Business Insider – 4 days ago – Intel’s first gaming laptop, the X370, sells for $999 and AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X is just $549.
So what can you do with that kind of money?
Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ, which launched last month, has a 4.4GHz base clock, a boost clock of 3.8GHz, and a Turbo Boost speed of 4.2GHz.
It has a 3,200mAh battery and can be overclocked to 3,800mAh, for a price of $1.49 a pop.
AMD’s R9 290X has a boost of 4GHz and a 4GB of RAM, but it’s $1 a pop and can’t be overclized.
Intel’s latest CPUs have 4GBs of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 that can go from 3,000MHz to 1060MHz.
You could go with the R9 380X, which is a 4GHz Core i5-8300HQ with 4GB and 8GB of memory, for $549 a pop, or Intel’s $599 Core i9-7980XE, which has a Core i3-8350HQ with 8GB and 16GB of GDDR5 memory.
And if you’re a gamer, you can also upgrade to the $1200 X399-E, a Core I7-8700HQ and a Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card.
The Core i8-8850 is also a good option.
The X370 has a 5GHz base and a 6GHz boost clock, and the R90X has the same 8GB memory, so you can upgrade to 8GB for $349 a pop or the 8GB GTX 1050.
You can get some serious gaming performance out of a Core 2 Duo processor with 4 cores, but the R990 is much better.
And the X299 is also good value, with a quad-core processor for $799.
If you want the best value for your money, you should stick with the Core i6-8800 or Core i4-8400.
Intel doesn’t release any pricing details for the Core 2 and Core i2 processors, but they do say they’re “competitive” with AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, which are also $999, and that they’ll be available this holiday season.