Help Me Choose: Processor

• The processor is the engine behind your computer processing critical information and instructions

• The speed at which your system runs programs, loads pages and downloads files depends in part on the processor. Bandwidth, clock speed and the number of cores in the processor all help determine processor performance

• In general, a higher core number indicates higher speed when comparing the same type of processor, e.g. a core™ i7 will perform faster than an i3 and the newest generation will have the most impressive performance e.g. 7th generation can deliver more features such as power and battery life than previous generations

• However, if you want to save a little money but still be able to accomplish everyday tasks like word processing, email and web browsing, choose the Intel® Core™ i3 processor
Intel Cores - Depending on the number of cores within each processor, you can get more multitasking capability, extra speed or advanced media capability.

Core i7 Extreme Core i7 Extreme
At the top rung is Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition, which has all the capabilities of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7, plus greater performance, thanks to six cores, more onboard memory and 12-way multitask processing. Intel Core i7 Extreme processors also enable you to overclock1 the CPU for even greater performance, perfect for serious media enthusiasts and hard-core gamers. Core i7 Extreme is available on select Alienware™ systems. 
Intel® Core™ i7
Intel® Core™ i7
Intel® Core™ i7 Processors
  • Equipped with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Smooth streaming and HD entertainment enable immersive viewing
  • Full screen 4K and 360 experiences
  • Lightning speed data transfers of Thunderbolt™ 3
Intel® Core™ i5
Intel® Core™ i5
Intel® Core™ i5 Processors
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Longer-lasting battery life and faster re-charging
  • Full-screen 4K and 360 viewing
  • Lightning fast start-up times
Intel® Core™ i3
Intel® Core™ i3
Intel® Core™ i3 Processors
  • Amazing battery life and smooth streaming
  • Brilliant HD entertainment with, full-screen 4K and 360 viewing
  • Powerful performance and seamless computing at home and on-the-go
  • Impeccable visuals, immersive entertainment and effortless multitasking
Intel Pentium® dual core processorIntel Pentium® dual core processor
  • Dual core processors are ideal for multitasking and everyday computing
Intel Celeron® M processorIntel Celeron® M processor
  • This low-cost option is great for basic business and personal productivity applications

Intel Generations - In general terms performance is increased as new generations are released. If you bought your computer more than a handful of years ago, you’re missing more than you know.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor.
Delivering real-life productivity, creativity,
and big-screen entertainment like never before. 
  • Ultra-HD content
  • 360-degree video
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • More power and battery life
6th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor. Built to outperform.
  • Blazing fast startups
  • Natural interaction through touch, voice and facial recognition
  • Amazing responsiveness lets you rocket between apps and browsing
5th Gen Intel® Processor.
Premium performance, powerful possibilities.
  • Enjoy exceptionally smooth, seamless video chats
  • Amazing battery life that keeps you productive on the go. Only with Intel Inside®
Which processor is best for me?
The AMD A-Series APU delivers advanced features designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency for a premium PC experience. Enjoy a superior online gaming experience and seamless streaming video – at home, or on the go. Stream premium content video smoother than ever before, with upscaling for next-generation Ultra HD displays. Plus innovative features that enable new content management tools, enhanced security and long battery life.

Technical Specifications:
Vulkan™ and DirectX®12 with Multiadapter SupportX
​Frame Rate Target ControlXX
AMD Eyefinity TechnologyXX
AMD Dual GraphicsXXX
​AMD Gaming Evolved Client Real-time Record and PlayXXX
​Virtual Super ResolutionXXXX
​AMD FreeSync™ TechnologyXXXX
​AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next​R7​R7​R5​R5​R4​R2
​AMD Perfect Picture with AMD Steady VideoXXXXXX
​Native 4K Display SupportXXXXXX
AMD Start Now TechnologyXXXXXX
7th Generation
ModelRadeon™ BrandCPU Frequency (Max/Base)
FX-9800PR73.6 / 2.7 GHz
A12-9700PR73.4 / 2.5 GHz
A9-9400R5​3.5 / 2.9 GHz
Previous Generations
ModelRadeon™ BrandCPU Frequency (Max/Base)
FX-8800PR7Up to 3.4GHz
A10-8700PR6Up to 3.2GHz
A8-7410R5Up to 2.5GHz
A6-6310R4Up to 2.4GHz
E2-6110R2Up to 1.5GHz