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    Intel Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7

    In case you need a little help in choosing I found this very informative review between the three cores...

    I must say Intel are the Rank.1s of marketing...

    Change the name,add a few features,make a flashy/clever ad and boom you've created a new market and a new buzz...
    Although that can be said for any Organization in general,none are as relevant here as Intel...

    So here goes...

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    Intel Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7


    Intel Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7



    If you are planning to buy a new desktop or laptop, you will notice the names of three new Intel created processor lines named core i3, core i5, and core i7 in the specifications. If you are undecided on whether to opt for the old core 2 duo models or go for these new lines, this article might help you decide. After reading through this article, you won't feel the need to make an Intel core i3 vs core 2 duo comparison. So how do the i3, i5 and i7 lines differ and what more do they offer compared to the older core 2 duo lines? That is what I explain through the core i3 vs core i5 vs core i7 comparison presented here.

    Intel Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7 Comparison

    Intel has presented the new hierarchy of its processors with three classes. The entry level processors are the core i3 series, mid level processors are core i5 series and high end ones are the core i7 processors. Let us see how these three processor lines differ in terms of technical specifications and performance.

    Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7: Technical Specifications

    Let us begin with the core i3 line. Core i3 5xx (Clarkdale) series launched in January 2010 consists of three processors (i3-530, i3-540 and i3-550) with a clocking frequency ranging from 2933 MHz to 3200 MHz. All three processors have a 2x256 KB L2 cache, 4MB L3 smart cache with DMI (direct media interface) bus and are fitted with the new LGA 1156 socket. All three processors have two cores and an integrated GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) and are based on a 32 nm architecture which enables more transistors to be placed on a chip compared to the earlier 45 nm architecture.

    The processors have two cores and four threads backed by Intel's hyperthreading and virtualization technology that enhances the multitasking ability of these chips. Hyperthreading is simultaneous multithreading ability. The Intel HD graphics technology offers great visual performance. All in all, the core i3 series is a great entry level chip that offers all that a home user needs including high quality 3D graphics and great multitasking ability. The price for all the chips is around $133. Other than these processors Intel has developed i3, i5 and i7 lines for mobile phones too.

    Now let us move to the second part of our core i3 vs i5 vs i7 comparison and discuss the core i5 line of processors. This family of processors consists of three lines of processors which include the core i5 7xx, core i5 7xxS and core i5 6xx series. They have processor clocking frequencies ranging from 2.4 GHz to 3.33 GHz which can be enhanced by Intel's new Turbo Boost technology. Some processors have 4 cores with 4 threads (core i5-7xx and core i5-7xxS Lynnfield series) and some with 2 cores and 4 threads (core i5- 6xx Clarkdale Series with hyperthreading disabled). Most have an 8MB L3 cache, with LGA 1156 socket, direct media interface and integrated GPU. All are enabled with Intel Turbo Boost technology, Intel HD graphics and Intel Smart Cache technology. Prices range from $176 to $256. Core i5 have the edge over the core i3 processors in terms of the Turbo Boost technology that makes them faster and powerful.

    Let us now move towards the last part of the intel core i3 vs i5 vs i7 comparison and discuss the core i7 processor family. The core i7 family of processors are built to outperform. They consist of eight different series of processors. Dubbed by Intel to be 'The Best Processors On the Planet', these are quad core processors with 8 threads with clocking frequencies touching 3.06 GHz which can be enhanced to 3.33 GHz with Intel's Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading Technology.

    With 8 MB of smart cache which reaches 12 MB in the Gulftown line, these processors are nothing short of phenomenal. With 3 channels of DDR3 1066 MHz memory that is backed by an integrated memory controller and Intel's QuickPath Interconnect technology (that enables upto 25.6 GB/Sec of data transfer speed), the core i7 processors are simply unbeatable. The prices range from $320 to $1000.

    Core i3 Vs i5 Vs i7: Performance

    In terms of performance, if you make a core i3 vs i5 vs i7 comparison, the graph rises higher as you go from the i3 line, through the i5 line towards the core i7 line. Core i3 is a great entry level processor that offers high definition graphics and 3D capabilities and ensures that multitasking wouldn't take a toll on computer speed. This is the default pick for home users with desktop computers.

    The core i5 line is speedier and more powerful than the i3 line offering all that the i3 series offers and yet goes beyond in terms of performance. The Turbo Boost technology along with hyperthreading technology enables two different tasks to be handled by two different processors which increases processing speed. They are the best processors for laptops with a high level of multitasking needs.

