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A Generational Upgrade

Comparing the current lineup of hardware offerings in PC gaming right now can be confusing…

If you have used any gaming system built in the last couple of years, it is safe to say that the performance on offer will be impressive. Modern PC hardware at every price point offers impressive value for money. From lower price point systems featuring entry level hardware up to extreme class systems designed for ultimate gaming performance, there is a consistent performance output at every budget.

With AMD and Intel both offering a plethora of system configurations and options, the decision on what hardware to select can become quite daunting. It becomes even more difficult to advise new PC Gamers on what hardware to select when the offerings available are split over multiple generations.

In January 2023 there are currently four different processor generations from Intel and three different processor generations from AMD that are active and available. This means that every price point has something available for everyone, but as a customer it can be difficult to decide what product suits your needs the best.

At Stormforce Gaming we are slowly moving away from some of the older products as they begin to be phased out. We believe that it is really important to offer a good selection but older hardware becomes less desirable over time.

Our recent range refreshes have seen the introduction of Intel 13th Generation processors as well as the AMD Ryzen 7000 processors. These new platforms bring cutting edge computing performance to our range, but the fact is that they cost more money than the older products.

Latest Platforms

Intel 13th Generation processors work with all of the latest LGA1700 motherboards featuring the H610, B660, Z690, B760 and Z790 chipsets. This means that the latest intel products have access to a flexible platform that can use the latest hardware as well as older standards of memory and storage. Every current Intel chipset motherboard in the Stormforce Gaming range features strong connectivity.

AMD Ryzen 7000 is a little more specialist but does offer bleeding edge technology. The new AM5 socket from AMD is found on some of the most advanced motherboards on the market today. With a host of ultra performance X670, X670E, B650E and B650 motherboards featuring support for Ryzen 7000 processors, there is a plethora of options for power users, gamers and content creators looking for a multitasking powerhouse.

Last Generation

Intel 12th Generation and AMD AM4 processors are all still really good choices. The hardware in the market right now that is a year or two old is still really good value for money and will run any modern game or application. Products like the Intel i5 12400F still represent amazing value for money in gaming performance for the average gamer who wants a good value system to play a wide variety of games. Meanwhile any of the AMD 5000 series processors are still a fantastic choice for gamers and content creators who want strong multicore performance at a reasonable price point. System featuring the Ryzen 9 5950X are great options for power users who want the best of gaming and workflow performance without breaking the bank. Meanwhile, the more affordable 5600X Ryzen 5 is still a gaming powerhouse that covers all bases without the extra cost of DDR5 memory and other brand new components being mandatory inclusions in the build.

The high performance options from the latest hardware generations can take advantage of DDR5 memory, as well as high performance NVME storage solutions. Typically these bleeding edge products are higher cost which raises the value of the system significantly. They do add performance but where this is most noticeable is usually in intensive computing tasks like rendering, video editing and other professional application workflows. If you have specific applications that you use for work or creative purposes then it may be worth looking at these options a little closer to maximise your all round computing experience.

The typical gamer may not notice a tangible performance benefit by going for the latest and greatest but there is still a strong argument to go for the best you can afford. In many cases, a high performance graphics card will usually produce much higher results when paired with a high performance CPU. Getting the balance correct is really important.

All Stormforce Gaming pre configured systems are designed in a way that strikes a balance between price, performance and minimising potential bottlenecks in the capabilities of the system.

Stormforce Gaming Custom Systems have a sensible core configuration designed around the results of our extensive testing. Even when selecting your own storage, RAM, CPU and cooling choices, there is no way to get a ‘bad configuration’. We only pair products together that we have qualified ourselves as being a good compliment for each other.

 

What does the performance difference look like?

Our expert technical team have put together some CPU testing and game benchmarks to showcase how the leap from last generation to current generation hardware will look like for application performance, gaming and your wallet!

Rendering comparisons between the top two flagship products from AMD and Intel below show a significant difference between the two generations of processors in a rendering task.
We use Cinebench R23 to do a quick comparison that outlines the difference you are likely to see in computational performance for single threaded and multi threaded workloads.

Cinebench is an industry standard benchmark application that shows a score based on the performance of a processor when rendering a scene using a single CPU core or all of them together.

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 49%
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 33% 

 

Uplift Between Generations
AMD 5000 vs 7000 series – 25.7% 
Intel 13th gen vs 12th gen – 14.5% 

You can see that there is a mild increase in performance between generations for both AMD and Intel processors on single core renders. However, we are testing high performance i7 and Ryzen 9 processors here so the real test is the multi core scores. The uplift between generations for the i7 models from Intel show a nice boost of 33% and the AMD Ryzen 9 comparison shows a staggering 49% increase.

These numbers really showcase that going up to the latest generation of hardware offers real benefits if you need them.

Gaming comparisons are where uplifts like this are a little more difficult to pinpoint. Information about average framerates are more relevant to gamers who only care about performance info.

For our gaming comparisons we tested two processors using the exact same platform for all tests. We avoided using AMD as their new platform uses a different motherboard and memory type.

