Intel is one of my favorite companies. They create amazing things and are active in the community. But I think Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 take the cake when it comes to convoluted product naming strategies. I mean, that’s a fantastic question! What exactly is a Core i7 479GK processor?
What exactly does all of this imply? We’ll talk about it later. But first, a little background on why processors require product names.
Isn’t it easier to simply identify them with the number of gigahertz they operate at and call it a day? Simpler, in some ways, but at times even more perplexing.
When the Pentium 4 was introduced, for example, an equivalently clocked Pentium 3 was really faster since it could do more work per cycle. As a client, I would assume that the product with the greater number is superior! That is the crux of the issue. Not all megahertz and gigahertz are created equal, and ranking things in this manner is akin to rating a car’s performance based on the engine’s RPM.
It’s not a true representation of the processor’s speed!
But that did happen. One of AMD’s attempts to get away from this began in the early 2000s with their P.R. or performance rating naming scheme, in which their processors were given a four-digit model number that enthusiasts believe was based on the performance AMD felt they delivered compared to an Intel CPU of the same clock speed. However, this had little effect.
They were still implicitly naming CPUs based on clock speed, and the megahertz battle didn’t finish until Intel produced the Core series. A line of CPUs that outperformed their predecessors at far lower clock speeds. Since Intel needed to refocus their marketing away from frequency. So that’s what we’ve got today. Aside from the most basic Pentium skews, a Core i3 will be your most basic option. With two processing cores and hyper-threading for greater multi-tasking . It will have a smaller cache, use less power, and perform worse than the Core i5, but it will be less expensive.
The Core i5 is the result of this.
I wish I could just declare that Core i3 processors have two cores and Core i5 processors have four cores. N minus one equals the number of cores, where N is the number following the little i. (buzz) However, this is not the case. Mobile Core i5 processors have two cores with hyper-threading. But desktop Core i5 processors typically have four cores and no hyper-threading. They all have better onboard graphics and turbo boost for temporary performance boosts when your system requires a little extra.
Core i7s, too, with umph in mind. Number one, all Core i7 processors support hyper-threading for intensive tasks, and number two, that’s the sound your head will make after I finish this explanation. A Core i7 processor can have up to eight processing cores, ranging from two in an Ultrabook to eight in a workstation. It could support anywhere from two to eight memory sticks, with a TDP ranging from roughly 10 watts to 130 watts.
So there’s a lot of variety here, and that’s a good thing.
In comparison to lower-tier processors, Core i7s have greater cache, faster turbo boost, and superior onboard graphics. Apart than that, I suppose the best summary I can provide is this. A Core i7 is the best Intel has to offer for a specific use case. With the major disadvantage being the higher price tag. When it comes down to it, that’s all there is to the I whatever the numbers indicate. Within a specific sector, there is good, better, and best.
Beyond that, they’re largely meaningless on their own. If you use the guide from previously, the numbers and letters following that have some meaning. The safest method to shop is to rummage around in ARK and compare the features. Core counts, and clock speeds of the CPUs you’re considering, with the good news being that those measurements will actually mean something if you compare within one brand and within the same product generation.