By now, most of us have been asking ourselves, “what exactly are we looking for when it comes to gaming PC?”
The answer is really simple, you want an ultra-portable, ultra-quiet gaming rig that’s also ultra-powerful.
With the arrival of the Intel Core i7-5960X, Intel has made a few strides towards the latter goal.
The Core i9-7980X2, meanwhile, is an interesting choice for those who are looking for a budget gaming rig.
With a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.0GHz, the i9 has a decent base clock, but not much power to speak of.
Meanwhile, the 7980X3, the Core i5-7900X, is the best of the bunch, clocking in at 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively.
For a mid-range gaming rig, the Intel Haswell-E CPUs can deliver impressive performance.
The i7 chips are not the cheapest CPUs on the market, however, and the base and boost clock rates are pretty high.
To find out which of these gaming PC options is the right one for you, we tested every gaming rig we could find.
In this article, we’ll show you how to get the best performance from each of these CPUs, using the latest Intel Haslowest Benchmark.