We did three benchmark runs on each configuration and took the average framerate on each run, then took an average of all three runs to get our results.

Using the same platform across all of our games tests gives us a nice baseline that only shows the difference between processor performance and how this helps to boost the graphics card too.

We also used a 360mm Corsair Capellix H150 liquid cooler to remove any chance that the processors could throttle down performance due to thermal limitations of the cooler.

Intel Core i7-12700K – 8 performance cores, 4 efficient cores, 20 total threads, 5.0GHz Max Boost Frequency
Intel Core i7-13700K – 8 performance cores, 8 efficient cores, 24 total threads, 5.4GHz Max Boost Frequency

360mm Corsair H150 AIO
16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance RAM 3200 MHz
750W PSU
ASUS TUF 3080 Ti
WD SN770 500GB NVMe
Win 11 22H2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a classic PC gaming title for benchmarking a wide range of hardware. at 1080p we are not testing the capabilities of the video card and are instead focussing on the differences between CPU generation. The 12th Generation i7 CPU throws up a score of 168FPS compared to the 200FPS produced by the 13700K. This shows a 19% performance uplift which is significant. On an older title like this, the difference will be much wider at a lower resolution. Typically the video card in this test should be used at much higher resolutions than 1080p where the performance delta would reduce. By testing this way, it helps identify bottlenecks in the system configuration and show how things perform in more CPU limited situations.

 

Moving onto the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy. The increase from 117FPS on the i7 12700K up to 147FPS on the 13700K shows just under 26% improvement in framerate performance by going with the faster CPU. This game is quite demanding at higher resolutions and from our testing, does like processors with lots of cores and fast frequencies.

 

Cyberpunk 2077 is this generations ‘system killer’ title that needs high power hardware to even begin approaching high framerates. The two CPUs both performed admirably on our Cyberpunk testing with a respectable 80.54FPS coming from the i7 12700K and 95.87FPS generated by the 13700K. An uplift of 19% improvement on the newer chip.

In summary, if you are looking to buy a new computer, the best option you have available to you is the latest hardware. The latest generation of Intel and AMD processors will provide you with staggering performance at every price point and give you plenty of power for the latest games and applications. With every latest gen CPU offering major multicore performance improvements at every pricepoint over their older predecessors, you will be making a solid decision by going for the current gear.

With that being said, those bar charts above this paragraph show big gaps. The reality is that whilst there is a performance difference in games, the lower result still shows perfectly fine gaming performance. The older CPU generations are still no slouch in multitasking and ultimately are providing you with another option at a lower price point.

You cannot go wrong with any of the current range of modern processors or hardware platforms on the market right now. You can certainly save some money in areas that don’t matter to you, but the tradeoff for going for older product models does mean that you can usually take advantage of a lower price point for similar performance.

If you are considering a new Stormforce Gaming system and would like to discuss your needs, our webchat, phonelines and contact forms will get you through to one of our expert team who can advise you on the best platform to power your passion.

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Stormforce Gaming – 2022 Wrapped

2022 has been a rollercoaster in the world of PC Gaming. From incredible game launches to ground breaking hardware releases and frustrating delays, this year has had it all.

After the past few years of hardware shortages, it has become a lot easier to get your hands on a reasonably priced system to game on. The Stormforce range has continued to grow and provide huge improvements to the performance on offer from our Gaming and Professional systems. We have a wider range of case and component options and a new Watercooled system range too.

In addition to this we have continued improving our strict component testing to make sure every component in a Stormforce Gaming system is reliable and wont let you down!

2022 has seen the performance bar raised in many ways. We have brand new CPU offerings from AMD and Intel which bring new chipsets and system capabilities as well as a host of new video card releases towards the end of the year.

All of this cutting edge new technology would be wasted without a raft of new and exciting PC games to play, we have narrowed a list down of our highlights from this year to include our favourite gaming and hardware launches. If you missed any of the launches or titles listed below, go and check them out as you might find your next favourite game or hardware upgrade here!

January 2022

NVIDIA launched the RTX 3050 & RTX 3090Ti, the last launches of the RTX 30 series bring new models to the flagship and entry level categories.

Loads of games got official RTX ray tracing support

Rainbow Six Extraction surpasses 3 million players in one week making the tactical shooter one of the most played titles in the series since Siege released.

PUBG went Free to Play the favourite battle royale title goes F2P giving everybody a chance to get eliminated 30 seconds after landing!

 

February 2022

Dying Light 2 launches and gains over 200k concurrent players on Steam. The zombie RPG remains one of the most tense first person gaming experiences.

SIFU a beat ’em up with a difference comes to PC. Showcasing cool martial arts combat paired with a brilliant storyline and engaging environments.

Total War: Warhammer III releases on all PC platforms including Game Pass, going on to be one of the best strategy games of the year.

Valve release the Steam DeckGabeN hand delivers the first units to the public.

Elden Ring launches breaking Steam user records and becoming one of the most popular games of the year overnight.

