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Intel® Core™ Processors

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Help Me Choose: Intel Gaming Processors

With the Latest Intel® Core™ Processors for gaming, experience the power and performance you need to game, stream and record.

Dell gaming laptops, with up to 5GHz Turbo, 8 cores and 16 threads, powered by Intel® Core™ processors have enough power to handle demanding AAA games

Designed for demanding workloads, the new unlocked 9th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors deliver breakthrough performance for gaming, streaming, and recording for both Alienware and G-Series systems.

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Which Gaming CPU Is Right for You?

We Recommended Intel® Core™ i9 Processors Intel® Core™ i7 Processors Intel® Core™ i5 Processors
AAA Gaming
Power for today's top titles
Unlocked & Overclockable
Fine-tuned CPUs for additional performance headroom
Game + Stream + Record
Do it all without compromise
High-End Content Development
High-definition gaming, video editing, and documentation creation.
Max Performance
Our highest performing CPUs for multitasking high-demanding simultaneously.
Best For Uncompromising performance for gaming, VR, and next-level content creation.

High-End Gaming, content development and multi-tasking.

Smooth performance for gaming, simple content creation and everyday tasks.

Intel® Gaming Processors

"K" Means Unlocked

What is Overclocking? Increase processing power by fine-tuning your system to run your processor at higher settings than default specifications, helping speed up your components—and your gameplay.

Overclock with Confidence

Intel® Performance Maximizer (Intel® PM) can automatically increase processor frequency and give you a competitive edge by examining your PC's performance DNA, and programming a personalized setting for a custom overclock.

Get Into Your Games Faster

Intel® Optane™ memory is a smart technology that accelerates computer responsiveness. It accesses your computers frequently used documents, videos, games, and applications quickly and remembers them after you power off—enabling you to create, game, and be productive with less waiting.

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.

Intel® Optane™ memory is a smart technology that accelerates computer responsiveness. It accesses your computers frequently used documents, videos, games, and applications quickly and remembers them after you power off–enabling you to create, game, and be productive with less waiting.

Intel® Optane™ memory is an added module based on smart memory technology that accelerates how quickly games and levels load, so you can jump right in to the action.

Intel® Optane™ SSD is storage based on Intel® Optane™ memory media, a breakthrough in non-volatile memory technology, Intel® Optane™ SSDs utilize PCIe* Gen3x4 to deliver amazing performance where it counts


Gaming PC Finder

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League of Legends Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: 3 GHz (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
Memory:: 3 GB RAM (4 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and higher)
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Fornite Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel® Core™ i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
PUBG Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory:: 16 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB | AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Division 2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core I7-8700 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: AMD RX 480 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Rainbow Six Siege Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5-9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Battlefield V Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i7 8700 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 12GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Crackdown 3 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: Geforce 970 or Geforce 1060 | Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480, 4GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
CS GO Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: Geforce 970 or Geforce 1060 | Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480, 4GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
DOTA 2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 4 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB | AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Vermintide  2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i7- 8700 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 | AMD Radeon R9 series
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
League of Legends Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: 3 GHz (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
Memory:: 3 GB RAM (4 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and higher)
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Fornite Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel® Core™ i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
PUBG Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory:: 16 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB | AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Division 2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core I7-8700 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: AMD RX 480 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Rainbow Six Siege Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5-9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Battlefield V Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i7 8700 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 12GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Crackdown 3 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: Geforce 970 or Geforce 1060 | Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480, 4GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
CS GO Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: Geforce 970 or Geforce 1060 | Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480, 4GB RAM
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
DOTA 2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i5 9400 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 4 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB | AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.
Vermintide  2 Minimum System Requirements*
Processor:: Intel Core i7- 8700 | AMD Ryzen 2920
Memory:: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Processing Unit:: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 | AMD Radeon R9 series
*The minimum system requirements guarantees the ability to play the selected game at 60fps without lag.

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