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Help Me Choose: Intel Gaming Processors

Alienware systems are designed with Intel® processors that are built for gaming, with powerhouse performance for your most extreme game play experiences.

Playing video games is all about stepping into a different world. In order to be fully immersed in another dimension the player needs images as realistic as possible with crisp details and smooth transitions.

However, to achieve such high degrees of realism your system requires high-performance components to produce desirable frame rates, higher resolution picture. Alienware systems are equipped with the even MORE powerful CPUs and GPUs available in the market.

Intel Gaming Processors


The Latest Intel® Core™ Processors

Intel® Core™ i9

Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor
Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor, the new Intel® Core™ X-Series processor family is the ultimate desktop platform, delivering extreme mega-tasking power for today's demanding enthusiasts and creatives.

  • New and improved Intel® Core™ X-Series processors for extreme enthusiasts. Scalable with 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4-core options
  • Extreme performance for single-thread and multithread computing. Up to 14% faster multithread performance over previous generations and up to 15% faster single-threaded performance over previous generations
  • Ultimate platform for gaming, VR, content creation, and overclocking
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 is available on select Intel® Core ™ X-series processors
Intel® Core™ i5

Unlocked - Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors offer more freedom to push the limits with enhanced full-range base clock tuning, unlocked    processor ratios, memory and processor graphics^1. Unlocked Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors offer up to 30% better performance than a 3-year old PC^234.

These processors contain:
  • Full range clock tuning
  • Unlocked processor ratios
  • Enhanced single threaded with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0*
  • Up to 40 Lanes of PCI Express 3.0
* Intel Turbo Boost is a technology implemented by Intel in certain versions of its processors that enables the processor to run above its base operating frequency via dynamic control of the processor's clock rate.

Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 is a combination of software and hardware that delivers more than 15% better single-threaded performance.
Intel® Core™ i7

i7 Family - Epic Processor Performance unleashes the awesome power of Intel® Core™ i7 processors to drive incredible experiences.

Powerful features like:
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*
  • DDR4 memory support
* Intel Turbo Boost is a technology implemented by Intel in certain versions of its processors that enables the processor to run above its base operating frequency via dynamic control of the processor's clock rate.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 accelerates processor and graphics performance for peak loads, automatically allowing processor cores to run faster than the rated operating frequency if they’re operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. Whether the processor enters into Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and the amount of time the processor spends in that state depends on the workload and operating environment.
Intel® Core™ i7

The Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition lets you mega-quest and mega-task with ease. It's Intel's first 10 core, 20 thread processor for desktop PCs that offers over 2x better performance versus 4 cores!^234.

This processor is perfect for:
  • Hard Core Gaming
  • Mega Tasking
  • Up to 25% Faster Performance^235
  • Broadcast and game in 4K Ultra HD and edit video up to 25% faster in Adobe Premiere Pro CC^235
  • Support up to 4 discrete graphics cards
  • Enhanced single threaded with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0*
*Intel® Turbo Boost is a technology implemented by Intel® in certain versions of its processors that enables the processor to run above its base operating frequency via dynamic control of the processor's clock rate.

Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 is a combination of software and hardware that delivers more than 15% better single-threaded performance.

Footnotes

  1. Warning: Altering clock frequency and/or voltage may: (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system, processor, and other system components; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of other system components beyond their industry standard specifications. Intel assumes no responsibility that the processor and other system components, including if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose.
  2. Intel technologies' features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com/gaming.
  3. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance.
  4. 2.1X better multithreaded performance Intel® Core™ i7-6950X vs. Intel® Core™ i7-6700K. Estimation based on SPECint_rate_base2006 scores (multithreaded) comparing Intel® Core™ i7-6950X Processor (3.0GHz up to 3.5GHz, 10C/20T, 25MB, 140W TDP) versus the Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor (4GHz up to 4.2GHz, 4C/8T, 8MB, 91W TDP). Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.
  5. Estimation based on SPECint_rate_base2006 scores comparing Intel® BDW-E 10C (assumed specs are not POR; 25M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz DDR4 2400, Windows 8.1, 500 GB HDD) to Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor 8M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz DDR4 2133, Windows 8.1, 500 GB HDD. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/performance
  6. Available on select Intel® processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology-enabled system. Consult your system manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading
  7. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your system manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/go/turbo
  8. Intel Corporation. Based on SPECint_rate_base2006 (8 copy rate) IC14 scores comparing Intel® Core™ i7-6700K to Intel® Core™ i7-4790K Processor. Baseline Configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K (up to 4.4GHz, 4C8T 8MB Cache), Asus Z97M-PLUS Motherboard, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1600, Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Disk, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Windows 8.1. New Configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K (up to 4.2GHz, 4C8T 8MB Cache), Intel Reference Motherboard, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Disk, Intel HD Graphics 530, Windows 8.1.
  9. Source: Compute Intensive Application Performance. SPEC CPU2000/2006 is a benchmark from the SPEC consortium that measures device performance and throughput using compute intensive application subtests. SPECint_base2000/2006 measures how fast a device completes a single integer compute task. SPECint_rate_base2000/2006 measures throughput, or how many integer compute tasks a device can accomplish in a given amount of time. OS support: Desktop Windows, UNIX/Linux and Mac OS.

