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Help Me Choose: Intel® 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.

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Intel® Celeron® M processor

Intel® Celeron® M Processor

  • This low-cost option is great for basic business and personal productivity applications
Intel® Pentium® dual core processor

Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor

  • Dual core processors are ideal for multitasking and everyday computing
Intel CI3 10th Gen

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 CI5 10th Gen

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 CI7 10th Gen

Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

  • Equipped with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Smooth streaming and HD entertainment enable immersive full screen 4K and 360 experiences
  • Lightning speed data transfers of Thunderbolt™ 3
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Intel® Core™ i9 Processors

Want to reach for even greater levels of performance? — the Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK processor is fully unlocked and can be overclocked for even more performance. A true must for all gaming enthusiasts. Data acceleration is achieved easily when paired with Intel® Optane™ memory to retrieve that data you use the most for fast system responsiveness.

If you are looking to Game, Record or Stream without compromise on a system, then the 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processor is for you.

Intel® Generations Highlights

8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

Introducing Intel’s new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, designed to help you and your computer keep pace with the digital world. A new computer with an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor delivers a big jump in performance compared to the previous generation, allowing you to get things done fast and easy.

Instant gratification: Enjoy fast, easy, enjoyable completion of tasks.
Easily handle multiple applications running and enjoy better performance with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
What this means, is this allows your Dell computer to do many important tasks such as: Browsing fast, editing photos and videos in dramatically less time compared to a five-year old computer.
It’s ready to stream 4K UHD videos, power virtual reality, or play your favorite games.
Plus it has built-in security that adds a layer of protection to make password logins, browsing, and online payments safe and simple.

9th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

The 9th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are the first unlocked mainstream desktop processor. When paired with Intel® Optane™ memory, accelerates the loading and launching of the games you play. With up to 5GHz and 16-way multitasking, take your creativity to the next level with the power you need to create, edit, and share.

The 9th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor takes laptop performance to a whole new level. The Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK delivers world-class performance with up to 5.0 GHz1 with Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, 8 cores, and 16 threads with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology), and 16MB of smart cache to conquer the most demanding workloads.

10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

Looking for greater performance, connectivity and entertainment? Look no further. The 10th Gen InteI® Core™ mobile processors open more possibilities than ever before. Groundbreaking intelligent performance features adapt to you and the things you do, for a more personalized and responsive experience.

A computer featuring a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor plus Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) enables best in class Wi-Fi performance.

Incredibly immersive entertainment features available on select systems make detailed and vivid 4K streaming and gaming at 1080p possible. Designed with you in mind, 10th Gen InteI® Core™ mobile processors make the high-performance, highly portable devices you’ve always wanted possible.

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Processor Intel® Core™ m3 Processor Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Processor Intel® Core™ i7 vPro Processor Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Intel® Core™ i9 Processor Intel® Core™ i9 X-Series
What it's Great for On-the-Go Mobility. Small device size: internet browsing and watching videos. Budget Conscious. Value-priced for home-related tasks: internet browsing and watching videos. Everyday Tasks. Business and/or home-related computer tasks: document creation, internet browsing, and watching videos. Built for Business. Business power-user: video editing, document creation, internet browsing, and watching videos. Home and Workplace. Business and/or home-related computer tasks: gaming, video editing, document creation, internet browsing, and watching videos. AAA Gaming and Development. Amazing mobile performance, uncompromising gaming and VR, and next-level content creation. High-End Content Creation and Development. High-definition gaming, video editing, and documentation creation.
Cores Up to 2 Up to 4 Up to 6 Up to 6 Up to 8 Up to 8 Up to 18
Cache Size Up to 4 MB Up to 8 MB Up to 9 MB Up to 12 MB Up to 12 MB Up to 16 MB Up to 25 MB
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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.

Dell PCs powered by an Intel® Core™ processors are designed for creative professionals and enthusiasts (photo, movie, design) to help cut costs and increase efficiency by taking advantage of intelligent performance and unique hardware-assisted security and manageability features.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Intel Core processor family spans several generations of processor upgrades. There are 3 basic family generations of note. Usually the greater the number, the later the generation. For example, 10th gen is newer than 9th gen and 8th gen. These correspond to improvements in process technology and features to allow for more sophisticated applications such as virtual reality, gaming and office productivity.
The Intel Core processor family contains Intel's most feature rich, highest-performance processors for business and consumers. There are three levels of Intel Core processors represented by i3, i5, i7 and i9. The difference between these levels is features (or amount of a particular feature such as amount of cache) present in the processor. The Intel Core i9 processor is the most feature rich, the Intel Core i3 processor the least.
  • C – Desktop processor based on the LGA 1150 package with high performance graphics
  • H – High performance graphics
  • K – Unlocked
  • M – Mobile
  • Q – Quad-core
  • R – Desktop processor based on BGA1364 (mobile) package with high performance graphics
  • S – Performance-optimized lifestyle
  • T – Power-optimized lifestyle
  • U – Ultra-low power
  • X – Extreme edition
  • Y – Extremely low power
Clock speed, measured in megahertz (MHz) and gigahertz (GHz), represents how fast a processor moves. It's calculated by the number of clock cycles managed per second.
The quad core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M graphics has 4GB of dedicated High Bandwidth Memory for graphics. This is Intel’s first processor ever packaged with discrete graphics for the next level of processing and performance designed for small, thin and light computers. Great performance is now available in an impossibly thin 2-in-1 design with the XPS 15 2-in-1. So whether creating, editing or viewing 4K content, mega tasking while playing your favorite game, the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M graphics delivers balanced performance to experience what’s coming next at home or on the go.
The 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor has built-in security that adds a layer of protection to make password logins, browsing, and online payments safe and simple. Don’t gamble on old computers with your data, reduce worry with automatic protection.

With an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor in a new computer has precise facial, voice, and fingerprint recognition. You can log on with just a look, your voice, or your finger print – it’s rock-solid security, hassle-free, and saves time.
  • Lower the risk of identity and credit card theft with fingerprint recognition.
  • Quick, secure checkout with a swipe of a finger makes online shopping a cinch.

Strong security against identity theft and fraud
  • An automatic second layer of protection built in to your new computer’s hardware gives you peace of mind to help keep your information safe without slowing you down.
Store passwords, personal information, and auto-fill information with one master password that is protected by security built in to the computer.
  • Simple and carefree browsing without the hassle of remembering passwords.
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