For those who wanted to buy laptop/desktop, but not sure of what specification to choose or to look at, this blog is for you.
We have 2 biggest player for processor maker in the world, Intel and AMD.
However, this page is going to focus on Intel Architecture as it has almost dominate the whole market.
For those who did not follow or subscribe on technology newsfeed, you may have difficulty identifying their processor.
Question that you will always ask are somehow somewhere listed in below.
- What processor shall i choose?
- Which processor is the latest and the best?
- How to decide which processor suit me most?
- Why Intel put so much naming that confuse most of people?
- When Intel will release their new processor again?
Are those questions look familiar to you? If yes then you are in the right page. Just keep reading. 🙂
If you look into the Market, there are whole bunch of numbers and alphabet written on Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron continue with some sort of number which tends to make people confuse. Worry not as i’ll reveal it to all one by one.
Since 2008 Intel have created their code name of core i3, i5, and i7, and have renewed every i3, i5 and i7 with new architecture/new process every year.
Overall, Intel processor does have naming as below.
- Core i7
- Core i5
- Core i3
For Xeon, people may not heard of it pretty much. That is because Xeon is actually naming for their server segment. Companies such as Facebook, twitter, google will need those processor to serve their server management.
For consumer segment, Core is the one you shall be looking at. The differences between i3, i5 and i7 are as the number goes higher, the better the performance. However, to actually categorize the processor, we should be looking at the generation of intel processor. Intel release new processor every year with the same label i3, i5, i7 with improve graphics, cache, clock, thread and performance. While these terms may seems difficult to understand, we can look at the sticker to know determine the generation.
The first generation of intel core processor sticker look like this.
The 2nd and 3rd Generation of Intel Core processor sticker changes as below.
The 4th and 5th Generation of Intel Core changed again.
After you have the idea of what generation it is, we can now dive deeper into knowing what the exact generation base on the code name.
If you see
Intel® Core™ i7-4900MQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Look at the first number, 4 means it is the 4th generation. Easy right?
Now let’s take a look at next example. If you see
Intel® Core™ i3-2130 Processor (3M Cache, 3.40 GHz)
Look at the number after the i3, the 2 means it’s a second generation. BOOM. You got the idea now.
Notice that you see details such as 3M cache, 8M cache, up to 3.4Ghz, up to 3.8Ghz written next to intel processor.
Cache means a small memory located very near to CPU, the bigger the cache the better your CPU respond.
3.4Ghz and 3.8Ghz means the maximum frequency that you CPU can ran on.
In other word just take it as the higher the number the better it works.
So it comes to the matter of choosing the correct Processor for you.
For Heavy Gamer, it’s best to choose core i7.
You’ll need very high performance on rendering the graphics with execution speed.
For Heavy Office workload, it’s best to choose i5.
All the software that you install like photoshop, autocad, matlab etc.
For Entry level for everything especially for student, it’s best to choose i3.
If you are not using any of the professional software, i3 will do the job.
For Intel Pentium, the mechanism works the same as Core,
Intel® Pentium® Processor G2120 (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) for older generation WHILE
Intel® Pentium® Processor G3470 (3M Cache, 3.60 GHz) for newer generation.
The biggest difference between Pentium and Core is that Pentium usually offers very poor graphic performance and so you’ll need extra graphic card for it to work.
For Intel Celeron, it’s basically a budget type of processor, the lowest spec among all. The mechanism works differ than Pentium and Core. Honestly if you intend to purchase intel celeron processor you would not focus more on the spec and so.
For Budget type of people that just want to browse website, watch movie and listen to music and worst, simple microsoft word, then Celeron are for you. But seriously, in my personal opinion, you can use your mobile phone and tablet for THAT purpose. Unless you really need the Microsoft word for a computer, i strongly suggest you take the i3 package.
WHY INTEL COMES UP with so much naming that confuse consumer?
Well, if you really look at the reality, Intel foundry technology are always 3-5 years ahead of others. Hence, it’s very difficult to mantain each and every silicon produced in a lot to have all same performance. Some will have better spec, while some will have some defects. However, the defects doesn’t mean that Intel must throw it away. The typical mechanism is still there, so why the waste? Say for example, if their design is to have 40 execution units of graphics engine inside their chip, but somehow somewhere when it’s actually came out, half of them have defects. So they will fused the half and salvage the other half to sell you in a lower range of specification, say i3 or pentium if most of Graphics doesn’t work out.
OH I SEE. So how do i know when intel will be launching their new processor? If you look into the calendar, they’ll most probably launch new product on either during Summer time or Winter time in US. It’s festival season and they wouldn’t want to miss the money making opportunity.
So that’s all about Intel processor and i hope that you get benefited from this post.
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