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Intel’s Sandy Bridge Family o Chips Corei3, Core i5, Core i7 , What’s the Diference ?
Intel’s Sandy Bridge Family o Chips Corei3, Core i5, Core i7 , What’s the Diference ?
We take a look at Intel’s Sandy Bridge family of chips
Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs have beenaround for over a year now, but some buyers stillget stumped whenever they attempt to build theirown systems and are forced to choose among thethree. With the more recent Sandy Bridge archi-tecture now on store shelves, we expect the latestwave of buyers to ask the same kind of questions.
What’s the diference between an IntelCore i3, i5 and i7?
We take a look at Intel’s Sandy Bridgefamily of chips Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 — the difference in a nutshellIf you want a plain and simple answer, then generally
speaking, Core i7s are better than Core i5s, whichare in turn better than Core i3s. Nope, Core i7 doesnot have seven cores nor does Core i3 have threecores. The numbers are simply indicative of theirrelative processing powers.Their relative levels of processing power are also
signied by their Intel Processor Star Ratings, which
are based on a collection of criteria involving their
number of cores, clockspeed (in GHz), size of cache,
as well as some new Intel technologies like TurboBoost and Hyper-Threading.Core i3s are rated with three stars, i5s have four
stars, and i7s have ve. If you’re wondering why
the ratings start with three, well they actually don’t.
The entry-level Intel CPUs — Celeron and Pentium — get one and two stars respectively.Note: Core processors can be grouped in terms of 
their target devices, i.e., those for laptops and those
for desktops. Each has its own specic characteris
-tics/specs. To avoid confusion, we’ll focus on thedesktop variants. Note also that we’ll be focusingon the 2nd Generation (Sandy Bridge) Core CPUs. 
See Also:
Number o cores
The more cores there are, the more tasks (known as
threads) can be served at the same time. The lowest
number of cores can be found in Core i3 CPUs, i.e.,
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which have only two cores. Currently, all Core i3sare dual-core processors.Currently all Core i5 processors, except for the i5-661, are quad cores in Australia. The Core i5-661is only a dual-core processor with a clockspeed of 
3.33 GHz. Remember that all Core i3s are also dual
cores. Furthermore, the i3-560 is also 3.33GHz, yeta lot cheaper. Sounds like it might be a better buythan the i5. What gives?At this point, I’d like to grab the opportunity to il-lustrate how a number of factors affect the overall
processing power of a CPU and determine whether
it should be considered an i3, an i5, or an i7.
Even if the i5-661 normally runs at the same clocks-
peed as Core i3-560, and even if they all have the
same number of cores, the i5-661 benets from a
technology known as Turbo Boost.
Intel Turbo Boost
The Intel Turbo Boost Technology allows a processorto dynamically increase its clockspeed whenever theneed arises. The maximum amount that Turbo Boost
can raise clockspeed at any given time is dependenton the number of active cores, the estimated current
consumption, the estimated power consumption,and the processor temperature.
For the Core i5-661, its maximum allowable proces-
sor frequency is 3.6 GHz. Because none of the Corei3 CPUs have Turbo Boost, the i5-661 can outrunthem when it needs to. Because all Core i5 proces-sors are equipped with the latest version of thistechnology— Turbo Boost 2.0 — all of them canoutrun any Core i3.
Cache size
Whenever the CPU nds that it keeps on using the
same data over and over, it stores that data in its
cache. Cache is just like RAM, only faster — because
it’s built into the CPU itself. Both RAM and cache
serve as holding areas for frequently used data.Without them, the CPU would have to keep on rea-ding from the hard disk drive, which would take alot more time.
Basically, RAM minimises interaction with the hard
disk, while cache minimises interaction with the
RAM. Obviously, with a larger cache, more data can
be accessed quickly. All Core i3 processors have 3MB
of cache. All Core i5s, except again for the 661 (only
4MB), have 6MB of cache. Finally, all Core i7 CPUshave 8MB of cache. This is clearly one reason why
an i7 outperforms an i5 — and why an i5 outper-forms an i3.
Strictly speaking, onlyone thread can be ser-ved by one core at a
time. So if a CPU is a dual
core, then supposedly
only two threads can be
served simultaneously.
However, Intel has in-troduced a technologycalled Hyper-Threa-ding. This enables a single core to serve multiplethreads.
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