Monday, 29 July 2013

Computer Processor Explained In simple Terms!

Core i7
Processors are top-of-the-line chips from Intel. Models like the i7-3840 QM and the i7-3632 QM are part of the quad-core series (denoted by the 'Q' in their names).

At the slightly lower end, you have mainstream processors like the i7-3520 M (notice the M in the model name) that are dual-core chips. These feature a technology called Turbo that temporarily increases chip speeds if the task requires it. Core i7 processors, especially the Q series, are suitable for those who play high-end games like Battlefield 3 or Crysis 2, or people who create professional-quality multimedia content.

Core i5 and Core i3
Processors like the 3380M and the 3210M are dual core chips that also feature Turbo technology. These, however, are slower performers when compared to the i7s because of their lower clock speed. Core i5 processors are ideal for multitasking. They are also a decent budget alternative to the i7s.

Core i3 are entry level chips, dual-core processors from Intel that function at a fixed clock speed (no Turbo feature). These processors easily handle office work (Word, Excel, etc), web browsing, music, Full HD movies, casual gaming, and picture editing.

Ultra-low voltage
Processors, aka ULVs, have been specifically designed to operate at low voltages to extend battery life. You can identify them by the 'U' in their model number - the i5-3437 U and the i3-3217 U

Pentium and Celeron
These are processors that are made by Intel and found in budget laptops. The Pentium 2030M, the Pentium 987, the Celeron 1000M and the Celeron 1005M are good enough for basic office work (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web browsing.


Processors like the A10 4600M and the A8 4500M are not as powerful as Core processors, but they can encode a video or render a 3D scene in a program like 3D Max faster than a comparably priced Core i3 or Core i5. Note: When it comes to Intel, you should ask for fourth-generation Core processors (aka Haswell).

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