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Differences of Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7

Differences of Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7

Differences of Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7 – Are you upgrading your PC? Or buying a new PC? If you need to find out which Intel processor will suit you then stay right there. The main processors we will look at today are the Intel i3, an Intel i5 and Intel i7. These all have various Processor units within each division. I3, i5 and i7 all have their own processors, where i3 is the least powerful and working up towards i7 which is the most powerful.

The processor have model numbers which explain the kind of processor it is. For e.g. i7-6700K. This processor is an i7, obviously. The 6 in 6700 tells us that it is a 6th generation processor. The ‘K’ tells us that the processor is unlocked. This means that the processor can be overclocked. This means that there is more power in the cores and that your computer will run faster. There are 6 letters to look out for: U, Y, T, Q, H and K.

• U means Ultra Low Power (These draw less power and are better for the battery.)
• Y means Low Power (Normally found on older laptops and mobile phone processors.)
• T means Power Optimized (Normally for desktop processors.)
• Q means Quad-core (Only for processors with 4 cores.)
• H means High Performance Graphics (The chipset has one of Intel’s better units in it.)
• Finally, K means unlocked (This means that you can overclock the processor above its rating.)

The main difference between i3, i5 and i7 is that i3 is the processor with the least amount of cores and does not use turbo boost (speeds up your tasks) therefore not the best performance. I5 uses turbo boost and has more cores meaning it can run more tasks at a time. The i7 processors are the same as the I5 processors but have more cores which make it even faster and guarantee the performance of your laptop or computer to be a lot faster.

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