Top 5 Intel Processors

Geek!This is Aidan Allen’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

  1. Intel Core i7 Extreme – A good choice if you are a hardcore gamer and want the best graphics and performance processor. The clear graphics will leave you wondering which reality is and which is not. This all comes at an incredible speed, of 3.46GHz, for each of the 4 cores, which all comes at £899.99 or $1,495.99.
  2. Intel Core i7 – The next choice down for serious gamers. It provides you with HD Graphics and great responsiveness which is perfect for Gaming, Video editing, and Web browsing – all with the performance you need. All at around 2.93GHz and again the adding feature of 4 cores giving you the edge for all your needs, but it does come at a price of £259.36 or $565.99.
  3. Intel Core 2 Quad – With 4 cores again to offer high end graphics and speeds of up to 2.93GHz, this is perfect for HD encoding photo editing and even HD gaming; it has 50% faster graphics than the old Intel Core 2 Quad HD Processor. All of this adds up to bring you the best overall performance for your PC, all at around £184.00 or $317.50.
  4. Intel Core 2 Duo – This is the processor for an average home computer. This is a good choice if you are not into gaming and just want the basic all around processor. With only 2 cores it is the most energy efficient processor made by Intel. It does support HD video and has some good solid performance. This runs around £159.99 or $210.99, but amazingly for that price you have 2 Cores both running at an incredible 3.16GHz helping you make the most of your PC.
  5. Intel Centrino 2 – This is a notebook processor but you are able to be the most productive you ever be. With integrated wireless technology with a speed of 2.8GHz in both two Core. This processor is designed to have longer battery life when you are away from your power supply. The integrated Wi-Fi manages two times better range and five times more internet performance. This processor can’t just be bought off of the internet – you have to buy a laptop that has the processor included. No fuss and bother in installing it.
  6. That is my top 5 list of the best processors that you can buy. I hope this will help you and kept you up to date with all the processors that have just come out from Intel including the “i7 Extreme” and the “i7” itself, along with the other processors mentioned in this article. I hoped this helps you if you are building a PC, and gives you the advice and choices about processors you may be looking for.

6 thoughts on “Top 5 Intel Processors”

  1. Actually, as beastly as the Extreme i7 is, the very reason for it’s incredible computational power makes it actually a little lackluster in the gaming world.

    i7, for no easier way to say it, brings HyperThreading back. (Ah, the good ol’ days… of 2000.) What does this mean? Well, it has four physical cores, and allows each of those cores run a second virtual core (kind of like a virtual machine letting you run two ‘systems’ at once.)

    Now, what does this all add up to? Well, it’s GREAT (and I mean GREAT) if you’re doing something that’s really scalar in terms of processor load, such as video/audio editing or encoding, photo manipulation or the like, or compiling code.

    Sadly, however, almost every game out there doesn’t take advantage of more than two cores, let alone more than four, or even four physical and four virtual cores.

    If you want to play games, it’s true that more is almost better. Will an i7 Extreme outperform anything? Sure. If you threw an i7 Extreme at any game on the market, it would probably come out on top. The question becomes not how much it’s on top, but at what cost?

    Seeing as most games only USE at MOST two cores (All of Valve’s Source Engine games, for instance, only use one) you’re better off having a dual-core at a higher clock (Such as the Wolfdale E8000 series, such as the E8400 or higher).

    In the end, the i7 may be slightly ahead by a few percent on the charts when it comes down to it, but to the average consumer, it’s going to be far more cost effective to spend 500 dollars on a 300 dollar processor and a 200 dollar LGA775 motherboard than 1300 on a i7 Extreme and a 300 dollar 1366 motherboard, not to mention more because of DDR3 being mandatory.

    Then there’s simply the power savings. While to most it is a trifle, consider that a Core i7 is 130W TDP, while a 45nm Wolfdale is 65W TDP, meaning less power from the wall, a lower power bill, and a cooler and therefore quieter rig. This whole point is slightly nullified by the fact that most people with a Wolfdale overclock them. (Which I can’t fault, they overclock like a dream, and most people can get a 25% OC on air cooling with no trouble, higher on liquid cooling)

    In addition, most games today don’t really load a processor all that much. A higher-end graphics solution, especially with physics support being offloaded to graphics cards more and more today (moreso by nVidia than ATi, I believe, correct me if I’m wrong.) is the real concern for gaming.

    Bottom line: Yes, the i7 is the top dog, but putting it into a gaming rig shows you have more money than common sense.

    You’re better off getting an E8400 with a solid motherboard, some aftermarket CPU cooling, overclocking it ~10-20% to ~3.5 GHz, (or leaving it stock if you’re not an overclocker) and a better graphics solution with that 7-800 USD you saved over going i7.

    Now, before you go railing on me for ripping on your list, I’m not ripping on your list as much as you think. The i7 is indeed the top dog in terms of Top 5 intel processors. I only debate your claim that the i7 is the best for gaming, while Core 2 Duo’s are for people who are “… not into gaming and just want the basic all around processor.” The fact of the matter is: 95%, if not more of the games on the market today don’t even use two cores, let alone four, or eight.

    While the claim that the i7 is best IS true the i7 Extreme, and for that matter all but the i7 920 (the lowest end i7,) is a classic case of the bleeding edge of technology being for people with more money than common sense, or simply a lust for 5% performance gains at a disproportionate cost.

    Now, this will change by most likely mid-2009, when the Socket 1366 loses it’s enthusiast-only reputation, motherboard manufactures come out with budget boards, DDR3 drops in price. All of this will most likely also coincide with <200 USD i7 processors.

  2. I don’t know when you wrote this and I know that monetary values have changed rapidly but I don’t think things have changed as fast as your calculations might lead us to believe. At today’s rate of (assuming you are talking in British pounds) Br£1.00 = US$1.47
    £899.99 is $1,322.737, not $1,495.99.
    £259.36 is $381.19, not $565.99.
    and £184.00 is $270.43, not $317.50. If, in fact, your calculations are correct at the time of your writing then the pound is taking a much heavier hit than the dollar in this world-wide depression

  3. i am a gamer…i got a PS3….a PS2,PSP and a laptop….the laptops memeory is nearly over…..and i want to buy a new one……….which runs games such as assassins creed revalations…minecraft…that stuff…..nor i want it to be very expensive…..should i take i5 or core 2 dou…pls email me..

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