Inter Gamer Days is your opportunity to learn which Intel powered computer is right for you. From August 18th to September 4th, Intel Gamer Days brings savings on Intel based laptops and opportunities to learn more about Intel processors. Computing technology is constantly improving and Intel is leading the way with new processors every year. In this article, I’ll help you to understand these processors so you can more easily decide which computer to purchase. Read about the difference between 12th gen and 13th gen Intel processors, then enter for a chance to win one of two laptops: these are two of the most powerful gaming laptops you can find be sure to follow the directions below carefully for the best chance to win.

Why does it matter what processor you buy

The processor is arguably the most important part of the computer. Does this scenario sound familiar: your old computer becomes sluggish, taking a lot longer to start, is slow to open programs seemingly remaining frozen, doing nothing for long periods of time. This is likely caused by a processor that can no longer keep up with the demands that the software programs are making. Those programs get updated regularly over the internet and those updates often require up-to-date processors to work smoothly. So your old processor didn’t stop working: it’s working as hard as it can but it’s just getting asked to do way more than it was originally designed to do.

New Intel processors are designed to handle the demands of modern software programs. Intel has a range of new processors, from their Core i5 to their Core i9, optimized for different use cases. The first thing to know is that i9 is faster than i7 and both are faster than i5. That doesn’t mean everyone should run out and spend the extra money on the fastest processor. Here is my take on which one is best for you.

Which processor do I need if I am getting a new laptop for school and work application, email, web searches, and for streaming movies and music

If you use your computer for school or work, as a general purpose productivity machine, then the Core i5 is likely perfect for your needs. It will not only be fast, whether you are using any Microsoft office program, web browser, or email application, it will play music and streaming TV and movies with ease. In fact, the newest generation of Intel’s Core i5 processors will be future friendly: it’ll perform great for the full duration of a university degree!

Which processor do I need if I am getting a new laptop for many different uses including playing the latest games with ease and live streaming

If you intend to use your new computer to play the latest high-performance video games, then your should be looking at the newest Core i7 processors. These have 16 processing cores (four more than the Core i5) and more cores equates to more processing power. You’ll need that power for the latest games which put some of highest demand on computers of any software you can use. With the newest Core i7 processor in your computer, you’ll be able to play almost any game available just as well as any professional gamer: the only limit to your gaming performance will be your skill.

Another very demanding task is live streaming. Content creators with a fast computer produce professional looking video streams and can more easily build their audience. If you intend to create content for fun of for profit, you’ll likely want a faster processor in your new computer like the two prizes we are giving away: both have Core i7 processors!

Why do I need an Intel Core i9 processor

Do you want the fastest computer … one that will handle really demanding tasks today and for many years to come? The Core i9 processor is likely what you want. It has 24 cores to ensure no matter how demanding the task—gaming, visual design, complex science or math applications—it will exceed your expectations. So if you demand the fastest, if you are a design guru, if you are a professional gamer, or aspire to be one, then the i9 will be worth the investment.

Should I get a 12th gen or 13th gen Intel processor.

This is another excellent question you may have. Last year at this time I wrote about how the 12th gen processors were a huge leap forward in processor design compared to the 11th gen processors. The improvement came from a new hybrid architecture grouping a number of performance cores (designed for demanding tasks) with efficiency cores (designed to handle maintenance and less demanding tasks) all working simultaneously for faster performance than had previously been possible. In the last year, Intel improved on the design of that hybrid architecture and released the 13th gen line of processors. These brought a huge leap in performance again (up to 24% improvement over 12th gen processors). If you purchase a computer with a 12th gen Intel processor, you will likely save some money and will be getting a very decent laptop. However, if you purchase a computer with a 13th gen Intel processor, you will likely spend a little more and get what you pay for with faster performance for many years of fun and productivity.

How can you tell which Intel processor is in a laptop at Best Buy?

Best Buy has a huge selection of computers, and these come with a variety of different Intel processor lines. In fact, you can still find 10th gen Intel processor computers at Best Buy. I personally don’t recommend you get one of those if you intend to put it to work for a full university degree. Spend a little more, if you can.

I suggest you shortlist a few computers with 12th gen processors and a few with 13th gen processors, compare their specs (memory, storage, etc) and get the one that works with your budget and is most suitable for how you want to use it. As I said above, software programs get more complex, more demanding, every year. The software in development right now, will be designed for the best processors available right now. Eventually, over the next few years, an older processor will start to show its age: a new processor (12th or 13th gen) not so much.

Best Buy makes it easy to know which processor is present on each laptop they carry. In the name of each laptop, Best Buy shows you the type of processor and which generation too. So take some time to look at the selection of laptops and find the one perfect for you.

