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 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.

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 an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, you have the ability to download and edit high-definition (HD) videos, convert media for use on social networks and portable devices, run multiple applications simultaneously with virus protection in the background, and triumph in mainstream and high-end games.

New 6th Gen Intel® Processor:
Built to outperform.
The new standard for PC performance has arrived with Intel® 6th Gen Core™ processors! From the blazing fast startups to natural interaction through touch, voice and facial recognition, you immediately realize the bar has been raised. Amazing responsiveness lets you rocket between apps and browsing. 4K Ultra HD video content leaps off the screen. And, by enabling the exciting Windows 10 features, the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors empower you to unleash your imagination and explore the possibilities.

5th Gen Intel® Processor:
Premium performance, powerful possibilities.
With premium performance and stunning visuals, the 5th gen Intel® Core™ processor has the power to take your computing to a new level. Enjoy exceptionally smooth, seamless video chats and amazing battery life that keeps you productive on the go. That's serious processing. Only with Intel Inside®.

Improved performance, better battery life.
4th Gen Intel® processors are power efficient without sacrificing performance and provide up to 2x better graphics performance versus previous generations. View your photos, movies and media in stunning clarity — even when you’re on the go.

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.

IntelWhich 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 media capability.
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 select Alienware™ systems.
Intel® Core™ i7
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 quicker, saving you time. Core i7 is available on select Dell systems.
Intel® Core™ i5
Core i5
Apart from providing great graphics and multitasking, 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.
Intel® Core™ i3
Core i3
Core i3 processors are perfect for everyday applications and are a huge step up from Intel® Pentium® processors. Featuring two cores, four-way multitask processing and new graphics 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.
pentiumIntel® Pentium® dual core processor
Dual core performance ideal for multitasking and everyday computing.
CeleronIntel® Celeron® M processor
The low-cost option, great for basic business and personal productivity applications.

AMD Which processor is best for me?
Today, AMD offers two APU levels: C-Series and E-Series. The C-Series is designed to deliver an amazing HD internet experience, while the E-Series is part of AMD’s Vision technology platform, designed to deliver the ultimate visual experience. While both series include on-processor graphics, AMD E-Series APUs can also support "switchable" graphics, meaning the system using the on-processor graphics for mainstream activities such as reading email or writing notes can "switch" to power on the optional discrete graphics for activities such as gaming, watching or transcoding HD video, or editing photos. Depending on the number of cores within each processor, you can get more multitasking capability, extra speed or advanced digital media consumption
HD Internet Technology is AMD’s APU-based technology for netbooks and entry-level laptops that enables smooth HD-streaming video, fast internet browsing and long battery life. Users can enjoy smooth HD-streaming video, rich online content and faster web surfing for favorite social media sites.
Vision AMD E-Series APU
Vision technology is a combination of advanced HD graphics and multi-core PC processors in one efficient and powerful platform. It enables quick loading, rich web content and sharp photos; watching hours of HD Video playback in beautiful detail and color; and playing casual games with smooth, realistic graphics.