Processors are the heart of a computer. It is one of the main factors which should be considered while buying any laptop or a desktop computer. Currently, in the market, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to processors. So in this post, we will be comparing Intel’s processor family starting with Core i3, Corei5, Corei7, and Core i9. We will also be guiding on as per the need which processor suits the best.
We will be considering the latest ice lake 10th Gen processors of all the series. The processor is based on 10nm+ and 14nm technology making it strong and power-efficient as well.
This is the entry-level processor of Intel’s processors. The latest Intel’s Core i3 10th Gen is a very good processor for those lite users who have day-to-day usage of watching videos, browsing, word documents, and casual multi-tasking. Users can try and play lite games which should work just fine. Anything above that is hard to support.
The computers powered by Core i3 are usually in the budget segment and gives out good value for money. They also have the new Intel UHD with its 32 graphics cores is faster than the 24-core UHD 620 of the 8th Gen i3 chips. The 10th Gen i3 chips start with 2 cores and 4 threading technology but go all the way up to 4 cores and 8 threads which gives the maximum frequency of 4.60 GHz.
The mid-range Core i5 processors are the best to opt for. it gives the most value for money and can do almost all of the task without a sweat. The ice lake i5 chipsets are very much powerful and are good for moderate to heavy gaming. This processor is mostly suitable for those who are handling business and needs to do moderately heavy multi-tasking or for gamers to play heavy games on low settings. If coupled with a good graphic card it can handle almost any high-end games on low to medium settings pretty well. It is great for multi-taskers as it can do a lot more at the same time when compared to Core i3.
Designers and photographers can opt this without a second thought. Users can even get a temporary boost when using demanding programs with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The base model of Core i5 has 4 cores with 8 threads and go up to 6 cores with 12 threads and has a maximum turbo boost frequency of 4.80 GHz.
This segment of the processor is the beginning of a high-end processor. It is the flagship-level processor and comes in flagship computers only. The Core i7 processors are meant to be used for heavy usage. It has all the power you need to do anything be it heavy multi-tasking, designing, video rendering, or heavy gaming.
The Core i7 can do it all with ease. The i7 has 6 true cores and the technology to create another 6 virtual cores, says it all, it has enough power for the most demanding tasks. You can watch and edit videos in 4k without a hitch at all. The processor truly withholds its name a true flagship-level processor. Some key features of i7 are each core uses 2 threads rather than 1 with Intel Hyper-Threading technology and it has a large cache memory size resulting in doing the repetitive tasks at a faster rate.
It supports an insanely large 16 MB of cache memory and goes up to 5 GHz of frequency. Which is a lot when it comes to raw performance. Every brand’s high-end computers are preferred to have a core i7 processor. The processor also has intel turbo boost technology 3.0.
This is the newest addition to intel’s series of processors. Besides being newest it is the top tier extremely powerful processor. The Core i9 processor is not everyone’s cup of tea as it would be an overkill for most of the users. The Core i9 processors are recommended for those people who have an extremely high usage of 3D graphics and video rendering or they want to play extremely high-end games with the highest level of graphics settings. This doesn’t even break a sweat even on VR based high-end games.
The Core i9 processors have massive 20 MB of Cache memory which can increase the speed of repetitive tasks by a lot. On top of that, the core i9 processors start with 8 cores and 16 threads and the extremely powerful variant of core i9 processor has 18 core chipset and 36 threads technology which is just insane. This processor can give you the ultimate best experience of gaming which anyone can have. But on the downside, if you are using this processor you do need to keep in mind that the rest of the hardware is also high-end otherwise it will just bottleneck the RAM and other hardware and the core power of the i9 will be wasted.
If you have lite usage and want to use for documents, browsing presentations, and watching videos anything powering the 10th gen Core i3 processor should be good. Whereas, if you have slight gaming in mind and want to do casual video and picture editing then the Core i5 processor is the processor to go with.
However, if your sole purpose is high-end ultimate gaming and wants to have a good gaming experience go for Core i7 processors and if you really want to have an overkill future proof ultimate gaming processor then go for the Core i9 processors. Also if you buy the K variant of the Core i5, i7, i9 processors you can even get the option to overclock them as per your need