Ok so I'm helping a friend pick a PC (Desktop) and was just wondering how many cores does the I versions have? (i3,i5,i7)? :)
Answer by Angelwork · Dec 28, 2011 at 06:09 PM
The current gen Intel core series varies from 2-6 cores. You don't only want to look at cores when comparing processors though. When comparing the i3 i5 and i7 series, you have to consider that the i5 has more efficient architecture than the i3 and the i7 more efficient architecture than the i5. Also, one has to take into consideration clock speed, power consumption (if you're building the PC or plan on adding lots or peripherals) and whether or not the multipliers are unlocked allowing overclocking. In general you can tell if an Intel CPU is if it's an extreme edition chip. Some BIOS mods however allow for non X-edition processors to be overclocked. I hope this helps. I just tried to sum up what I wasn't confident with about processors before I got into being enthused about computer hardware. Good luck!
Answer by Compucore · Dec 28, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Here is an easy way to take a look by model for several types of CPU's like Intel and AMD. http://www.cpu-world.com/ You'll see in the specs for the individual processors the kind of Core's they use for a given microprocessor. They date back as far back as the early 70's when intel came out with the 4004 processor as well.
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