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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 [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] list and laughs because chips like Intel's Core i7-9700K just don't have…

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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: 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 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] successor, the Core i5-9600K. Priced at a very competitive £220 / $230 at time of writing, Intel's Core i5-9600K is…

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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 [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] 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…

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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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