TOP 7. The best INTEL CPU. April 2020 Rating! Which is better to choose?

Hello, everyone! I’m gonna talk about the best Intel processors on the market – from budget ones to the best of the best.

Intel Pentium Gold G5400

The Intel Pentium Gold G5400 is one of the most inexpensive modern Intel processors, available in both OEM and BOX versions. It is made based on a 14-nanometer process technology and has 2 physical cores and 4 threads or the so-called virtual cores – two for each physical one. Such parallelization is carried out using Hyper-Threading technology and gives a real performance boost in tasks with multi-threaded load, for example, archiving or video transcoding. The base clock speed of the Pentium Gold G5400 is 3.7 GHz. There is no automatic or manual overclocking by a multiplier, but there is an integrated graphics core. Even if its capabilities are sufficient only for the simplest tasks, the processor is made for these anyway. Most often it is used in budget home multimedia configurations or office PCs that rarely run programs heavier than a browser, Microsoft Word and Excel.

However, sometimes entry-level processors are purchased as a temporary solution for moving to an actual platform. For example, if you have a completely old computer, which you want to replace with the more up-to-date Core i5 or even the i7. Although, if you need something for modern resource-intensive games or you work with a demanding computing power software, two physical cores and four threads are not enough. As for its video playback feature, Internet surfing and other “light” usage scenarios, the G5400 is perfect for handling them thanks to its rather high clock frequency and modern architecture.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 2
• Threads: 4
• Processor Base Frequency : 3.7 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: no
• Multiplier: no
• Graphics: yes
• TDP: 58 W
• Max Memory Size: 64 Gb

Intel Core i3-9100F

Despite the fact that the quad core does not have the same performance margin as the six- and eight-core processors, the Intel Core i3-9100F with its four physical cores and a frequency from 3.6 to 4.2 GHz is quite popular among the assemblers who work with inexpensive and medium segments. Due to the lack of an integrated graphics core, this percentage is much cheaper than competing models. As it is usually purchased for game configurations that include a discrete graphics accelerator, there is no real need for an additional elements – you might need it in case when a regular video card fails.

As for the video cards – even High-End solutions like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super can be paired with the i3-9100F. Yes, in this configuration the processor will become a bottleneck in the system, and it would be better to take the six-core processor right away. It will not cause any serious frequency limitation frames in games. There is a turbo boost which automaticly increases the frequency, and I am glad that despite its presence the processor remains rather cold. You can use a boxed cooler, although this usually makes no sense. Because of the difference in price between the OEM and BOX versions, you can just purchase a more effective solution from a third-party manufacturer.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 4
• Threads: 4
• Processor Base Frequency : 3.6 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 4.2 GHz
• Multiplier: no
• Graphics: no
• TDP: 65 W
• Max Memory Size: 64 Gb

Intel Core i5-9400F

The Core i5-9400F is the most affordable of the latest generation of six-core Intel processors. It is still very popular, primarily because of the gamers who do not want to overpay for overclocking possibility, and instead they invest the maximum budget in the assembly of the video card. This is not a bad approach, it is even fine to a reasonable extent. Nevertheless, the graphics accelerator most often has the greatest influence on FPS in games. But let’s get back to the model.

Don’t let the rather modest base frequency of 2.9 GHz distract you. With the restriction on heat dissipation removed in the BIOS, the model works at 3.9 GHz with a load on all six cores, which in combination with modern architecture provides a comfortable level of performance. Yes, for demanding applications, the third-generation Ryzen models will be preferable, but as for purely gaming scenarios, Intel is still out of competition here. If you are building a gamer configuration within a limited budget, and prefer “blue” team rather than “red” team processors, the Core i5-9400F is your choice. Although I would advise you to dig up and take the overclocked model, an inexpensive super cooler and motherboard for Z390 chipset. When video cards are often upgraded every 2-3 years, it is better to choose the processor that you do not have to change for at least 5 years. The legendary Sandy Bridge i5-2500K is an excellent example of such a margin of performance.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 6
• Threads: 6
• Processor Base Frequency : 2.9 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 4.1 GHz
• Multiplier: no
• Graphics: no
• TDP: 65 W
• Max Memory Size: 128 Gb

