Tower Power: check out the new 9th Gen Intel® Desktop PCs

Computer Towers are back with a bang following the launch of Intel®’s most powerful generation of desktop processors yet…  

05 Aug 2019

Technology is moving faster than ever before. That’s a fact. And the only way to keep up with the pace is with a PC unit that packs enough of a punch to produce the top processing speeds. No, we’re not talking about laptops. We’re not even talking about all-in-one PCs. We’re talking about something much bigger…


Why are PC Towers making a comeback?

One word: Power.

Don’t get us wrong. We love laptops. Being portable means they are extremely handy machines to have, especially in a world where we are constantly on the move. But they simply don’t compare to towers when it comes to power and performance.

With day-to-day ‘light’ computing now dominated by smartphones and tablets, it only makes sense to invest in a high-performance desktop that’ll help you maximise your productivity and unleash the creative in you.

The same principle applies to All-in-One computers (i.e. where the monitor and PC come as one piece). Although they save space and are more powerful than laptops, they still don’t pack the same punch as towers due to their lower wattage capacity.

If you want a more powerful desktop PC but you are worried about space and style, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now have the best of both worlds! These new towers are sleeker, smaller and smarter. It’s a win-win.


What makes Intel’s new desktop processors stand out?

In a nutshell: speed, efficiency and performance.

If you use desktops for designing, gaming, entertainment or even general computing, Intel’s new 9th generation processors are packed with new features and enhancements to speed up almost every programme you currently use.

There are a number of processors in the 9th generation range to suit different requirements and, of course, budgets.



Which PC towers with the 9th Gen processors are we impressed with?


HP Pavilion Tower

HP Pavilion PC tower

What it’s great for:

Speed, editing, designing and graphics.

This tower is a great choice for creatives and online gamers. Why? The maths is simple: a speedy processor + a quality graphics card = minimal lag! So, whether you are editing or gaming online, this combination (detailed below) will ensure that everything runs smoothly.

It features:

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 9400F
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 1TB HDD accelerated by 16GB Intel® Optane™ Memory
  • Nvidia GTX 1030 Graphics card for design and gaming.

Will it fit under your desk?

  • Size: 338 x 277 x 170 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.15kg

Best monitor to pair with:

  • HP’s Pavilion monitors with your choice of built in Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • The latest Quantum Dot technology for a fully immersive experience


Acer XC-885 Slim Tower

What it’s great for:

Speed, size and streaming.

In this tower we see everyday computing at its finest, and also its most stylish. The slim and sleek design saves space in your home or office, whilst also delivering the same level of performance as a larger tower.

Don’t be fooled by its smaller 8-litre chassis – this thing is powered by the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor for next-level multitasking. Input-wise, it packs a Super-Multi drive supporting both DVD-R/DVD-RW and DVD+R/DVD+RW formats, plus DVD-RAM, HDMI 1.4 and it has an SD card reader.

At a glance:

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-9400
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD (7200 rpm)

How big is it?

  • 100 x 330 x 295 mm (H x W x D) 

What does it come with?

  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless membrane keyboard with numeric keypad

Best monitor to pair with:


Dell XPS 8930 Tower

What it’s great for:

Speed, power, storage and designing.

Dell really means business here. This model offers some serious computing power and aims to satisfy all of your work and design requirements.

There are various specifications of the Dell XPS 8930, and the most powerful in the range comprises:

  • An Intel® Core™ i7-9700 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • A whopping 1TB of storage, supported by 512GB SSD
  • A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card

Yes, wow is the word that came to our minds too. This spec combo makes this tower perfect for multitasking and handling the most intensive of tasks, alongside storing your projects and favourite programmes.

We understand that not everyone requires such a ‘power-tower’, which is why there are different versions available to suit your needs.


Still not satisfied? Upgrade to the intermediate model with …

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-9700
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 2TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card

Check it will fit…

  • Size: 389 x 180 x 356 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 10kg

Then pair it with one of these monitors:

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