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Mwave can provide you with a performance boost with Intel’s CPU range. Intel offer CPUs from the entry level Celeron and Pentium to the more powerful i3, i5 and i7 processors. The updated Coffee Lake series provides more cores over the older Kaby Lake series. Any processor ending in ‘K’ or ‘X’ means that it has an unlocked multiplier and is overclockable for extra performance. Intel offer two lines of CPUs, their mainstream CPUs utilize socket LGA1151 and their high-end CPUs utilize socket LGA2066.


Keep in mind that Intel CPUs also require a certain chipset to ensure they work properly. Older 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPUs require Z270, H270 or B250 motherboards. Current 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs require Z370 motherboards. Current high-end Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X CPUs require X299 motherboards. Also note that Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X CPUs will require a dedicated GPU as they do not have integrated graphics.



Which Intel CPU do I need?

Intel offers CPUs from entry-level Celeron and Pentiums, mainstream i3, i5 and i7 CPUs all the way up to the high-end i7 and i9 CPUs which require a different motherboard.


Celeron and Pentium processors provide ample performance for light use such as Office, watching YouTube/Netflix and browsing the web.


The Intel Core i3 range all provide 4 cores for ample performance in light multitasking and gaming. The i3-8350K is the most powerful processor of the range and includes an unlocked multiplier for overclockability. Intel Core i5 and i7 provide 6 cores for extra performance over the i3. Additionally, the i7 has hyperthreading to improve overall performance in a range of tasks. The i7-8700K is the most powerful processor of the range and can be overclocked for even better performance. The i7-8700K provides a blend of blazing fast clocks for great gaming performance along with 12 threads for high performance in rendering and multitasking.


Intel’s high-end ‘X’ processors uses the X299 chipset which can improve connectivity, upgradability and expandability. Along with extra cores over the mainstream Intel CPUs, the i7-7820X and up provide extra PCIe lanes and better RAM upgradability. Intel i9-7980XE Extreme Edition provides the highest number of cores available in a consumer CPU - 18 - though this also comes at a high price.