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 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, 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 movies 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 versus 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.
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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

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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

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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

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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 while 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 you need to get things done faster. Dell offers 2nd and 3rd Gen Intel® dual-, quad- and six-core processor PCs.