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How Good is the Intel Core i7 for Gaming?

Intel Core i7 Processors have become quite the standard in high-end computing. However, one of the most important questions has become the one that focuses on gaming itself for PC. Does the Intel Core i7 Line of Processors actually pose a benefit on gaming over other Processors of the same line such as the Intel Core i5 or i3?

As discussed before, Intel Core i7 Processors are quite the confusing bunch to deal with. The very reason for this is because of the names on the Processors themselves and the talk among tech specialists about the models and Generations these Processors have to offer. Not only that but they also have a whole bunch of benefits to offer. Generation Changes usually come with updates on the structure of the processors themselves. The higher the generation is, the better the specifications in terms of voltage, speed and overall performance are shown in the product itself.

So the answer to the question should be obvious, right? An Intel Core i7 Processor will always be great for gaming. Well, the simple answer is yes, but if we have learned anything from computer builds these days is that the answer becomes more and more complex the deeper we dive into the subject.

What are the Benefits of Hyper Threading for Gaming?

Core i7 Processors have the capability of Hyper Threading, something that the i5 and i3 Processors themselves wish to have. Hyper Threading Technology is Intel’s very own method of boosting the performance of the CPU in order to improve parallelization of tasks. This basically means that when Hyper Threading is performed, the processor will try its best to allow the user to perform multiple tasks at once almost seamlessly.

To the operating system, the Hyper-threading microprocessor appears to be two separate processors. Because most of today’s operating systems (such as Windows and Linux) are capable of dividing their work load among multiple processors (this is called symmetric multiprocessing or SMP), the operating system simply acts as though the Hyper-Threading processor is a pool of two processors.

As such, it’s easy to assume that this sort of procedure benefits the speed of gaming applications. Launch times become a non-issue and the games themselves shouldn’t suffer from any lag. Well, sadly that’s because the Intel Core i7 Processors are considered overkill when it comes to gaming in recent days.

Much like how 16GB of DDR4 RAM or a high-end PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD aren’t really that impactful to gaming itself. Intel Core i7 Processors would already surpass the industry standards by a wide margin. Most games aim to be played at 1080p resolutions and only a select few aim to go beyond that with the help of Core i7 Processors.

Unless the gaming PC the user is putting their time on is actually a workstation where the user needs to do heavy multitasking procedures. It really isn’t a benefit to have an Intel Core i7 Processor running on the Motherboard. It simply won’t use the features the Core i7 Line of processors has to offer to their fullest.

Why are Intel Core i7 Processors Overkill for Gaming?

The reason for this is because tasks like Video Games are performed in a serial manner. In other words, most operations take place in an ordered fashion where one operation has to take place before another one to begin. This basically makes Hyper Threading a rather luxurious plus for gamers and, really nothing more than that.

However, people who work around Video Edition will definitely want to seek after the Core i7 Line of Processors. Especially if they want to be gaming while the system renders that video that took hours to edit.  People who depend on multitasking thanks to the high work demand or something of the sort will definitely benefit from Hyper Threading capable processors.

If you’re not convinced of this, you can take a look at the following two benchmarks. One is done with the Intel Core i7 8800k while the other uses an Intel Core i5 8600K. You will notice that there’s little to no difference in terms of performance.

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Battlefield 1 Benchmark with Intel Core Processors
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CIvilization VI Benchmark with Intel Core Processors

Notice how the Intel Core i5 Processors actually offer nearly the same amount of performance ratios as the Intel Core i7 Processors that are also equipped with Overclocking Capabilities. This is the main reason why gaming is often not seen as a strong forte for this sort of Processors. It should also be mentioned that everything can be up to interpretation when it comes to Overclocking but that’s going into more theoretical capabilities.

One could argue that the graphics card is the major carrier of the computer in terms of gaming. Graphics Cards are often the determining factor that makes the computer be capable of playing games at resolutions as high as 4K. As such, the user should always be on the lookout for Graphics Cards more than the Intel Core Processor when it comes to building a Gaming PC.

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