March 2022

Tunic is released, an action adventure RPG with a surprising level of depth and unique aesthetic – Play now on Game Pass for PC

Fortnite Battle Royale introduces no-build mode. Originally a temporary change that removes one of the games core mechanics, but it stuck around…

Microsoft Flight Simulator receives a major update that add extreme detail to European points of interest. The update shows the Simulator continuing to grow in content and visual fidelity 

Ghostwire: Tokyo comes to Playstation 5 and PC offering a unique single player experience. Initially not a sales success but reviews show this game is really worth checking out.

April 2022

Corsair released a host of new Hydro X custom cooling products and development started on the new range of Custom Watercooling system at Stormforce Gaming 

Insomnia 68 took place marking the return of the UK’s largest LAN party after the pandemic put a stop to large gaming events taking place.

Overwatch 2 gets a beta launch and sets new twitch records going on to be one of the most successful Free to Play game launches of the year.

 

May 2022

Western Digital release the WD_BLACK SN850X SSD. A cutting edge PCIe 4 NVMe SSD, offering speeds of up to 7300 MB/s. Stormforce Gaming offer this new drive in our configurator range. 

Bethesda delayed their upcoming major releaseStarfield until 2023 due to concerns about the quality of the finished product. Every PC Gamer became very sad about the news.

Computex 2022 takes place with a raft of new hardware announcements from AMD, Corsair and ASUS

 

June 2022

Fall Guys becomes free to play – cross platform mayhem ensues. Give Fall guys a try if you haven’t already. This game is a riot with friends together on a Discord server.

SQUAD gets its 3.0 update adding water based assault scenarios to the already deep tactical FPS title. Squad remains one of the best military simulators on PC today.

Neon White is easily one of the most unique games on the list this year. A single player speed running FPS title that has the addictive ‘just one more try’ feeling that many modern games lack.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches on all major platforms selling 1m copies in its first month of arcade beat ’em up action.

July 2022

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets FSR and DLSS support allowing the demanding simulation to access AI upscaling technology and improve performance and visual presentation on all hardware.

Multiversus launches in open beta with gamers flocking to the Smash Bros style fighting game making it one of the most played games on Steam in July.

Stray releases to critical acclaim with outstanding review scores. Turns out that everyone likes being a cat!

Stormforce Gaming release a new range of systems in Cougar Gaming cases. These new cases offer sleek aesthetics as well as fantastic cooling performance in an affordable package.

 

August 2022

Rollerdrome releases on PC, mixing arcade shooting and skating in a weird mashup that proves to be one of the most addictive game releases of the year.

Two Point Campus hits PC – a cool sequel to the brilliant Two Point Hospital. Management & strategy sim fans will be right at home here.

September 2022

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered comes to PC with next gen graphics support running extremely well on a wide variety of hardware configurations.

Metal: Hellsinger hits Game Pass for PC. One of the most innovative takes on FPS shooters recently. Metal:Hellsinger gets you to sync your shooting and destruction with the soundtrack to boost your score and your abilities. Not only that but the game looks superb on PC!

Cyberpunk :2077 Edgerunners update goes live adding a huge amount of extra content to the game. CD Project RED give you a massive list of reasons to revisit Night City that coincides with a brilliant Netflix animated series based on the game. The refresh to the game sees it back on top of the charts.

BONELAB the new VR playground from the excellent development studio ‘Stress Level Zero’ puts VR users into an exciting sandbox to mess around in. Following on from their excellent 2019 release: Boneworks. This is one to try if you have a VR headset

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series & X670 Motherboards are released to critical acclaim. Featuring the first new socket from AMD in many years, the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs offer efficiency, huge thread counts and high instruction per clock performance that is hard to match for power users, professionals and multi tasking gamers. Content creators will love the power that this new AMD platform can bring to them.

Session: Skate Sim brings the realism of skateboarding to PC as it leaves early access. Developed by a small team of passionate skateboarders, this title is sure to be as rewarding as it is frustrating. Unique controls and a constant stream of updates keep this smaller title interesting and worth watching.

October 2022

Stormforce Gaming officially partner with Corsair as an iCUE Certified System Builder. After years of successfully delivering systems featuring the excellent products from Corsair, the new premium system range from Stormforce focusses on the excellent Corsair iCUE lighting and system control technology.

EA finally killed Origin. The game launcher has now been replaced with ‘EA app’, but you can buy EA games on other game launchers now.

Overwatch 2 officially launches coming out of beta and replacing Overwatch 1 completely.

DDR5 Memory drops in price allowing DDR5 based platforms to become much more affordable. The price performance sweet spot of DDR5 memory increases to 5200MHz as the cost to produce the new DIMMs reduces.

Intel 13th Gen & Z790 Motherboards are released to the public. Intel jump ahead with a feature rich flagship CPU and chipset architecture. With massive bandwidth on offer for power users and huge frequency per core available for gamers, Intel 13th generation processors are the refinement that everyone was hoping for.

