I love Intel as much as anyone they make cool products they engage in lots of community stuff and I mean heck there even a major sponsor of my other channel but man when it comes to confusing product naming schemes. I think core i3, core i5, core i7 takes the cake. What is a core i7 47 i 90 k? What the does all of this even mean we’ll get to that but first a bit of background about why we need product names for processors. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just label them with how many digger hurts they run out and call it a day.
Simpler sort of but at times actually even more confusing for example, when the pentium 4 launched an equivalently clock pentium 3 was actually faster because it could do more work with each cycle. As a customer I would expect the product with the higher number to be the better one and therein lies the problem, not all megahertz and gigahertz are created equal and rating products that way is about like reading the performance of a car based on what RPM the engine runs. That is not actually a real indication about fast the processor is but it happened that one of Mandy’s attempts to move away from this started in the early two thousands with their PR or performance rating naming scheme.
Where their processors were given a four-digit model number that enthusiasts believe was based on the performance and he felt that they delivered compared to an intel cpu of that clock speed but this fixed nothing they were still indirectly naming according to clock speed and it wasn’t until intel introduced the core series a lot of cpus that dramatically outperform their predecessors at much lower clocks that the megahertz war ended because Intel needed to shift their marketing away from frequency.
So here’s what we have today other than the very bare-bones pentium skews a core i3 will be your most basic option with two processing course and hyper threading more about this feature here for better multitasking it will have a smaller cash it will consume less power it will generally perform a worse than a core i5 but it will cost less which leads us to the core i5. I wish i could say it was as simple as well core i3 is have two cores and gore I lives out for course the number of course equal n minus 1 where at the number after the little I but it’s not mobile core i5 had two cores and hyper threading well desktop ones mostly have four course and no hyper-threading but what they all have in common is improved onboard graphics and turbo boost more about this feature here for temporary performance enhancements when your system is a little bit more and with an open mind core i7. Number one all core i7 have hyper threading for heavy workloads and numbertwo that’s the noise your brain is going to make as i finish my explanation here a core i7 can have anywhere from two processing cores in an ultrabook all the way up to eight in a workstation. It might support anywhere from two sticks of memory all the way to eight and it can have a TDP anywhere from around 10 wads all the way to a hundred and thirty watts.
So there’s a ton of variety here and that’s for a reason for I seventh tend to have more cash faster turbo boost and better onboard graphics than the lower tier processors and I guess other than that the best summary i can give is this a core i7 represents. The best thing Intel could build for a given use case with the biggest drawback being the higher price tag. So when you boil it down that’s all the I whatever numbers represent good better best within a given segment beyond that on their own they’re pretty much meaningless. The numbers and letters afterwards sort of means something if you use the guide from before but the safest way to shop is to dig around in ark and look at the features four counts and clock speeds of the CPUs you’re comparing to figure out how they stack up with the good news being that as long as you compare within one brand within the same product generation those metrics will actually mean something. Speaking of mean fractal design is that buying up all of my advertising inventory for the sole purpose instead of talking about the great quality and clean scandinavian design of their pc cases power supplies and cooling products.