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What Matters

The table below is to showcase the differences between the processors available in our Alienware systems.

The number of cores, threads and frequency play an important role in determining the speed of your system.

Quad-core processor:  A chip with four independent units called cores that read and execute central processing unit (CPU) instructions such as add, move data, and branch. Within the chip, each core operates in conjunction with other circuits such as cache, memory management, and input/output (I/O) ports.

Threads:  Threads are essentially the highest level executed by a processor. A process spawns a thread upon completion, giving the illusion you are doing multiple things at one time. While every process has a minimum of one thread, there is no maximum of threads that can be created for specialized tasks.

Frequency:  The clock speed is the rate at which a processor executes a task and is measured in Gigahertz (GHz). Once, a higher number meant a faster processor, but advances in technology have made the processor chip more efficient so now they do more with less.

Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology:  Technology that dynamically adapts the clock speed as more demanding tasks require more power and higher speeds, engaging the number of cores necessary, but achieving its highest speeds in a single core. Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology is available in 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 versions. Depending on which processor you may have, a different version will be available. However, one version is not meant to replace the other, rather each is created to simply adapt to a particular processor architecture. Processors with version 3.0 dynamically selects the fastest core available to direct a particular task.

Overclocking:  Forces the processor to clock speeds above the base clock, however in static speeds, thus improving game performance. The user may choose either utilize Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology or Overclocking during use, but not both at the same time.

Cache memory: Sometimes called a cache store or RAM cache, it's a portion of memory made of high-speed static RAM (SRAM) instead of the slower and cheaper dynamic RAM (DRAM) used for main memory. Processor cache is an extremely important part of a system, since it allows the processor to make calculations as quickly as it can be fed data.

Compare Intel® Core™ Gaming Processors

Alienware 13 Laptop Processors # of Cores # of Threads Max Turbo Frequency (Ghz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Version Cache (MB) Memory Channels Optane™ Ready
Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ 4 4 3.5 2.0 6 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ 4 8 3.8 2.0 6 2 yes
Alienware 15 Laptop Processors # of Cores # of Threads Max Turbo Frequency (Ghz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Version Cache (MB) Memory Channels Optane™ Ready
Intel® Core™ i5-8300H 4 8 4.0 2.0 8 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 6 12 4.1 2.0 9 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK 6 12 4.8 2.0 12 2 Yes
Alienware 17 Laptop Processors # of Cores # of Threads Max Turbo Frequency (Ghz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Version Cache (MB) Memory Channels Optane™ Ready
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 6 12 4.1 2.0 9 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK 6 12 4.8 2.0 12 2 Yes
Area 51 Desktop Processors # of Cores # of Threads Max Turbo Frequency (Ghz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Version Cache (MB) Memory Channels Optane™ Ready
Intel® Core™ i7-7800X 6 12 4.0 2.0 8.25 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7-7820X 8 16 4.3 2.0 11.0 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-7900X 10 20 4.3 2.0 13.75 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-7920X 12 24 4.3 2.0 16.50 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-7940X 14 28 4.3 2.0 19.25 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-7960X 16 32 4.2 2.0 22.00 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE 18 32 4.2 2.0 24.75 2 Yes
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1900X 8 16 4.0 N/A 16.00 4 FuzeDrive
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1920X 12 24 4.0 N/A 32.00 4 FuzeDrive
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X 16 32 4.0 N/A 32.00 4 FuzeDrive
Aurora Processors # of Cores # of Threads Max Turbo Frequency (Ghz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Version Cache (MB) Memory Channels Optane™ Ready
Intel® Core™ i5 8400 6 12 4.0 2.0 9 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i5 8600K 6 12 4.3 2.0 9 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7 8700 6 12 4.6 2.0 12 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7 8700K 6 12 4.7 2.0 12 2 Yes
Intel® Core™ i7 8086K 6 12 5.0 2.0 12 2 Yes

Processor Naming Suffixes

  • H - High Performance graphics
  • HK - High Performance graphics, unlocked
  • HQ -  High graphics Quad core processor
  • K - UnlocKed processor. Has 4 or more cores and powerful graphics. Can be overclocked for a significant (up to ~40%) increase in performance with a much higher TDP.
  • T - These are low-power chips, which generally translates into lower power consumption. These power savings are usually realized by reducing the CPUs’ maximum clock speed. For example, a Core i7-6700 has a TDP of 65W, a base frequency of 3.4GHz, and a Turbo frequency of 4.0GHz. A Core i7-6700T has a TDP of 35W, a base frequency of 2.8GHz, and a max clock speed of 3.6GHz.
  • U - Ultralow power. All are dual-core, low power, with standard graphics
  • X - Extreme and Unlocked. Multiple cores and internal cache
  • No suffix, normal mainstream processors
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