NVIDIA release the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. Their new flagship card featuring Ada Lovelace architecture. The 4090 brings with it a huge boost to performance that remains peerless in the market at the end of 2022. RTX 4090 gamers can leverage the power of this flagship card which offers staggering performance uplift compared to last generation ampere technology.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 releases officially on Battle.net and Steam. following on from the success of MW2019, this year’s Call of Duty game is another thrill ride of single player and multiplayer mayhem. Developed by Infinity Ward, these games always deliver amazing experiences.

November 2022

Warzone 2 was released showcasing the biggest change to the Call of Duty battle royale formula in a long time. The new format is a hit with players who have been crying out for a weapon reset since ‘Cold War’ integration disrupted the meta of Warzone 1.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 comes to market bringing another potent video card release from NVIDIA. With many of the higher end 30 series cards becoming unavailable, the launch of the RTX 4080 fills a high end niche for gamers who want 4k gaming performance and support for the latest features.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide finally releases on PC after months of delays. Bringing players the classic brand of co-op action that developer Fatshark is known for, Darktide is a showcase of incredible graphics showcasing a variety of environments in the 40k universe as well as a host of frightening enemy hordes to wade through. Darktide has quickly become one of the best gaming experiences of the year and is a joy to play with friends. Check it out on Steam and Game Pass for PC now.

Stormforce partners with Newpay to offer flexible credit on gaming systems in the run up to Christmas 2022. Newpay will be the approved credit provider for Stormforce Gaming moving into the new year!

Hot on the heels of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – Spider-Man Miles Morales comes to PC bringing with it support for DLSS, ultrawide support and all the other goodness that the PC platform can offer.

December 2022

Portal is one of the greatest PC games of all time. Considered by many as a masterpiece on our platform. Portal RTX is a modern version of the original with up to date graphical enhancements that really showcase how far PC visuals have come. Portal RTX is free for owners of the original game and the original is frequently included in the Steam holiday sales if you don’t already own it.

Callisto Protocol comes to PC bringing the ‘Dead Space’ vibes back to PC in this gripping sci-fi survival horror game. The game has launched to mixed reviews but the story is solid, the graphics are immersive and the tension remains high throughout. Well worth a play through if you are a fan of the genre.

AMD Radeon 7900XT & 7900XTX release bringing AMD RDNA3 architecture to the public. Using the advanced chiplet technology to efficiently deliver incredible 4k performance, the new Radeon 7000 series GPUs from AMD run every game we have tested really well and present superb value for money on a high end card. We have been using the ASUS TUF cards in house and they are one of the most impressive Radeon card releases we have evaluated in a long time. Cool operation, silent fans and a rugged aesthetic make them the perfect combo for your system.

Stormforce Gaming officially release Hydro X Watercooled systems as part of our system range. Taking years of product expertise and working closely with our partners Corsair our latest range addition showcases the best of the best in Gaming PC cooling and performance. Contact us directly for a custom quote or use our configurator to include a watercooling system as your cooling option.

High on Life headlines the December update for PC Game Pass. This quirky comedy shooter from the minds of the creator of Rick and Morty has solid game mechanics and interesting visuals. Perhaps one of the most unique looking game releases of the year, this single player adventure is a refreshing departure from the usually super serious shooter games you see on PC.

 

 

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13th Gen Intel® Core™ Prebuilt & Custom Gaming PCs

Dominate The Competition

Stream, create, and compete at the highest levels with industry-leading features and the latest hybrid architecture with a Stormforce Gaming PC that features a 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor. Intel’s 13th Gen line-up, begins with i5, through to i7 and i9 that gives customers multiple options at every price point.

Intel’s latest version of their performance hybrid architecture will enhance your gameplay beyond performance, giving you the power to do it all. This advanced processor architecture delivers two different core types that allows your processor to intelligently optimise itself to match the intensity of any workload that can elevate your gaming, productivity, and content creation.

Efficiency Cores (E-Cores) are optimised to handle less intense workloads that allows them to consume less overall power. Whereas Performance Cores (P-Cores) are optimised to handle more intensive workloads and can deliver hyper threaded performance when gaming or carrying out intense workloads.

Which Intel Processor Is Best For You?

Intel® Core™ i5 Processors - Performance Gaming

Intel has been significantly increasing the performance of their entry level gaming processors over the last few generations. Intel® Core™ i5 processors now offer 20 threads that are paired with 14 cores that can boost up to 5.1GHz. The i5 line can deliver a solid level of performance when paired with a mid-level graphics card like the RTX 3060 or 3060Ti that together create a more affordable and powerful gaming PC. The i5 line can deliver high frame rates and higher resolutions on less demanding games, which makes this line the ideal platform for playing Esports titles like Fortnite, Warzone and more demanding titles.

