We test a variety of PC components at Windows Central, from power supplies to processors and everything in between. If you’re looking for a review on a specific part of a PC, there’s a very high chance we’ve published a few. In order to produce high-quality, independent reviews, we need to ensure we’re putting product samples to the test.

This page will run you through a more detailed breakdown of how we review PC components and our current methodology. This guide may change as we adjust our workflow and benchmarking tools based on industry trends and user feedback. 


Intel Core i9-12900K

The underbelly of an Intel Core i9-12900K processor. (Image credit: Future)

The central processing unit (CPU) is the heart of any PC. It’s the part that is responsible for handling the millions of calculations per second to make everything work. Choosing the right one for your PC build is actually more straightforward than people initially believe, and testing processors is also rather simple.