Help Me Choose: Intel® Processors
The processor or CPU processes the critical information and instructions that make your computer perform. Think of it as the system’s brain, enabling it to run the applications and other operations.
The speed at which your system runs programs, loads images and downloads files depends in part on the processor. Bandwidth, clock speed and the number of cores in the processor all help to determine processor performance. As a general rule, a higher number indicates higher performance.
Upgrading a processor after you purchase your computer can be costly and difficult. Because of this, Dell recommends that you choose a processor with enough performance to meet your needs far into the future.
Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7, 2nd and 3rd Gen processors are designed to deliver faster and smarter performance. Depending on the processor you choose, you can get more multitasking capacity, extra speed on demand and breakthrough performance on digital media consumption and creation. For example, with the Intel® Core™ i5 processor, you have the ability to download and edit high definition (HD) videos, watch HD films or run multiple applications simultaneously with virus protection in the background.
3rd Gen processors are based on a new processor design giving you higher performance and power efficiency vs. 2nd Gen.
3rd Gen processors also add new graphics for higher resolution and improved 3D playback, along with USB 3.0 support for faster data transfers to your mobile device.
|Which processor is best for me?|
When it comes to choosing a processor, keep in mind that a higher number generally indicates better performance. Available in three performance levels, Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors are designed to deliver faster, smarter performance. Depending on the number of cores within each processor, you can get more multitasking capability, extra speed or advanced digital media consumption.
Intel® Core™ i7
|Core™ i7 Extreme|
At the top rung is Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition, which has all the capabilities of Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7, plus greater performance, thanks to six cores, more onboard memory and 12-way multitask processing. Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme processors also enable you to overclock* the CPU for even greater performance, perfect for serious media enthusiasts and hard-core gamers. Core™ i7 Extreme is available on selected Alienware™ systems.
Intel® Core™ i7
Thanks to new processor technology that adapts to meet your needs and enables you to multitask faster; Core™ i7 processors have all the capabilities of Core™ i3 and i5, plus they deliver serious PC performance, especially when it comes to creating digital videos, music and photos. With four- and eight-way* multitask processing, you can get things done more quickly, saving you time. Core™ i7 is available on selected Dell systems.
Intel® Core™ i5
Apart from providing great visuals and multi-tasking, Core™ i5 processors automatically speed up when your PC needs a little extra boost, thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. With four-way multitask processing, you can get many things done at once. Plus, you can watch all your online content on the big screen with Intel® Wireless Display.
Intel® Core™ i3
Core™ i3 processors are perfect for everyday applications and are a huge step up from Pentium® processors. Featuring two cores, four-way multitask processing and new visual capabilities, you can be sure that you will have the performance you need to get your everyday tasks done faster and enjoy a great visual experience.
When choosing a multi-core processor, it helps to know what a core does. A processor core channels the data threads that carry out the commands required to run the applications on your computer. Older, single-core processors could only process one thread at a time. When processing more than one task, such as surfing the web or playing an MP3, single-core processors alternated between each thread, processing a small chunk of data each time. This often resulted in a noticeable system slowdown.
Dual, quad and six core processors are available to give you the performance that you need to get things done faster. Dell offers 2nd and 3rd Gen Intel dual, quad and six core processor PCs.