Intel® Core™ i7 Processors – Game Stream & Record Without Interruption

The Intel® Core™ i7 line is designed for hardcore gamers who want to achieve high performance when playing the most demanding and latest games. Intel® Core™ i7 processors offer 24 threads, paired with 16 cores that can turbo up to an impressive 5.4GHz. Stormforce Gaming PCs that are powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 processor can take on 2023’s most demanding games like Starfield and Redfall when paired with the correct graphics card. This CPU is ideal for any customer who want to play the most CPU intensive games, stream their high-quality gameplay or carry out intensive multi-threaded tasks like video editing and creating digital content

Intel® Core™ i9 Processors – Peak Performance for Elite Gaming

Intel 13th Generation i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting a massive 32 threads, paired with 24 cores. This premium member of the Intel® Core™ 13th Gen family is best suited for users who need a system for productivity as well as gaming. At Stormforce we pair Intel’s flagship i9 processors with a high-powered premium graphics card to help reduce CPU bottlenecking and ensuring maximum performance. Stormforce Gaming PCs that are powered by Intel’s i9 processors can deliver premium performance when playing the latest games or carrying out CPU intensive tasks like streaming, rendering video or creating rich digital content.

Custom Gaming PCs – Powered By Intel 13th Gen

Design your ultimate 13th Gen Intel® Core™ powered gaming PC with the Stormforce Extreme Configurator. Game and multitask without compromise with a gaming PC that is armed for the next generation of gaming. Whether you want a gaming PC that offers high FPS and maximum performance or a PC that can do it all, this selection of Intel 13th Gen processors offers limitless options for gamers, streamers, content creators, and power users alike.

The Stormforce Prism Extreme custom PC builder gives you multiple base 13th Gen CPU options from each line in the processor family:

  • Intel® Core™ i5 13600K Processor.
  • Intel® Core™ i7 13700K Processor.
  • Intel® Core™ i9 13900K Processor.

Why Order a Custom PC from Stormforce?

Stormforce Gaming PCs are designed to maximise performance and deliver outstanding value with every build, no matter your budget. With over 10 years of experience in building high quality custom & prebuilt gaming systems, we have built thousands of PCs over the years as we aim to power the passion of our fellow PC gamers. 

Hand Built in the UK

Here at Stormforce Gaming, we build every system in-house at our UK based manufacturing facility. Every system is built by our professional and highly experienced building team to ensure excellent build quality, across the entire range. We pay close attention to the details of every system that we build, from cable management to airflow, to ensure that your system’s performance is maximised. 

Foundational Components

The foundational components of the Stormforce Custom PC Builder have been carefully selected and qualified by our inhouse experts to ensure outstanding value, high performance, and compatibility across all possible configurations. Built and cable managed by our passionate and highly experienced PC builders, your custom built Stormforce Gaming PC will be a long-lasting gaming companion for many years to come.   

3 Years Comprehensive Warranty

All custom built Stormforce Gaming PCs include 3 years warranty cover on system repairs and the replacement of parts. This warranty includes full coverage of collection, repair and return of your performance gaming system for 3 years for all UK customers. Labour costs are included, this warranty excludes EIRE, NI and the Channel Islands.

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Top 3 Gaming PCs – Powered by Intel 12th Gen

Top 3 Gaming PCs – Powered by Intel

Intel® Core™ processors have been a staple of the Stormforce range for many years due to their incredible performance and constant innovation. Intel’s new line of 12th generation processors are on average 11% faster than Intel’s previous 11th Gen CPUs and have introduced a new and improved hybrid processor architecture. Stormforce Gaming PCs that are powered by an Intel Core 12th Gen processor can deliver incredible performance for gamers, streamers and content creators alike.

Onyx GTX 1660Ti (Intel Core i5-12400F)

The Stormforce Onyx GTX 1660Ti (Intel Core i5-12400F) delivers the ultimate entry level gaming PC for any first time PC gamers. Intel® Core™ i5 processors now offer 16 threads that are paired with 6 Performance-cores and 4 Efficient-cores that can boost up to 4.90GHz. Armed with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti, this system can deliver an immersive 1080p gaming experience on games like Fortnite, Warzone and more.

Crystal iCue RTX 3060 (Intel Core i5-12400F)

The Stormforce Crystal iCue RTX 3060 (Intel Core i5-12400F) can deliver the next gen performance that gamers crave. Sleek, stylish and powerful, this gaming PC can offer high performance on all of this years latest games. Equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, you will be ready to play games at 1440p lag-free with ray tracing enabled.

Prism RTX 3080Ti (Intel Core i9-12900K)

Game, stream and create with the Stormforce Prism RTX 3080Ti (Intel Core i9-12900K) gaming PC. Designed for power users, this powerful system can do much more than game at ultra-high settings. Intel 12th Generation i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting a massive 24 threads, with 8 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores that are vital for tackling more intensive workloads like editing, streaming and video rendering.    

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Get a FREE copy of Monster Hunter Rise when you purchase a Stormforce Gaming PC featuring a qualifying Intel Core 12th Gen processor.