Intel Core i5-9600K

The overclocked six-core Intel Core i5-9600K is perhaps the perfect choice for a game assembly if you cannot afford an eight-core processor without sacrificing a video card. The corporation finally listened to the fans and began to use solder again rather than thermal paste of mediocre quality under the cover of mass overclocker solutions for desktop PCs. That is why the successful models of the i5-9600K can accelerate to 5 GHz. You only need a motherboard based on the Z370 or Z390 chipset, preferably with additional radiators, a super cooler and adequate cooling organization inside the system unit. Given that the bit timing frequency in many tasks, including games, noticeably increases the performance, the described investments look quite reasonable for a gamer who in the next few years does not want to think about changing the platform. If you are planning not only to play, but also to use programs demanding on the computing power of a PC, or to stream, then I advise you to pay attention to the processors with eight cores and sixteen threads. This would be the AMD Ryzen of the third generation or the Intel Core i9-9900K, although the latter is really expensive.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 6
• Threads: 6
• Processor Base Frequency : 3.7 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 4.6 GHz
• Multiplier: yes
• Graphics: yes
• TDP: 95 W
• Max Memory Size: 128 Gb

Intel Core i7-9700

As for working with many resource-intensive programs, the Intel Core i7-9700 is significantly inferior to the  AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X. The Coffee Lake Refresh is still ahead of Zen 2 in games. It means that gamers with a serious budget should focus more on the “blue” team offers and not the “red” team ones. The base clock frequency of the processor is not impressive – it is only 3 GHz. But the maximum turbofrequency of 4.7 GHz is really impressive. Just make sure that the manufacturer of your motherboard has removed the limit for TDP. If not, remove it manually in the BIOS. With these parameters and good cooling, you can rely on about 4 and a half gigahertz for all cores, so take the OEM version of the processor and a sufficiently powerful cooler. This way the Core i7-9700 will last at least a few years. If you prefer manual overclocking, which allows you to squeeze the maximum out of processor – pay attention to the following two models.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 8
• Threads: 8
• Processor Base Frequency : 3 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 4.7 GHz
• Multiplier: no
• Graphics: yes
• TDP: 65 W
• Max Memory Size: 128 Gb

Intel Core i7-9700K

The Intel Core i7-9700K is perfect for both games and work: eight physical cores and an unlocked multiplier guarantee a solid performance margin. The integrated graphics core allows you to assemble a computer in two stages, if necessary. At first, the configuration is temporarily without a discrete graphics. There are only two drawbacks to this processore – the lack of additional threads, the so-called “virtual cores”, and the high price, and not only the processor itself. It requires a motherboard based on the Z370 or Z390 chipset, a purged body and a decent cooling system. Because of this, the Core i7-9700K can be a good fit of the assemblies of the upper echelone. As for the budget assemblies, it can be the most expensive part among other components, for example, a video card.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 8
• Threads: 8
• Processor Base Frequency : 3.6 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 4.9 GHz
• Multiplier: yes
• Graphics: yes
• TDP: 95 W
• Max Memory Size: 128 Gb

Intel Core i9-9900K

The eight-core sixteen-threaded Intel Core i9-9900KS processor is released in a limited series. It has almost disappeared from the market, which means that the Core i9-9900K took its place again. These processors do not differ as much as one would expect – “KS” is just a selective version of the usual “K”. The manufacturer promises that all its cores are gonna work at 5 GHz. But in the reality, you will need at least a top supercooler to avoid overheating, or even a liquid cooling system. The Core i9-9900K is not so extreme, but also very hot. So, if you are building a configuration based on this processor, take care of the adequate organization of its cooling and the circulation of air flows inside the system unit as a whole. As for the performance itself, it is at its best: for a top-end gaming configuration, you are unlikely to find a better option, except for the already mentioned i9-9900KS. The Intel variant is also suitable for specific tasks like professional work with video. But if you plan to only work at the computer and not to play, the 12-core 24-stream AMD Ryzen 9 3900X would be a better choice.

• Soket: LGA 1151v2
• Coffee Lake R
• Lithography: 14 nm
• Cores: 8
• Threads: 16
• Processor Base Frequency : 3.6 GHz
• Max Turbo Frequency: 5 GHz
• Multiplier: yes
• Graphics: yes
• TDP: 95 W
• Max Memory Size: 128 Gb

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