What are the best Intel Core i7 processors for gaming?

Intel is king when it comes to processors and it has an edge over AMD when it comes to gaming performance as well. Their high-end Core i7 is great not just for gaming but also for productivity tasks. Here are some of the best i7 processors to choose from.

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    #1Intel Core i7-7820X Processor

    Intel Core i7-7820X Processor

    The Intel Core i7-7820X Processor Extreme Edition features 8 cores, and 16 threads, Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and support for Intel Optane memory. A great high-end CPU and is one of the best i7 processors for gaming.


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    Irene Macías
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "This is the best processor. Intel Core i7-7820X Processor has many attractive features. it is very healpful"
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    #2Intel i7-8700

    Intel i7-8700

    The Intel Core i7-8700 Processor is one of the most powerful and best i7 processors for gaming. It is only compatible with motherboards based on the Intel 300 series and features 6 cores and 12 threads and speeds up to 4.60Ghz.


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    Roger Meyer
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "This is the top of the line core out right now. there is nothing faster than the i7 on the market. It is a little on the pricey side but for what you are using for i am sure this is just a fraction of the cost of what it would be to buy it in the PC at a store or online. This thing is a beast of a CPU. "
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    #3Intel Core i7 6700K

    Intel Core i7 6700K

    The Intel i7-6700k is a powerful processor that lets your computer go faster and be more productive. Among other things, this small chip allows you to have a display resolution up to 4096x2304.


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    Billy Ross
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "core i7 will allow you to play pretty much any game at full speed with no problems. I have not played a game that has given me any problems using it."


The "Intel" name, makers of microprocessors was to have been Moore Noyce? It's derived from Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, the founders of the company. The name was already trademarked by a hotel chain. They to come up with a new one, Intel, short for Integrated Electronics. That too had its fair share of complications. Intelco had rights to the name and they had to buy it first. In 1971, the Intel 4004 released and was the first-ever microprocessor in the world. The "Pentium" was Intel's first x86 processor that did not follow the 80x86 number system. The company switched to a new architecture before long. A new naming scheme went along with it. The "Core" series of microprocessors was then born.

This all led to the release of their first Core i7 processor based on the Nehalem architecture. As years went on, processors with more features and higher core counts came. There were also Atom-based ones serving as low-power budget options in their line-up. Architectures changed but the "Core i-" naming convention remained throughout the years. With the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7, Intel was able to offer more options to consumers. If you had the budget for it, you would turn to the Intel Core i7 for gaming and productivity. That doesn't mean it's the only choice though. Intel processors cater to various power usage requirements as well as price points. 

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    #4Intel i7-4790K

    Intel i7-4790K

    The Intel i7-4790k is a high-end 22nm Haswell 4.1 GHz quad-core CPU. It's compatible with the z97 boards. It fits with the LGA 1150 socket for motherboards that feature it. It is a good gaming CPU that can be had for cheaper now.


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    Eduardo Rosas
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "The i7-4790k is a great gaming processor. It's not the most powerful i7 available, but it does get the job done. Because it's not the latest chip, nor the most powerful, it is quite affordable and will enable gamers to enjoy a great experience with their games."
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    #5Intel i7-5820K

    Intel i7-5820K

    The Intel i7-5820K is a high-end 22nm Haswell-E based CPU featuring 6 cores and 12 threads and Hyper-Threading Technology. It has a base core clock of 3.3 GHz and up to 3.6 GHz in Turbo Boost and has a TDP of 140W.


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    Janet Oliver
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "Do not let the price of this fool you, it is well worth the purchase! With bitcoining out of control you will need this upgrade to keep you running quickly and efficiently. This upgrade on my home computer realy made a great difference in my cryptocurrency mining. So glad I did it! It even made the virtual reality on my computer run very smoothly. Truly a great purchase that offers so much within its package."
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    #6Intel i7-6700K

    Intel i7-6700K

    The Intel i7-6700k is one of the best i7 processors for gaming and productivity featuring 4 cores at 4.0 GHz base clock speed and up to 4.20 GHz at boost. It's compatible with LGA 1151 motherboards with a TDP of 91W.


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    Jane Carlson
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "If you game a lot like me, this processor is well worth it. My only problem is that it was out of stock when I ordered it, and I had to wait awhile for delivery."
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    #7Intel Core i7-9700K

    Intel Core i7-9700K

    The Intel Core i7-9700K is a processor with 8 cores and 8 threads with a base clock of 3.60 GHz and a maximum boost clock of up to 4.90 GHz. Intel UHD Graphics 630 built-in as well as support for Intel Optane Memory.


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    Micky Yu
    Written on July 25, 2019
    "It's still an expensive purchase but it is one of the best i7 processors for gaming that you can try out and is a nice alternative to the i9 series. It doesn't include a cooler and there is no hyper-threading but performance is fantastic across the board for both gaming and productivity tasks."
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    #8Intel Core i7-6950X

    Intel Core i7-6950X

    The Intel Core i7-6950X is an Extreme Edition processor from Intel that features 10 cores and 20 threads. It has a base clock of 3.0 GHz and can boost up to 3.50 GHz. It's compatible with LGA 2011 motherboards and has a TDP of 140W.


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    Walter Richardson
    Written on July 25, 2019
    "This extreme edition processor is quite expensive but it does offer some nice features to warrant its steep price tag. For one, it one of few if not, only Core i7 processor that has a 10-core/20-thread combination. It's not going to bring a huge frame rate increase to your gaming but it does make it an adaptable CPU for productivity and core-dependent tasks are well."


Best What are the best Intel Core i7 processors for gaming
1Intel Core i7-7820X ProcessorElectronics 10 Paid
2Intel i7-8700Electronics 7 Paid
3Intel Core i7 6700KElectronics 6 Paid
4Intel i7-4790KElectronics 3 Paid
5Intel i7-5820KElectronics 3 Paid
6Intel i7-6700KElectronics 1 Paid
7Intel Core i7-9700KElectronics 0 Paid
8Intel Core i7-6950XElectronics 0 Paid

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