Which CPU Is Right For You?

It is easy to get overwhelmed trying to figure out which Intel CPU does what and why one is better than the other.  To make your selection a little less daunting we have three sections for you to skim through:

  1. Text description of Intel CPU’s
  2. Simple summary of Intel consumer grade CPU’s
  3. Summary of all current Intel CPU’s

1 – Text description of Intel CPU’s


2 – Simple summary of Intel consumer grade CPU’s

In the most simple terms, here is an overview of the current Intel consumer grade CPU’s.

CPUUsageExplanationBattery Sample SKUPrice Range
Intel Celeron & PentiumBudget PC’s & LaptopsOk4-6hrsPentium Gold G5500$50-$110
Intel Core i3 SeriesMainstream Business / HomeGood5-10hrsCore i3-8300$125-$250
Intel Core i5 SeriesMainstream Business / HomeBetter5-10hrsCore i5-8500$200-$400
Intel Core i7 SeriesHigh End & GamingBest5-10hrsCore i7-8700$350-$600

3 – Summary of all current Intel CPU’s

Below is a much more detailed overview of all Intel CPU’s:

CPUUsageMain Feature Sample SKUPrice Range
Intel QuarkDevices without user controlsInternet-of-Things System-on-Chip devicesQuark SoC X1020$2-$15
Intel Atom Tablets & Low Use ComputersSuper low power consumption and tiny sizeAtom x5-Z8300$20-$60
Intel Celeron & PentiumEntry Level – Budget PC’s & LaptopsOlder rebranded tech that still works fine but slowPentium Gold G5500$50-$110
Intel Core M or UUltrabooks – Thin & LightM =mobile  U =ultrabook both =low powerCore i3-8130U$100-$200
Intel Core i3Mainstream Business / HomeStandard Chips – 4 cores Core i3-8300$125-$250
Intel Core i5Mainstream Business / HomeStandard Chips – 4 or 6 Cores – cannot overclockCore i5-8500$200-$400
Intel Core i5 KGaming – Low EndStandard Chips – 6 Cores – can overclockCore i5-9600K$300-$500
Intel Core i7Workstation / GamingHigh End Chips – 4 or 6 Cores – cannot overclockCore i7-8700$350-$600
Intel Core i7 KGaming – High EndHigh End Chips – 4 or 6 Cores – can overclockCore i7-9700K$400-$650
Intel Core i9Gaming – High endHigh End Chips – 8 Cores High – can overclockCore i9-9900K$500-$1500
Intel Core i9 XWorkstationHigh End Chips – 18 Cores High (yes 18 cpus!)Core i9-9960X$750-$3000
Intel Xeon D, W, E Standard Server / WorkstationLots of Cores on More Than 1 SocketXeon E-2146G$400-$1000
Intel Xeon ScalableHigh Performance ServerDozens of Cores on More Than 1 SocketXeon Plat 8180$500-$20000

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