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Design A Custom Gaming PC – Powered By Intel 11th Gen

Designed To Game

Intel® Core™ 11th Generation processor technology is designed to offer ‘elite’ performance for gamers, streamers, and content creators. The Intel platform is a staple of the Stormforce range for its consistent focus on reliability and increased performance throughout the evolution of each processor generation. With an improved processor architecture, the 11th generation of Intel Core processors can deliver enhanced gaming performance from every angle with faster clock speeds, more cores, higher frame rates, and lower system latency. Intel Core 11th generation processors are built to cater to the needs of modern PC gamers through delivering rich immersive gameplay and high performance on the most demanding games.

Build a custom gaming PC that features an Intel Core 11th generation processor with the Stormforce Configurator and equip it with the very best hardware from our premium partners like NVIDIA, Seagate, and many other tier 1 brands.

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The Stormforce Configurator

Each custom built gaming PC from Stormforce Gaming is built and rigorously tested in-house by our passionate and highly experienced system builders. Our base configurations use only the most reliable components and configurations from our extensive testing to ensure reliability and maximum compatibility. Each selection offers you a choice from the best hardware components on the market.

How it Works

It’s simple, we have 5 foundational system options for you to pick from based on the processor that is best for your gaming needs and the case aesthetics that you are looking for. Then all you need to do is select which components you would like to customise your gaming PC with. Design your dream PC today!

Selected & Tested By Experts

The foundational components of our custom built systems have been carefully selected and qualified by our inhouse experts to ensure outstanding value, high performance and compatibility across all possible configurations. Built and cable managed by our passionate and highly experienced PC builders, your custom built Stormforce Gaming PC will be a long-lasting gaming companion for many years to come.   

Custom Onyx Gaming PC (i5)

This Stormforce Onyx build is designed to offer an entry-level gaming PC that is perfect for any first time PC gamers or any gamers on a budget.

Design a custom gaming PC with the full capabilities of an Intel Core i5-11400F processor. This processor delivers 6 cores and 12 threads, that can boost up to an impressive 4.4GHz for increased performance. Pair this Stormforce Onyx PC with a powerful NVIDIA GTX or RTX graphics card to experience high frame rates on your favourite games. 

Custom Crystal Gaming PC (i5)

This Stormforce Crystal PC is tailored towards PC gaming enthusiasts who want a system with industry leading components that can deliver high performance on the games that they love to play. 

This custom Crystal Gaming PC build is equipped with an Intel Core i5-11600K processor. This powerful 11th Gen processor can offer outstanding performance across all possible configurations. Delivering a lag free gaming experience, this processor can handle intensive multitasking as you jump between gaming, streaming your gameplay, listening to music and more.

Custom Prism Gaming PC (i9)

Looking for the best of the best? This powerful Stormforce Prism build is designed for players looking for the very best high end gaming pc, that can take their gaming to the extreme.

With an Intel Core i9-11900K processor at the heart of this gaming PC, any custom Prism builds can deliver extreme gaming performance and offers limitless options for gamers, streamers, content creators and power users alike. Designed with creativity in mind, this Intel Core i9 11th generation processors can handle intensive workloads like creating rich media, editing videos or gameplay clips, and any other day to day productivity tasks you may need to complete.

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Unleash Your Brilliance with An Intel® Core™ 11th Gen Gaming PC!

Intel® Core™ 11th Generation Processors

The new line of Intel® Core™ 11th Generation processors has introduced significant changes to Intel’s usual CPU lineup. Now the Intel Core family begins with Core i5 (with six cores and twelve threads), through to Core i7 and Core i9 (both with eight cores and sixteen threads). Intel 11th Gen processors can offer gamers a noteworthy boost in gaming performance with a 19% increase in instructions per clock (IPC) and can deliver blistering clock speeds of up to 5.3GHz.

Intel Core 11th Generation processors are built to cater to the needs of modern PC gamers through delivering rich 4K entertainment and high performance on the most demanding games. In this blog, we will look at some of the key features of Intel’s 11th gen processors and discuss which processors are the best for gaming and creating digital content.

Redesigned Processor Architecture

Intel’s latest generation of processors has seen the debut of a new and improved desktop core architecture called Cypress Cove, which will replace their long-established Ice Lake 10nm architecture. Gamers will experience significant performance benefits from this new architectures 14nm production process that is designed to offer gamers higher frequency cores that can deliver higher frame rates and lower latency whilst gaming. Plus, Intel’s new Cypress Cove architecture can also deliver intelligent graphics capabilities, improved 3D performance, and faster image processing with Intel® UHD graphics featuring Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture.

Gen4 Technology

Intel Core 11th Gen processors can provide up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes, compared to the previous generation’s 16 lanes. In turn, this means the Rocket Lake Series will offer additional slots for PCIe Gen 4 hardware like SSDs and graphics cards that will offer enhanced performance. These additional PCIe lanes are supported by Intel’s new H570, B560, and Z590 motherboards, but the entry-level H510 board will still be limited to 16 slots. Discover a truly next-gen gaming experience with an Intel Core 11th Gen gaming processor that can enhance every aspect of your gaming experience, whilst optimising your Stormforce Gaming PC’s overall performance.

