Perhaps the biggest improvement is in the area of embedded graphics. With this new generation of CPUs the graphics are now known as HD 4600 and with the change of name comes about a significant improvement in performance, especially for 3D games and applications. Furthermore, up to three separate displays can now be driven simultaneously, reducing the need for a discrete graphics card where triple-head monitors are required.
Guide to suffix variants
The single-letter suffix on each model of processor denotes whether it can be overclocked (K), or is low-power (S) or ultra-low power (T). Note that 'power' in this context refers to electrical power, not computational power. We recommend S or T suffix processors where cool-running / energy saving is required, or K-series processors where maximum performance is desirable and sufficient cooling can be provided accordingly. Features Variant performance comparisons
In terms of computational performance, Intel don't provide official figures for their processors because so much depends on other hardware such as motherboard, type of memory, etc. So instead, we would suggest that potential customers refer to real-world empirical performance benchmarks such as those published by Passmark and quoted in the specification table below. These allow a simple comparison to be made between the different variants of processors and are based upon the averaged results of many users' PC systems across the world. An opinion about the relative performance differences between each model of processor can therefore be quickly formed.
Core i5 / Core i7 differences
In essence, Core i5 processors are designed to be more affordable, lower performing versions of the Core i7 parts. There will certainly be some overlap in performance between the highest-end i5 processors and the cheapest i7 versions, but in essence the Core i5 range has a smaller cache (6MB rather than 8MB), a fewer maximum number of threads (4 not 8) and the omission of Hyper-Threading (HT Technology).
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Date Issued: 9th May 2014
Intel launched a bevy of Haswell Core processors last June. Presented in a LGA1150 form factor and therefore physically different to the LGA1155 Ivy Bridge processors of the year before, new chipsets were also launched to support these new chips.
Date Issued: 31st Aug 2013
Intel launched premium Haswell chips first, promising mainstream parts in the near future.That near future is now, September 1, as the chip giant is rolling out a comprehensive number of new chips in one fell swoop.
Date Issued: 1st Jun 2013
With PC and mobile converging quicker than ever before, Intel needs to reassert its presence in portable devices with an architecture that can scale across multiple platforms. That quest begins with the introduction of the fourth-generation Core processor family, codenamed Haswell.