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What is a processor?

Find out everything you need to know about processors, including what they are, and which one is best for you with our helpful guide.

In association with Intel

A processor acts like the brain of your computer. It’s responsible for handling every task you ask your computer to do, and takes care of all the behind-the-scenes work that makes your computer run smoothly. People sometimes refer to the processor as the CPU, which stands for Central Processing Unit.

Get the lowdown on processors

A computer’s processor is all about speed and how quickly it can run your programs. A core is essentially a special unit that sits inside your processor and the amount of ‘cores’ inside is a great guide on how fast your computer will work. As a simple rule of thumb, the more cores your processor has, the more things you’ll be able to do simultaneously. Find out more about these clever cores below.

When you’re looking for your perfect computing companion, look for Intel®, who have some of the most powerful processors on the market.

Cut to the core!

If your computer’s processor has multiple cores, they can share the workload of opening and running your programs. The processor cores will simply split your computer’s list of actions down between them, so that they can operate your programs faster and smoother.

So you’ll be able to do things like this:

• Play music whilst editing your holiday snaps
• Download a movie whilst video chatting your friends abroad
• Have multiple internet browser tabs open at the same time whilst finishing that report

Intel®’s Core™ i9 processor has an incredible 8 cores, which gives you the ultimate in performance to play hi-octane games or edit 4k videos.

Intel® processors

Intel® are the processor heavyweights of the computing world. Their products are designed to keep up with your lifestyle, so you can multitask without even knowing it.

Here’s a quick breakdown of Intel®’s best processors and all of the exciting things they can do for you.

Core™ i9

If you want to get the full Intel experience, then look no further than the Core™ i9 processor. It’s the fastest and most powerful processor in Intel®’s line up and will give your computer a massive boost in performance. Whether you’re firing up the latest gaming titles or you need a computing beast to handle your video editing, then the Core™ i9 processor is the one for you.

Core™ M, i3, i5, i7

If you’re looking to future proof your computer you can’t go wrong with these processors. They give you the ultimate Intel experience, they’re quick, powerful and they let you open and run lots of different programs together. To make sure your processor can keep up with any digital advancements over the next few years, we recommend choosing either an i5 or i7 processor.

Pentium® & Celeron®

Both of these processor types offer quick web browsing speeds and smooth operation when using apps. They’re also great for people who like to dabble in casual gaming here and there.

Atom®

Intel® Atom® processors are a great choice for tablets, laptops and 2-in-1s. Not only do they offer fast loading speeds, they can also help prolong your battery life, making them a great choice for people looking for something that’s more portable. They are Intel®’s entry level offering though, so they’re not as powerful as their Core range.

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