Intel® Xe Graphics *

Dynamic and immersive graphics are a vital aspect of PC gaming. With Intel’s 11th Gen desktop processors, you can experience enhanced visuals with Intel® UHD Graphics featuring Intel® Xe graphics architecture. Intel UHD graphics have been improved significantly when compared to previous generations to ensure intelligent graphics capabilities such as faster image processing, improved 3D performance, and amplified visual complexity. Intel® Xe graphics architecture is designed to cater to the demands of modern gamers like supporting 1080p and 4K HDR desktop gaming.

*Featured on applicable processors.

AVX512 Instructions

Intel AVX-512 is a new set of instructions that 11th Gen CPUs will follow which can improve your processor’s storage, computing, and network functions. This new feature doubles the width of the register and can double the number of floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) compared to Intel’s previous generation of processors. In turn, Intel AVX-512 can increase the overall instructions needed for coding and further reduce latency, whilst accelerating your Stormforce Gaming systems performance when carrying out intensive workloads like creating digital content and video editing.

 

Which Intel 11th Gen CPU is best for gaming?

Each member of the Intel Core CPU family benefits from 11th Gen introducing a new processor architecture that increases the processors instructions per clock, per-core performance, increases FPS, and decreases latency. Intel’s family of 11th Gen processors offers a variety of options that aims to fit every gamers needs at every price point.

Intel Core i5 Processors (Entry-Level Gaming)

Over the last few generations, Intel has significantly increased the performance of their entry-level gaming processors. Intel Core i5 processors offer 6 cores and 12 threads, with the Core i5-11400F being able to boost up to 4.4GHz. The i5 line can deliver a solid level of performance when paired with a mid-level graphics card like the GTX 1660S that together create the perfect entry level gaming PC for any first-time PC gamer or any gamers who are on a budget. The i5 line can deliver high frame rates and higher resolutions on less demanding games, which makes this line the ideal platform for playing Esports titles like the Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Warzone, and many more.

Intel Core i7 Processors (Mid/high – Level Gaming)

The Intel Core i7 line is designed for gamers who want to achieve high performance when playing the most demanding games. Intel Core i7 processors offer 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i7-11700F being able to turbo up to an impressive 4.9GHz. A Stormforce Gaming PC that features an Intel Core i7-11700F processor can take on the most demanding modern games when paired with the correct graphics card. The increased number of threads and cores in this line makes this CPU ideal for any customer who want to stream their high-quality gameplay or carry out intensive multi-threaded tasks like video editing and creating digital content.

Intel Core i9 Processors (Extreme – Level Gaming)

Intel’s 11th generation of processors has introduced one of their most powerful processors ever that can provide all the raw processing power needed to game, stream, or create content. Intel Core i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i9-11900K offering multi-threaded performance and clock speeds that can boost up to 5.3GHz with Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost Technology (Intel HT Technology). Here at Stormforce, we pair Intel’s flagship Core i9-11900K processor with a high-powered flagship graphics card to minimise CPU bottlenecking. The premier processing power of Intel’s i9 line can deliver a system that offers premier performance when playing the latest games or carrying out CPU intensive tasks like streaming or creating rich digital content.

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Overview and System Recommendations

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the last decade…

Launching to much fanfare and after a series of delays, CD Projekt Red has finally released Cyberpunk 2077 to the public. You take control of V, a mercenary for hire in Night City, a fictional metropolis set in the near future where rival gangs wage war. This deep RPG has a mix of futuristic gunplay, cinematic missions and engaging character story paths to follow.

Announced back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 has become a title full of promise for PC gamers. Since the advent of ray tracing capable video cards, Cyberpunk 2077 has been high on the list of titles set to feature these new, advanced graphics technologies.

Titles that feature new graphics technologies usually stretch the capabilities of current generation systems. Gamers with high resolution, high refresh rate displays will need significant video card horsepower to achieve smooth framerates with all of the visual settings cranked up.

Make no mistake, this is a difficult game to run on even the most powerful modern system. Cyberpunk 2077 requires a lot of system resources and the graphics engine will tax even the new flagship next generation gaming hardware from NVIDIA and AMD. That being said, there are a lot of options within the graphics menu that will allow gamers with current hardware or lower specification systems to optimise their game visuals to give the best experience.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Next Gen Features

Cyberpunk 2077 features a host of next generation features which make PC the best platform to play the game. Cyberpunk 2077 takes advantage of next gen visual technologies by providing a plethora of video options within the settings allowing you to maximise game visuals and performance.

DLSS is an NVIDIA technology only found on RTX series graphics cards equipped with advanced Tensor cores. If your system has an RTX card installed, it is strongly recommended that you enable DLSS to increase framerates in the game. DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) works by using artificial intelligence machine learning to produce upscaled visuals in supported games. Essentially, the game will render at a lower resolution and upscale to your target resolution with the AI upscaling helping to sharpen and refine the final image. After much testing the ‘DLSS Quality’ mode on Cyberpunk 2077 seems to offer the best image quality on resolutions of 1440p and below. 4K and Ultrawide users may want to try running the game in ‘DLSS Balanced’ mode.

