Core i7 vs i5

Previously, we covered all of the intricacies between Xeon and i5/i7 processors. Now let’s take a look at what distinguishes an Intel Core i7 from an Intel Core i5. Do you need which type of processor? Will getting an I7 make any difference when compared to the less expensive counterpart? If you’re struggling to decide, here are some handy rules of thumb you can use to guide your purchase decision-including distinctions between current generation components as well!

Intel Core i7 – the Pros

Cache – L3 cache is where recent calculations are stored to speed up future calculations. To make recalculations almost instantaneous, the CPU stores the framework for each number and formula in a spreadsheet. One of the benefits of owning an Intel Core i7 chip over one that doesn’t include this type of memory would be 20% more cache than what is available with its predecessor; the Intel Core i5 chip.

Higher CPU Speed – Though the average i5 performs equally to a low-end i7 in regard to base clock speed, there’s no competition with the high-end models like the Core i7-12700k. If you need the fastest maximum core speeds possible—and corresponding turbo boost–the highest-rated model wins by far.

Hyperthreading – This is the big guy. Hyperthreading (often abbreviated as HT), means that on top of physical cores, there are virtual threads – basically doubling the amount of available processing power without buying a new chip. Remember, it was only recently added to some lower-end processors, so make sure to pay attention to how many virtual cores versus physical ones you’re looking at for your specific needs.

Intel Core i5 – the Pros

Value – the low cost of Intel Core i5 series means it offers better value to many consumers, so long as your applications are not taking advantage of the performance advantages outlined below.

Six Cores+ – Compared to some other Core i7 processors, these lack a few special features of the high-end CPU. However, they all come with six physical cores for powerful multi-tasking and running apps that were not designed to access virtual ones.

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