If you win this contest, they you will be really set up for success at school, success at work, and success at play! Look at these two prizes then enter.

ASUS Zephyrus G16 16″ Gaming Laptop – Eclipse Grey (Intel Core i7-12700H/1TB SSD/16GB RAM/GeForce RTX 4050)

MSI Stealth 16 Studio 16″ Gaming Laptop – Star Blue (Intel Core i7-13620H/1TB SSD/32GB RAM/RTX 4060)

How to enter

Entering this contest will be fun and you can enter in three different ways:

  1. In a comment below: tell us what is the most demanding software you have ever used on a computer and what that software was used for. For a valid entry, your answer must be specific. For example, if it was for video editing, tell us the name of the application; if it was for gaming, tell us the name of that game.
  2. Social post: For two additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel sharing with your friends and followers that you are entering a Best Buy blog contest to win an Intel powered gaming laptop. Let your friends know which of the two laptops you are hoping to win; include the hashtag #IntelgamerDaysContest, so we can find your post, and include a picture from this contest page. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Thread, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.
  3. Email a photo: If you visit any Best Buy store, take a picture with your smartphone of the laptop section in a store showing several Intel powered laptops available. Then in an email to with the subject line “Intel at Best Buy Contest” tell us the location of the store (city, street) and attach the picture.

What you can win

At the end of the contest, we will randomly select two (2) winners from all eligible entries. These winners will be randomly assigned to win one of the two laptop prizes: the Asus Zephyrus G16 or the MSI Stealth 16.

This contest runs from August 18th to September 5th.

Remember you can enter up to four times as mentioned above. Perhaps you’ve been trying to win a prize in a Best Buy Canada contest for many years and just have not been lucky. Hedge your bet by telling all of your friends and family that you really need their support for this amazing contest. They’ll likely be happy to enter this contest too.

Win a gaming laptop during Intel Gamer Days contest rules and regulations

Good luck.

Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. I was helping my neice do some uni course where she was using Adobe After Effects for animation, that was a demanding software!

  2. OH!!! Adobe Photoshop for sure gave me the most trouble, my mom wanted a family photo of all her siblings in on shot but I had six different photos to put into one and make it look authentic. A lot of frustration and crying on my part to make it work and a bit more than a month later of daily working on it I did it. Mom cried happy tears and she kept giving hugs and kisses…Mom traveled to the Netherlands where her family lives but all the siblings did not have a chance for a family get together. I sent the photo off to everyone in the Netherlands and the gratitude from all my Aunts and Uncles was unreal, I can not believe how one photo made everyone cry so much. I did place everyone in front of the house they were born and grew up in as well as one with all six together from the shoulders up. Those photos have have now been passed down to family members and apparently have been copied so may times. I felt so good and proud of myself for not giving up on doing this for my mom.

  3. The most demanding software that I used was Wondershare Filmora 11. It was for a video project for my Social Services Worker program. It was my first time using it and I had to learn hot to edit.

  4. I don’t game as much on my PC these days but Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely one of the most demanding games I’ve ran.

  5. Hello,

    The Most demanding software i used was dying light 2 on pc. I used ultra serttings with high quality ray tracing.

  6. For gaming it would be Fortnite. I loved playing but I’ve since moved country and had to leave my computer behind.

  7. Adobe Photoshop gave me the most trouble. I tried using it to eliminate an ex-husband from wedding photographs!

  8. Most demanding program for me was using Adobe Photoshop. I want to edit family pictures and such but the program was difficult for me and my computer..

  9. Adobe After Effects is one of the most demanding software applications for video editing. It’s primarily used for creating visual effects and animations. Its demanding nature arises from the computational power required to render complex animations and effects, making it a resource-intensive software for video professionals.

    • The most demanding software I’ve used would probably be Longomatch. It is a useful tool for video analysis for sports.
      Due to the substantial video deamnd my current integrated GPU struggles to handle the processing.

  10. Ableton Live is the most demanding software I have ever run! Using it for DJing and music production always pushed my CPU to the Limit!

  11. Most demanding software I have ever used on my computer is Adobe Photoshop. I use Photoshop for graphic design and image editing.

  12. The most demanding software for video editing was DaVinci Resolve. For photo editing, it was Adobe Photoshop.

  13. The most demanding software I used on my computer would be Unreal Engine 4. I was mostly using it to make landscapes and just play around with the software just getting a feel for it. Play testing some of the rendered models trying to add water to a landscape.

    Unreal engine 4 is a really powerful game development tool that anyone can download and check out for free if they’re ever curious about game development.

    It was fun but I had to stop when my computers fans started roaring like a fighter plane.

  14. The most demanding software for me is Excel. Having to use it for work excel for maintaining multiple databases. I always have trouble with the formulas and especially pivot tables.

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