Static Fidelity FX is an option for gamers who don’t have an NVIDIA RTX card installed and works in a similar way to DLSS. We found in our testing that Fidelity FX does not provide quite the same gains in performance as DLSS, but it does a good job of adding more performance for non RTX users.

Ray Tracing is a key next gen feature that has to be seen to be believed. Ray Tracing is a rendering technique that traces light paths and simulates how light interacts with objects. This results in a much more realistic visual experience as shadows and reflections behave how you would expect in the real world. The downside to Ray Tracing is that it can be extremely demanding on your video card and will reduce your frames per second when enabled. In Cyberpunk 2077, Ray Tracing can be set to Medium, Ultra and Psycho. Enabling Ray Tracing on any video card in this game will mean that DLSS must be used to maintain higher framerates. NVIDIA RTX users can already take advantage of Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 with AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs looking set to support Ray Tracing after a future patch.
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Recommended Settings

CD Projekt Red provided a system requirement table before the game launched to act as a guideline for gamers looking to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077. These guidelines are a good base level performance indication but we have elaborated on each point from our own testing to help optimise your game experience. If you are planning to run Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing enabled at any resolution, a high performance card will be required.

 

1080P Gaming

Most gamers are still using the most popular resolution available. 1080P provides a good balance of affordability and clarity whilst not requiring super expensive video cards to drive the resolution reliably. The NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super will run at Medium graphics settings around 60 frames per second which will provide a smooth experience. To enable Ultra settings at 1080P you will need RTX 2060 or higher level video card. Performance on the RTX 2060 will be below 60fps so enabling DLSS in the graphics menu will increase framerates and allow for a significantly smoother experience.

1440P Gaming

Larger panels are becoming more commonplace in PC Gaming. Many 1440p Panels are around 27-32″ and offer much more screen real estate and visual clarity over 1080p. The downside to having more pixels on your monitor is that driving the pixels will require a higher level video card.

To run Cyberpunk 2077 at Medium settings using 1440p, an RTX 2060 is the minimum requirement for smooth gameplay. Lower class cards will run the game at this resolution if you are willing to adjust some settings to gain better performance but for a smooth 60fps experience, an RTX 2060 is the recommended choice. DLSS becomes almost mandatory at 1440p and above.

Increasing the graphics preset to Ultra, Cyberpunk 2077 becomes a much more difficult game to run at 1440p or higher. You will need some serious video card muscle to drive higher resolution monitors. To enable Ultra settings and have a smooth gaming experience, an RTX 2060 or higher is suggested.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti, RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 are great options for gamers who want the best experience at 1440p in this title.

4K UHD and Ultrawide Gaming

It may not come as much of a surprise that a demanding title like Cyberpunk 2077 requires the highest performance video cards available to achieve performance at very high resolutions. Cranking the settings up to Ultra on a 4K or Ultrawide display will show just how demanding Cyberpunk 2077 can be. The level of visual fidelity and immersion is ‘breathtaking’ at these resolutions but at a severe cost to framerates.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon 6800XT provide a good entry level for gamers playing on the Medium preset. For the best experience at these vast resolutions then flagship cards are really the only option if Ultra preset is your goal. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 and AMD Radeon RX 6800XT/6900XT graphics cards are really the only choice at this resolution.
As mentioned previously, AMD Radeon cards are not currently supported for Ray Tracing or Super Sampling features within the game.

Optimising Cyberpunk 2077 for your Stormforce Gaming PC

Everybody will experience different results with Cyberpunk 2077. Our testing has shown that 60fps an acceptable threshold to aim for and the graphics card recommendations in this guide should help you decide what performance settings to set up with.

Cyberpunk 2077 really benefits from being installed onto an SSD. Whilst next generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs will provide huge load time reductions, any high speed M.2 or NVME SSD will perform well and give you an advantage in Cyberpunk 2077.

Higher core count CPUs can help you maintain good framerates when in crowded areas. Our testing has shown that 6 core processors seem to be the sweet spot on this game but CPU frequency is also very important at maintaining high framerates. Intel i5 9th gen or newer and AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or higher seem to be the best options for gamers looking to tackle Night City without any bottlenecks.

Ambient Occlusion, Volumetric Fog and Screen Space Reflections are the settings which seem to have the biggest impact on your framerates in Cyberpunk 2077. On some hardware configurations where the Ultra settings caused huge slowdowns, the adjustment of these settings were pivotal in achieving smooth framerates and in some cases made the difference between playable and unplayable framerates.

Ray Tracing is only available to GeForce RTX owners right now in Cyberpunk 2077 and RTX 20 series performance with Ray Tracing enabled can be hit and miss depending on your resolution. Disabling ray tracing can net huge performance gains at the slight expense of visual quality.

Ensure you have updated your video card drivers to the latest version to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077.

Even on medium settings, Cyberpunk 2077 looks great on PC and there is an expectation that future patches from the developer alongside video card driver updates will help to optimise the game further and increase performance.

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