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Comparing Intel’s Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 Processors

Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs are dominating the PC market, but, which processor is right for you?

Simply put, a Core i7 is better than an i5, which is better than a Core i3. However, looking into their individual specifications makes matters a lot more complicated.

Number Of Cores and Threads

As you would expect, the Core i7 has more cores than its predecessors, ranging from four to eight cores. Meanwhile, the Core i3 has three cores and the Core i5 have four.

Essentially, the more cores there are, the more data the CPU can handle, and therefore, the more tasks or threads your PC can work on simultaneously.

Intel also have an advanced technology called Hyper Threading that enables each core to serve multiple threads. So, a standard eight Core i7 processor could run sixteen threads simultaneously, a Core i5 processor could run 8 cores simultaneously and a Core i3 processor could run six cores simultaneously.

Unfortunately, older Core i5 CPUs do not support hyper-threading, and therefore, one core can only run one thread. However, newer i5 CPUs, such as the Kaby Lake 7400 CPU, now support hyper-threading. So, if you choose a Core i5 CPU be sure to check the specification to see if it supports this advanced technology.

Overall, the capability of Intel’s Hyper Threading technology to increase threads across all its core processors is key for the avid gamer looking to complete multiple tasks quickly and simultaneously.

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Cache Size

When you use the same data continuously, your CPU stores this data in its cache to help improve the speed at which it can complete tasks. So, the larger the cache size, the better.

The Core i3 has 3-4MB of cache, the Core i5 3-6MB and the Core i7 4-8MB of cache. The Core i7’s far superior cache is ideal for PC users looking to complete repetitive tasks faster.

Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen
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Clock Speed

At first glance, the Core i3 appears to have a faster clock speed than both the Core i5 and Core i7.

However, unlike the Core i3, the Core i7 and i5 both benefit from Intel’s Turbo Boost technology.

Turbo Boost increases the clock speed of CPUs when you need more power. This dynamic feature means that your CPU can draw less power, and usually produce less heat, by only running at a high speed when it needs to. So, although the Core i3’s base clock speed may appear higher, the Core i5 and i7 actually outperform it once Turbo Boost is taken into account.

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Comparing Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs

Processor

Cores

Hyper-Threading

Cache

Turbo Boost

Price

Core i3 2-3 Yes 3-4MB No Low
Core i5 4 No 3-6MB Yes Mid
Core i7 4-8 Yes 4-8MB Yes High

 

Should I Choose A Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 PC?

Core i3: They are ideal for browsing the internet, completing day to day tasks and make a great budget PC, ideal for basic home, work and gaming.

Core i5: Offer increased performance still for a relatively low budget price. Ideal for intermediate gamers and users who need a faster running, higher memory CPU.

Core i7: Intel’s best CPU enables you to do more simultaneously in less time, making it ideal for high-end gaming and multimedia tasks.

Whether, you decide on a Core i3, i5 or i7 PC, Expertec stock a great range of Intel PC’s, starting from just £264.99. So, what are you waiting for? Shop online today for a great gaming experience

Why Should I Choose An Intel Core i7 PC?

With more capabilities than the Core i5 and Core i3 CPUs, Intel’s Core i7 CPU is proving popular among gamers, but, why should you choose an Intel Core i7 PC?

Core i7 8700 1050Ti
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Number Of Cores and Threads

As you would expect, the Core i7 has more cores than its predecessors, ranging from four to eight cores. The more cores there are, the more data the CPU can handle, and therefore, the more tasks or threads your PC can work on simultaneously.

With the Core i3 and i5, only one thread could be served for one core. However, Core i7 processors support Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology, enabling each core to serve multiple threads. So, a standard four core i7 processor could run eight threads simultaneously.

The Core i7’s increase in cores and threads is key for the avid gamer looking to complete multiple tasks quickly and simultaneously.

Core i7 7700
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Cache Size

When you use the same data continuously, your CPU stores this data in its cache to help improve the speed at which it can complete tasks. The Core i7 features 8MB of cache, setting it apart from the the Core i3 and Core i5 which have 3-4MB and 4-6MB respectively. Again, this is ideal for PC users looking to complete repetitive tasks faster.

Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake 7th Gen
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Clock Speed

Although the Core i3 appears to have a faster clock speed than both the Core i5 and Core i7, the Core i7 and i5 both benefit from Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. Turbo Boost increases the clock speed of CPUs when you need more power. This dynamic feature means that your CPU can draw less power, and usually produce less heat, by only running at a high speed when it needs to. So, although the Core i3’s base clock speed may appear higher, the Core i7 actually outperforms it once Turbo Boost is taken into account.

Core i7 7700
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Overall Intel’s Core i7 CPU enables you to do more simultaneously in less time, making it ideal for high-end gaming and multimedia tasks. Expertec stock a great range of i7 Gaming PC’s, starting from just £509.96. So, what are you waiting for? Shop online today for a great gaming experience.

Ryzen vs Intel Processors

For years, Intel processors have dominated the PC market, but, thanks to AMD’s Ryzen processors, this could be about to change. Here, we consider some of the main benefits and pitfalls of Ryzen in comparison to Intel.

Cores and Threads

A thread is a sequence of related instructions, and most modern CPUs can manage two threads per core. The Ryzen 3 1200 starts with four cores and four threads, the Ryzen 5 1600X is a 6-core, 12-thread processor, while the Ryzen 7 series at the top of the scale features 8 cores with 16 threads.

All of the above Ryzen processors rival the number of threads and cores featured in Intel’s CPU’s, however, Intel have focused on improving the speed of their cores rather than the number.

So, what does this mean for gamers and PC users?

Gaming vs Surfing

Despite having more cores and threads, Intel keep improving the speed of their cores meaning Intel’s CPUs deliver higher frame rates than the new Ryzen processors, and, higher frame rates are currently better for games, meaning Intel’s Core i5 or i7 still dominate the gaming world.

However, for those looking to game whilst also surfing the web, streaming and creating content, then the new Ryzen processors offer improved performance compared to Intel’s CPUs, meaning the real results are dependent on what you use your PC for, and where you’d like optimum performance and speed.

Efficiency and Price

Ryzen CPU’s function with lower power consumption and cooler temperatures, meaning your PC can run more efficiently and economically.

Adding to this, most Ryzen processors are cheaper than Intel’s alternatives, while Ryzen’s new products have resulted in Intel slashing some of their prices to compete with a more competitive market.

Whether you prefer Intel or Ryzen, this added competition from Ryzen’s new CPU’s is likely to result in lower prices, new, advanced CPU’s and a more exciting gaming market competing to produce the best hardware to take gamers to another world.

Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96
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