Help Me Choose: Processor
|The processor, or CPU, processes the critical information and instructions that make your computer perform. Think of it as the system’s brains, 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 well into the future.
Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 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 movies or run multiple applications simultaneously with virus protection in the background.
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Ultimate performance: Accelerates everything! Intel Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology unlock your full potential with the ultimate smart performance of a Dell PC powered by the Intel Core i7 processor.
Intel Core i7 Processor
Turbo-charged performance: Features smart multitasking support. Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance.
Intel Core i5 Processor
Fast and smart performance: A Dell PC powered by the Intel Core i3 processor delivers a fast, responsive experience so you can do the things you love.
Intel Core i3 Processor
An efficient 64-bit dual-core processor able to access and work with data at fast speeds.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
|The low-cost option for efficient, high-performance Intel Core technology.|
Intel Core2 Solo Processor
|Dual-core performance ideal for multitasking and everyday computing.||Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor|
|The low-cost option, great for basic business and personal productivity applications.|
Intel® Celeron® M Processor