Desktop PCs Built for Real Life

Desktop Computers: Performance and Flexibility for the Future

Desktops powered by the latest Intel® processors provide the performance you need to stay productive, connected, and entertained.

Desktop computers today are built for the way you use them—whether you’re juggling applications at work, creating a blockbuster video, playing a AAA game, or streaming your favorite show.

Desktop PCs are fixed computers that offer reliability, strong performance, unmatched flexibility, and smart design features. Desktops typically offer good value, whether you’re buying for business, gaming, creating, home, or school. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose designs ranging from small mini PCs to sleek all-in-ones to ultraperformance workstations.


  • Enjoy greater speed, power, graphics1 2 3, and system acceleration with Intel® Optane™ memory
  • Configure to meet diverse needs
  • Manage most applications and workloads

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  • Complete desktop system
  • Sleek, space-saving, easy to use designs
  • Interactive touch screen

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Media and Gaming Towers

  • Get elite performance up to 5.3 GHz with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB)4
  • Game, stream, and record without compromise
  • Leverage advanced technology like Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, overclocking5, and Intel® Optane™ memory

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Mini PCs

  • Get desktop performance in a small form factor
  • Manage a variety of tasks from digital signage to home automation
  • Lower power consumption than full-size desktop tower

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Choosing Features for Desktop Computers

As you search for a desktop that fits your purpose, keep in mind how the following technical components will impact your experience.

  • Processor
    The processor or central processing unit (CPU) gives a desktop its brainpower. The processor’s core receives instructions and makes calculations, ensuring necessary tasks get done. Intel® Core™ processors for desktops are designed to quickly manage high-intensity tasks such as gaming, film editing, and animation. For even more efficient use of processor resources, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) lets multiple threads run on each core, so you can multitask with confidence.

    Desktops with the latest-Generation Intel® Core™ processors can manage even your most stringent performance requirements. Intelligent PCs with AI capabilities support impressive applications, from automating photo and video editing workflows to improving visual quality of streamed media and videoconferences to enabling neural noise cancellation for better videoconferencing.
  • Memory
    Random access memory (RAM) is where a desktop keeps data for almost-instant CPU access in the short term. More RAM lets you run more programs at once, with a faster response. Although many desktops come with 8 GB RAM, you can choose a 16 GB system or add RAM for additional performance with high-intensity computing workloads. The new Intel® Optane™ memory can also accelerate the computing experience on select PCs with Intel® Core™ processors.
  • Storage and hard drives
    Storing operating systems, software applications, and saved data depends on long-term storage with internal or external drives. You can choose either a hard disk drive (HDD), which uses slower, less-reliable mechanical parts, or a solid-state drive (SSD), which is smaller, faster, and more costly. SSDs can write and access data much quicker, requiring far less time for bootup and restart.
    Although a 1 TB HDD can handle limited data storage, you may want a high-capacity drive up to 10 TB if you save lots of applications, games, videos, movies, and other large files. Intel® Solid State Drives, which include Intel® Optane™ SSDs, provide high performance for storage with extreme stability and power efficiency.
  • Graphics and display
    Your desktop’s graphics card creates the images displayed on your monitor. Integrated graphics have advanced to the point that they’re capable of powering many consumer applications and games. For high-end visual applications, designers, video editors, engineers, and architects may need a discrete graphics card to get the performance they need. Workstations, in particular, need top-performing graphics cards to carry out intense calculations and display complex images.
  • Connectivity
    Desktops usually provide flexible options to connect to the internet. Ethernet remains the highest-performing option, but you are limited to areas offering a wired connection. The latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6 enabled PCs give you fast access to Wi-Fi networks everywhere, with enhanced security and reliability. To connect to devices such as your keyboard, mouse, and headset, options include USB-C, HDMI, and Thunderbolt™ 3 ports.
  • Operating system
    Microsoft Windows* 10, running on a desktop with the latest Intel® Core™ processor, gives you the power and performance to be more productive, creative, and entertained. Operating systems typically offer built-in protections and automatic updates to make your desktop more secure. Software developers often use Intel® technology to build programs, so some applications may be optimized for Intel® processor-based machines.
  • Value
    High-performing, configurable, durable desktops are the workhorses of computing. Desktops based on Intel® processors are built for the way you use your computer in the real world. If you don’t need to move your computer around, desktops offer tremendous value with exceptional durability, easy upgrades, and strong performance.

