Intel have finally released their newest and greatest processors to the local markets in South Africa and, based on benchmarks, this is great news for gamers who want to get more performance for less money.
So what exactly is this brand spanking line of CPU’s and what does it mean for gamers you might ask? Well, to put things into simple terms: you get more performance for your money and, even if you don’t want to get the latest setup, the new line will still cause previous generations to drop in price (which means that if you don’t HAVE to have the latest and greatest hardware then you can pick up some really nice hardware for way less than the original price). So here are the details and MSRPs (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) for Intel’s 7th generation CPUs:
Core i7 Processors and quick specs:
- Core i7-7700 (8M Cache, up to 4.2GHz) MSRP $303-312
- Core i7-7700K (8M Cache, up to 4.5GHz) MSPR $339-350
- Core i7-7700T (8M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) MSRP $303-312
Core i5 Processors and quick specs:
- Core i5-7400 (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz) MSRP $182
- Core i5-7500 (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) MSRP $192-202
- Core i5-7600 (6M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz) MSRP $213-224
- Core i5-7600K (6M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz) MSRP $242-243
Core i3 Processors and quick specs:
- Core i3-7100 (3M Cache, 3.90 GHz) MSRP $117
- Core i3-7300 (4M Cache, 4.00 GHz) MSRP $138-147
- Core i3-7350K (4M Cache, 4.20 GHz) MSRP $168-179
Of course, there are many other ranges around that are built for mobile and laptop forms however, in terms of gaming machines, we are sticking to the basic ones:
Depending on your gaming setup, there are a wide range of cheap variants available however, in the interest of respectable gaming performance, we have to recommended sticking to the i5 and i7 ranges as they offers the most bang for your buck performance wise (and most games worth their salt will require at least a little bit more oomph than an i3 can supply). Now, for price reference for South Africa we will look at the actual prices.
We chose some of the most used tech stores in the country as price references, (please note this is not sponsored in anyway):
- Wootware – R5,491.00
- Evetech – R5,399.00
- Landmark PC – R5546.00
- Wootware – R3,499.00
- Evetech – R3,499.00
- Landmark PC – R3569.00
A large part of this new generation is for people who wish to either upgrade their existing 6th generation setup, or for those who wish to update their whole setup to the latest configuration. This generation is still on the LGA 1051 socket (Generation 6) so you can simply upgrade your CPU only.
Last, but not least, we have the performance gain (which is a giant factor when upgrading or even for new users jumping on the “PC Master Race” bandwagon). There is a small performance jump but not as much as one would expect; it is basically a refreshed, version of generation six with a little bit more power. However, stock speeds out the box are extremely fast and some have even seen the 7700K easily hit 5GHz which will crunch any game you throw at it.
If you are eagerly waiting to buy your next CPU you might want to wait a little longer before making the decision as AMD Ryzen is set to take the market by storm in the coming months: “AMD has said that the desktop versions (which, confusingly, have a codename Summit Ridge), will be available in Q1 2017” noted PC Advisor.
However, if you are desperately in need of an upgrade that will last, these could be the right CPU’s for you.