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Intel Processors

Traditionally, Intel has rated its processors by GHz and people have compared processors based on speed alone. Now, Intel arranges its products by family numbers. In a family of processors, you can compare attributes such as speed and the amount of cache memory and other technologies. Table 3.3 shows Intel’s processor families. Figure 3.16 shows a close-up of a processor installed into the motherboard.

TABLE 3.3 Intel processor families

Processor family*


Core i7

Multi-core with cache memory shared between cores and on-board memory controller. Good for virtualization, graphic/multimedia design and creation, and gaming.

Core i5

Midrange dual- and quad-core processor. Used for video, photos, and email, and Internet access.

Core i3

Low-end desktop and mobile processor used for common tasks such as word processing and Internet access.


Single- or dual-core desktop/laptop processor for general computing.


Entry-level desktop or mobile device processor for general computing.


Mobile Internet device processor.

*Intel is constantly upgrading processors. For more information, visit www.intel.com.

Figure 3.16

Figure 3.16 Installed processor

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