Desktop Computer Performance That Means Business

Business desktops are designed to give employees the tools they need to do their jobs in the most efficient and rewarding way possible. Finding the right desktop for business starts by evaluating workers’ needs and choosing the optimal technical components and device types for their roles. Business desktops built on the Intel vPro® platform help boost employee productivity and simplify management.

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Get More Out of Your Game

To get more out of your gaming, you need a gaming desktop with serious performance—like PCs powered by the latest Intel® Core™ processors. Experience immersive gaming on a system packed with advanced features and compatible with the latest standards and components. Some processors offer Intel® Turbo Boost Technology to accelerate compute and graphics for peak loads, as well as the hyperintelligent Intel® Performance Maximizer (Intel® PM) tool for automated processor overclocking and even more speed.

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Bring Ideas to Life with Desktop PCs

Desktop computers for video editing, 3D animation, music and audio production, and high-intensity creative activities need performance that never misses a great idea. PCs based on the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processors are designed for demanding workloads and fast rendering, so creators spend less time idle. With their exceptional configurability, desktops also give you the flexibility to expand computer capabilities with all the tools and peripherals you want.

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Desktop Computers for Work and Play at Home

In your home, you want a desktop that lets you finish important tasks faster, so you can get to the fun sooner. Intel® Core™ processor-based home desktops let you handle everyday tasks easily, then immerse yourself in a favorite show, a thrilling game, or a new project. You won’t have to think twice about your desktop’s ability to keep up. Use our interactive recommendation tool to find a desktop capable of powering all your home computing needs.

Power Up Education at School and Home

Students need desktops for many educational tasks: to stream online classes, research homework assignments, prepare presentations and papers, create spreadsheets to analyze data, and collaborate with other students. Intel® processor-based desktops provide fast, agile performance to power education wherever it occurs, helping students maintain focus on learning and outcomes.

Notices and Disclaimers6

Product and Performance Information


Benchmark results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at


HDXPRT* 2014, or the High Definition Experience & Performance Ratings Test, is a benchmark from Principled Technologies that measures Windows* media editing performance. HDXPRT has three usage case categories: Edit Photos, Convert Videos, and Edit Music. It uses mainstream media applications to test the performance of the system. Reported metrics: Overall score, edit photos, convert video, and edit music subscores. Scaling efficiencies: QSV enabled. OS support: Desktop Windows.

System configurations: Intel® Core™ i5-7600 processor, PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 4.1GHz, Motherboard: ASUS* Z270, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Seagate HDD, OS: Windows® 10 Build 1607.

Intel® Core™ i5-2500 processor, PL1=95W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.7GHz, Motherboard: H67, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: Seagate HDD*, OS: Windows* 7.

Intel is a sponsor and member of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, and was the major developer of the XPRT family of benchmarks. Principled Technologies is the publisher of the XPRT family of benchmarks. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases.


Intel® technologies' features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software, or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at

Intel is a sponsor and member of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, and was the major developer of the XPRT family of benchmarks. Principled Technologies is the publisher of the XPRT family of benchmarks. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases.


Includes the effect of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB), a feature that opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency above single-core and multi-core Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequencies based on how much the processor is operating below its maximum temperature and whether turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload, capabilities of the processor and the processor cooling solution.


Altering clock frequency or voltage may void any product warranties and reduce stability, security, performance, and life of the processor and other components. Check with system and component manufacturers for details.


Intel® technologies may require enabled hardware, software, or service activation. No product or component can be absolutely secure. Your costs and results may vary.