3s, your mid-range Core i5s, and your high-end Core i7s. With the recent introduction of Intel's new 9th generation of Coffee Lake CPUs, however, the processor giant has now expanded that range with a new Core i9 series, the first and most powerful of which is…

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Feature: The GE stands for 'Good Egg'

AMD Athlon 200GE review: The perfect Vega CPU for Fortnite and indie games alike

When AMD launched their Vega-infused Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G processors earlier in the year, I was left mighty impressed. Here were two relatively cheap CPUs that could sort of play games at decent enough settings at 1920x1080 via their integrated graphics chips without forcing you to spend hundreds of pounds / dollars on a dedicated GPU - a feat made all the…

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Intel launch 9th Gen processors ahead of possible CPU shortage

Intel lifted the lid on their 9th Gen desktop processors this afternoon, giving us a glimpse of what's coming next after their current crop of 8th Gen [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] chips. Leading the pack is their flagship Intel Core i9-9900K, an 8-core, 16-thread CPU that can Turbo Boost all the way up to 5.0GHz. However, the news comes little over a week after…

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Nvidia’s RTX 2080 fails to make a dent on Steam’s September hardware charts

Valve released a fresh batch of Steam hardware stats last night, detailing the most popular components used by participating survey filler-inners. Surprise, surprise, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti are nowhere to be seen on its graphics card list. Instead, PC peeps seem to be doubling down on cards at the other end of the price spectrum, with the GTX 1060, GTX 1050Ti and…

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AMD unveil new Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X CPUs for pre-built PCs

Since September is apparently a great time to launch new processors, AMD are at it again today with the announcement of two brand-new 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs. Following hot on the heels of last week's Vega-infused Athlon 200GE announcement, the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X are both set to be quad-core chips with tasty maximum clock speeds of 4.0GHz. Before you get too…

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AMD resurrects Athlon with new Vega-infused 200GE CPU

AMD have announced a new addition to their family of Radeon Vega CPUs today in the form of the Athlon 200GE. This particular chip is the baby cousin of AMD's Vega-infused Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G chips. Described by AMD as a processor ideally suited to "everyday PCs", this diddy little chip will cost just $55 when it launches on September 18 (UK…

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AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are really quite nippy

In the great 'CPU core-off' at Computex 2018, AMD definitely came home the winner. Their monstrous 32-core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper not only had more core doodads than Intel's mysterious 28-core effort, but it was also destined for actual, real-life PCs owned by regular humans, not corporate enterprise servers that are presumably controlled by heartless robots. It also has, I have to say, the best…

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AMD’s AM4 motherboards get a mid-range face-lift with new B450 chipset

When AMD launched their 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs earlier in the year, they made a pledge that their AM4 motherboard sockets would continue to receive support until the year 2020. To that end, AMD have just announced a brand-new mid-range chipset for AM4 motherboards, the B450. Read below for the full low-down.

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Capcom weigh in on Monster Hunter: World performance woes

First impressions on Monster Hunter: World's PC performance haven't been stellar, to say the least. Not only are today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s struggling to hit 60fps at 1920x1080 on max graphics settings, but - as our own band of RPS hunters have found out over the weekend - it's also subject to crashing. A lot. Some of these problems will hopefully be fixed…

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Intel accidentally spills the beans on new 9th Gen CPU series

Intel might have accidentally revealed some details of their new 9th generation of processors last night, giving us our first glimpse at what lies beyond the company's current crop of 8th Gen [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] CPUs. Nothing's been announced officially yet, but a couple of internal documents that were made public yesterday mentioned a string of 9000-series processors we'd never seen before. Here's the lowdown.

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Feature: Building blocks

How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

Building your own gaming PC isn't too bad if you know what you're doing, but for first-time builders it can be quite the daunting experience. Sometimes, it's just easier to get someone else to do all the legwork for you, especially if you're after something small and diddy like the rather swish Zotac MEK1. Other times, though, it can be both cheaper and more satisfying to make one…

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How to install your CPU

Here comes the tricky bit in our How to build a PC guide. I know I said that earlier when we were learning how to install a motherboard, but that was just fiddly. Installing your CPU requires a delicate sense of precision, as bending one of its many pins underneath could spell disaster for your entire build. So, take a deep breath, and let's get…

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Intel’s 28-core CPU monster vs. AMD’s 32-core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper

The battle for 'how many cores can you possibly fit onto a CPU' has been getting rather toasty at this year's Computex show, as last night Intel and AMD both unveiled (or teased, in Intel's case) some monstrously powerful CPUs in the form of 28-core and, wait for it, 32-core chipsets.

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Intel’s Core i7-8086K is their best CPU yet – and there are 8086 of them up for grabs

In happier Computex news today (which doesn't involve having the vague release date of [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] graphics cards being dashed from sometime this autumn into the vague nothingness of "a long time" into the future), Intel have announced their very first CPU with a 5.0GHz turbo frequency to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their x86 architecture, the limited edition (and very aptly-named) Intel Core i7-8086K -…

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Intel accidentally leak Z390 Coffee Lake chipset

Until recently, anyone looking to buy one of Intel's 8th Gen [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] CPUs was limited to just a single chipset on their accompanying motherboard: the rather expensive Z370. Then Intel announced two more entry-level chipsets at the start of April in the shape of the H370 and B360, and now it looks like there's another one in the works as well: the…

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Feature: Ryzen from the ashes

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 / 2700X review: A tense showdown with Intel’s Coffee Lake Core i7s

AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs have put on a pretty impressive show so far, from the entry-level Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G with integrated Radeon Vega graphics right up to the mid-range Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X - which for my money are better buys than Intel's current crop of Core i5 chips. Now it's time to look at AMD's pair of flagship…

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