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There are three different families within the Intel Core family of processors: the Core i7, the Core i5 and the Core i3 processor families. There are many processors with different CPU clock rates and prices within each of those families. You could always buy a processor based on the previous architecture, in this case, Haswell or Broadwell, to make matters even more complicated.
So when you're designing your custom gaming PC, there are three major processor models to pick from: the Intel Core i7, i5 and i3. How do you pick between them? The Intel Core i7 is clearly the top-of-the-line cpu, offering the most performance and is still the most pricey. Many PC gaming newcomers would simply select the i7, but that's not always the right choice, particularly if it limits your graphics card budget.
What's the Intel Core i5 vs. Core i7 difference? You may think it's the number of cores, but Core i5 processors have four cores, much like i7s, for the most part. Generally, Intel Core i7 processors have higher base clock speeds, or they have more Ghz, in other words. There are individual processors with a four-digit model number within the i5 and the i7 families, such as the Core i7-6700 and the Core i5-6600K. A higher number means better performance, since the i5-6500 is faster than the i5-6400.Remember how we said the Core i7 is generally faster than the i5? This isn’t always true, as the Intel Core i56600K is faster than the Core i7-6700, however it has less cache.
Another important distinction between the i7 and i5 is the cache. In order to help them cope with routine operations, Core i7 processors have more cache, or onboard memory. Instead of waiting to store and recover it from the memory on the motherboard, this lets them save time by saving information in the cache. There is 8 MB of cache for the Skylake Core i7 processors, while the i5s have just 6 MB.
Intel Core i5 Skylake Hyper-Threading, which is a technology to improve multithreaded task efficiency, is the main difference between the i5 and i7. Hyper-Threading lets it seem that the cpu has twice the operating system and program cores. For multitasking, or functions such as video rendering or conversion, this is highly beneficial. Both i7 processors have Hyper-Threading, meaning eight threads can be done by four core processors. Hyper-Threading includes a few i5 and i3 processors, but they are limited to a total of 4 threads, either four real cores, or two Hyper-Threaded cores to accommodate four threads.
The final question is, do you actually need an Intel Core i7 or is it possible to do it with an i5? It depends on what the machine is going to be doing. I7s are more pricey, for one thing, and this will limit which graphics cards and other components you will purchase. If you're going to do a lot of video editing and/or uploading your gameplay on Twitch or YouTube, it could be worth the Hyper-Threading expertise of an i7.
However, for most PC gamers, an i5 is the best choice. Many games don't use Hyper-Threading hardware, so it doesn't make any sense. Also, the gaming efficiency would not bottleneck with most games and an i5. Simply put, the processor won't be the factor that holds back your frame rate with an Intel Core i5 and an Nvidia GTX 980Ti. See our article on finding bottlenecks on your gaming PC for more information. Even if you have two GTX 980s running SLI, an i5 won't bottleneck your gaming results! You should recommend an i7 processor if you are running several GTX Titan's or three 980Tis, but budget doesn't sound like a limiting factor at that point. Overall, the safest choice will be to go for an Intel Core i5 and the safest graphics card you can buy, instead of an i7 to get a less costly graphics card if you're creating a custom gaming machine.
Core Intel i3-10320
Don't screw your nose up too fast at the Central i3. For an everyday PC or low-cost gaming rig, it's a great budget choice. Without much bottlenecking, you can use a reasonably high-end graphics card, such as an Nvidia RTX 2060, with this CPU.
Intel i5-10600 K Core
Check out the Intel Core i5-10600 K if you want to be able to overclock your CPU dramatically, but don't want to spend thousands on a rig. The price is competitive and provides up to 4.5GHz of all-core boosted frequency.
Intel i7-10700 K Core
Let's get serious. The Intel Core i7-10700 K has 8 cores, a turbo boost mode of 5.1GHz and a normal clock speed of 3.8GHz. This implies that it provides a reasonable multi-tasking efficiency, while being a strong gaming choice as well.
Intel i9-10900 K Center
Look at the spec sheet, and a mighty beast seems to be the i9-10900 K, with 1o cores and 20 threads not to be fucked with.Benchmark tests testify that this is one of the most powerful consumer processors for gaming and creative tasks. It is not cheap, but promises serious power.
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