Intel has been making class leading processors for computers for a long time now. They overcame a period where AMD reigned as king by releasing their lineup of Core 2 processors in 2006. Now Intel has a new line of processors called the Core I series. The i3, the i5 and the i7 are the new kids on the block. This guide will help you understand, which one is right for you.
The Core i3
The Core i3 is Intel’s new entry level processor, and even though it is the lowest in terms of specifications, this little processor can still pack a punch. The i3 has been receiving rave reviews from experts and customers alike.
The i3 is a dual core based processor that also offer hyper threading technology, and it is also compatible with 64 bit versions of Windows. The i3 is the perfect processor for those who like to do not much more than word processing, surf the web, listen to music, and view pictures . The i3 is a great processor that is available for an affordable price, which makes it a great entry level unit.
The Core i5
The i5 series is Intel’s mid-range processor. There will be quite a noticeable bump up in speed from the i3 processors when it comes to running certain applications. Word processing or surfing the web, you will not see much difference in performance from the i3, but when you start editing files, creating PDF’s and playing video games you will be able to tell a difference.
Unlike the i3 series, the i5 series is available in both Dual core models and Quad core models and of course is 64 bit compatible. The I5 is a safe bet when it comes to choosing a new processor as it is suited to multi-tasking. It offers enough performance to do light video editing and casual gaming, and of course doing everyday tasks such as surfing the web and word processing.
The Core i7
The Core i7 is Intel’s top of the line processor and offers maximum performance, which also means they are the most expensive. Like the i5 processors, the i7 processors come in Dual and Quad core models and also a 6 core model. The main difference between the i5 and i7 processors is the chipset that they use. The i7 processors use a faster chipset which is really where the performance gains come from.
As you would expect, the i7 can do everything that the i3 and i5 models can. The i7 chips will not even break a sweat when it comes to word processing, surfing the web and listening to music. The i7 excels when it comes to major video and picture editing, serious movie watching such as Blu Rays and of course video gaming. The i7 processors are the chips of choice for hardcore gamers and the i7’s will be able to play all new games with no problems at all.
There are many laptops and desktops available today with the processors powering them. I hope this guide will help you make a decision in regards to which processor is the right one for you. One thing for sure is that they are all fantastic processors, which will not disappoint.