Are you old enough to remember Cyrix 6x86 CPUs?
The latest generation of Intel Core CPUs have arrived accompanied by the new Z490 platform. Incredibly, there are over 50 Intel Z490 motherboards on the market, with prices ranging from $150 all the way up to $1,300. Here's what you should buy.
You've just bought a new CPU and it seems to run pretty cool, so you try a bit of overclocking. The GHz climbs higher and higher, it's surely not supposed to be like this? You rush to the internet to share your excitement of hitting the silicon jackpot, and within a few posts, somebody proclaims that you've got yourself a binned chip. But what is it?
Today we're going to compare the Ryzen 7 3700X and Core i5-10600K in a number of games, but we'll be doing so with low or esports level of quality settings in games such as Fortnite, World of Tanks, Rocket League, and about half a dozen other competitive titles.
The Core i9-10980HK is Intel's flagship mobile processor in their 10th generation line-up. This is the third CPU we've looked at in the Comet Lake H-series, after the Core i7-10875H and Core i7-10750H, so we're starting to get a pretty comprehensive outline of where Intel is positioned in the market right now. This Core i9 chip is typically found in the most expensive laptops you can get, but it also promises to be the fastest.
The world of CPUs has been notoriously busy in recent years and our buying guide is keeping up with the latest releases to complement our day-one reviews and benchmark comparisons. After all the extensive testing you're familiar with, TechSpot's CPU buying guide means to narrow things down in a few easy recommendations you can trust and follow.
The Core i3-10100 is Intel's most affordable 4-core, 8-thread CPU ever at just $122. That places it in direct competition with AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X. As the successor of the i3-9100, clock speeds are about the same, but thanks to Hyper-Threading, it brings support for 8 threads. Spec-wise, the i3-10100 is similar to 2017's Core i7-7700 which cost more than twice as much as this i3 CPU.
The Core i5-10600K is arguably the most compelling of the 10th-gen unlocked desktop parts. First, it's the most affordable of the bunch, set to retail for $262. Second, if you look at the spec sheet, it's basically a Core i7-8700K, an amazing flagship processor in its heyday.
The Core i7-10700K is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU which is essentially a Core i9-9900K at a 25% discount, as Intel has set the MSRP at $375. It's a reasonable discount over the previous gaming king, but will that be enough?
Today we're checking out Intel's new enthusiast and gaming flagship CPU, the Core i9-10900K. This is a 10-core, 20-thread processor sporting a base frequency of 3.7 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.3 GHz. As the successor of the i9-9900K, Intel's latest flagship is set to go head to head against AMD's Ryzen 3900X.