    A core i5 vs core i7 comparison reveals that the i7 lines are simply miles ahead of the two other processor lines. The i3 vs i5 vs i7 benchmark tests reveal core i7 processors to be the clear winners. The i7 line has an inherent advantage provided by the four cores. A quad core vs dual core comparison will reveal the edge that more cores give a processor. You can develop 3D games and images, go for video editing and get an unparalleled gaming experience. Core i7 line places phenomenal computing power at your fingertips.

    Hope this straightforward core i3 vs i5 vs i7 comparison has cleared any doubts you had about these new processor lines developed by Intel. Opt for core i3 processors if you are a home user with graphic intensive application usage and mainly multimedia use. Core i5 processors are for people who want to go for intensive gaming and run heavy programs. The top of the line core i7 processors are best for people who want to go for intensive multitasking and are designed for computers that have to function as web servers or database servers, video editing workstations or developer workstations. They are designed for business use. However, all depends on how much are you willing to pay for a new laptop or desktop. If you can afford it, why not go for a top of the line processor of the core i7 line? The decision is yours of course. Choose any processor from any line but my personal recommendation would be to go for the mid level core i5 series, which is cost effective, reasonably priced and offers real value for your money!
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    I know Intel's units are better than AMDs, but for some reason I just can't get my self to buy it!
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    Compare the performance with price you will love AMD more sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peepin View Post
    Compare the performance with price you will love AMD more sometimes.
    i feel opposite to what u have said...... performance intel is much better.....
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    I would buy amd just because its cheaper than Intel and you get almost like the same performance or even higher than Intel ones in that particular price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jovita View Post
    I would buy amd just because its cheaper than Intel and you get almost like the same performance or even higher than Intel ones in that particular price.
    AMD Rules for me!!
    Tbh, prices are hardly different when I go through the lists. Performance was the same about 5 years ago but lately, this is not true anymore at all.
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    All though from a hardware perspective , we've reached miles head with the core numbers increasing once in every two year, from a software perspective we're still lagging. Without software being optimized all the hardware powers is a waste. Due to the immense marketing wave created by Intel, software developers are now gaining momentum on optimizing applications for multicore processors.
    As far the topic is concerned , AMD is tad future proof with respect to hardware, wherein you don't have to invest in an altogether new motherboard . It's not the same case in Intel, once in 2 year there's a new technology and every alternative year they improve their fab manufacturing process like 45nm,32nm etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    It's not the same case in Intel, once in 2 year there's a new technology and every alternative year they improve their fab manufacturing process like 45nm,32nm etc.
    While that might be true, it's hardly true that you are required to buy a new processor every 2 years, unless you get the cheapest one you can find. If you get a mid-range type, you can easily go, say, 5 years without having to change. Tbh, I don't mind buying a new motherboard after that time, as you know you're getting something a lot better for your money.

    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    improve their fab manufacturing process like 45nm,32nm etc.
    That's a good thing, though, isn't it?! I'd rather that they do, than don't.

    As a side note, Intel doesn't force you to get new hardware every 2 years. Nor does the actual hardware (except the cheapest ones) force you since it keeps running decently for far longer than that. By decently I mean it's power is high enough to do whatever you want.
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    32nm will be out in a month or two from intel. wait for that. I'll be upgrading once sandy bridge -e comes out. (have q6600 @ 3.2ghz currently)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sazzy View Post
    Tbh, prices are hardly different when I go through the lists. Performance was the same about 5 years ago but lately, this is not true anymore at all.
    tbh?? I have HP Pavillion, AMD Athlon 64 X2. It works great even better than my brother's Acer- i5 460m. Well at least AMD doesn't lag as much as Intel for me

    Quote Originally Posted by gatalakka View Post
    32nm will be out in a month or two from intel. wait for that. I'll be upgrading once sandy bridge -e comes out. (have q6600 @ 3.2ghz currently)
    I also want to see what Intel has now, the 32nm Process and improved Graphics Efficiency etc.


    Anyhow most of Intel's new architectures seem to be weak on DMA bandwidth. If you can't get your data to the CPU it doesn't matter how fast the CPU is.
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    omg :| prices are too high , keep AMD
    anyway, my opinion is to put the money will not tortured. How soon appear on the synthetic diamond processors, where heat will not be a problem regardless of the temperature / voltage / frequency. I can say that over the next 3-5 years will get here, of course, the price will be as
    I would say that those two companies make "preparations" for this step, all lowering nanometers and "crowding" of several nuclei are signs that is preparing something big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peepin View Post
    Compare the performance with price you will love AMD more sometimes.
    ..... exactly
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    Whats the difference between a Core i7 and a Core2Quad processor, cant understand the difference between these two as they sound the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoman View Post
    i feel opposite to what u have said...... performance intel is much better.....
    Intel's performance is very good for riches I think.
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    AMD rules.. better.. given d price
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