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Intel’s Core i9-11900K might be down to 8 cores, but its gaming performance is still just as quick

When AMD launched their Ryzen 5000 series last year, it quickly became apparent that throwing more cores and threads at a game didn’t necessarily result in significantly faster frame rates. Indeed, unless you regularly use your gaming PC for other intensive desktop tasks such as editing videos, running virtual machines or you’re a full-time streamer, you’re usually much better off opting for a mid-range CPU like AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X than spending loads of cash on something more upmarket like their Ryzen 9 5900X. The same can be said for Intel’s new Core i9-11900K, their latest flagship CPU in their…

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Intel’s Core i5-11600K strikes back at AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X

After their 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs got well and truly whomped by AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series at the end of last year, Intel have come back fighting with the launch of their 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs. With proper PCIe 4.0 support across the board, memory overclocking available on more motherboard chipsets than ever before, as well as some welcome improvements to its instructions per clock performance, Rocket Lake finally feels like an Intel platform that’s worth upgrading to – especially when the ongoing hardware shortages have put quite the premium on their Ryzen rivals. Indeed, with Ryzen 5…

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Intel unveil 11th Gen H-Series CPUs for ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel have just announced their first crop of 11th Gen H-series CPUs for gaming laptops. Comprising of three processors in total, this new trio of high-performance Tiger Lake CPUs will help usher in a new era of even thinner and lighter gaming laptops in 2021, with the first laptop designs coming in at just 16.6mm. Here’s everything you need to know. (more…)

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Best CPU for gaming 2021: the top Intel and AMD processors

It’s easy to forget about your CPU when it comes to boosting your PC’s gaming performance, but finding the right processor can often make a surprising difference to your overall frame rate, especially if you tend to play games at 1920×1080. To help you get the best gaming CPU for you and your budget, we’ve put together this list of our top Intel and AMD processors. Whether you’re building a budget-friendly 1080p machine or a high-powered mega rig, here are my best CPU for gaming recommendations for 2021. (more…)

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The PC gaming hardware we’re most looking forward to in 2021

Despite a flurry of new CPU and graphics card launches at the end of last year, 2021 is already shaping up to be quite a busy year for PC gaming hardware. Not only have we got Intel’s new 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors due before the end of March, but 2021 will also be the year Intel finally enter the graphics card arena with their new desktop Xe GPUs. That’s not all either, as we’re also likely to see Nvidia’s RTX 30 series GPUs make their way over to gaming laptops, plus significantly faster game loading times thanks to Microsoft’s…

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Cyber Monday 2020 CPU deals: the best Intel and AMD deals

There weren’t many good [cms-block] CPU deals this year, but today’s Cyber Monday sale has luckily brought us a few more, including a sizeable discount on Intel’s entry-level 10th Gen Core i3 processor. To help you get the best price on your new Intel or AMD CPU, we’ve rounded up all the best Cyber Monday CPU deals happening in the UK and the US. Most of this year’s Cyber Monday CPU deals are limited to the premium end of the price spectrum, unfortunately, but if you’re looking to pick up one of Intel’s new 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs this…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 CPU deals: the best Intel and AMD deals

There weren’t many good [cms-block] CPU deals this year, but there’s still hope we might see some more over Cyber Monday. And to help you get the best price on your new Intel or AMD CPU, we’ve rounded up all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday CPU deals happening in the UK and the US. Most of this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday CPU deals are limited to the premium end of the price spectrum, unfortunately, but if you’re looking to pick up one of Intel’s new 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs this is still a good time…

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Get Far Cry 6 for free with select AMD Ryzen CPUs

AMD have announced a new free game bundle for their Ryzen gaming CPUs. Until December 31st 2020, anyone who buys an eligible processor from their Ryzen 3000 or new Ryzen 5000 series from a participating retailer will get a free copy of Far Cry 6 and a handful of in-game items when the game comes out next year. (more…)

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X review

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X review specs: Cores / Threads: 8 / 16 Base clock speed: 3.8GHz Boost clock speed: 4.7GHz Motherboard socket: AM4 Motherboard chipset: B550/X570 Cooler included: None Overclockable: Yes TDP: 105W Price: £420 / $449 After seeing the stonking gaming speeds of AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X at the end of last week, the Ryzen 7 5800X was always going to have a difficult mountain to climb if it was going to prove its worth as a top-notch gaming processor – especially after the rather middling gaming performance of the even more expensive Ryzen 9 5900X didn’t really leave…

After a good Ryzen 5 3600X CPU deal? Head to Walmart

AMD may have announced their next-gen Ryzen 5000 CPUs are arriving on November 5th, but their unusually high prices may have you thinking it might be better to snap up one of their existing Ryzen 3000 chips on the cheap instead. While CPU deals have been few and far between this [cms-block], Walmart have currently got the excellent Ryzen 5 3600X for just $210, which is the cheapest I’ve seen in ages. (more…)

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Save $150 on this 10th Gen Intel Core i7 and Z490 combo deal

Intel’s new 10th Gen Comet Lake chips are some of the best and most powerful gaming CPUs around, but they also cost an arm and a leg, especially when you factor in the cost of the new Z490 motherboard you’ll need to go with it. Happily, Newegg have got some handy CPU and motherboard combo deals going on at the moment, including a Core i7-10700KA and Asus ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming bundle that saves you $150 compared to their normal price. Plus, since the Core i7 is a special Marvel Avengers edition (hence the extra ‘A’ on its model name),…

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CPU deals of the week – 8th September 2020

With next-gen graphics cards on the way, you may be thinking it’s about time you upgraded your CPU as well. Fortunately, we’re here to help, as we’ve rounded up all of the best and cheapest CPU deals from around the web in both the UK and US. Whatever type of PC you’re looking to build, you’ll find all the best prices for our top gaming CPU picks below. From the best 9th and 10th Gen Intel CPU prices to the best AMD Ryzen CPU deals, we’ve got you covered. (more…)

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Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs could change the face of gaming laptops as we know it

Intel have officially unveiled their 11th Gen Tiger Lake laptop CPUs with integrated Xe graphics, and they might just be about to change the future of gaming laptops. With up to double the gaming performance compared to Intel’s previous generation of mobile CPUs, Tiger Lake laptops with Xe graphics were shown playing big blockbuster games such as Grid and Gears Tactics at 1080p at close to 60fps during Intel’s online press conference this evening, representing a huge leap in performance for ultraslim laptops compared to their AMD and Nvidia-powered competition. (more…)