Want to get an Intel processor for your PC or laptop but don’t know which one to choose? Do not worry.
To make the right choice, you need to consider how you want to use your machine and how much money you have. On this basis, several important performance criteria (among which the number of cores, the threads and the generation of the processor…) should hold your attention.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right Intel processor for your needs.
Choose your processor according to use
Your needs and the use you want to make of your computer are decisive in the choice of processor model. This applies to a model from Intel as to any other processor from competing manufacturers.
Depending on whether you want to perform office tasks and simple entertainment, gaming, virtual reality or 3D computer graphics, the specifications of the ideal Intel processor will not be the same.
Take into account the characteristics of the Intel processor
Once the usage is defined, you need to look at the characteristics of the processor to choose the model that offers the performance to meet your needs. Several criteria are to be considered for the choice of a processor. Below are some of the most important to look at when purchasing your Intel processor.
The number of cores
In the Intel processor lines you will find chip models with 2 to 64 cores. Each core being assimilated to an autonomous processor, the more cores the chip has, the more the system gains in computing power. It is therefore faster and can handle multiple tasks with greater fluidity.
Threads determine the number of independent processes that each core can handle simultaneously. Each core can thus be virtually duplicated by creating two or more threads. This improves performance and multitasking capabilities.
The base and turbo clock frequency
Expressed in GHz, the clock frequency determines how fast your processor operates and is able to process operations in one clock cycle. As for the turbo frequency (Boost), it estimates the maximum speed that your processor can reach. The higher the frequency, the better your system is able to run programs quickly.
The generation of the processor
Finally, you will have to choose between several generations of processor among the Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 versions. In general, the more you upgrade, the more power and performance the processor gains.