Intel Core i3 Vs Core i5 processors – comparision, difference
Most of the new processors today ( as of July 2010) are coming equipped with either the intel core i3 or the intel core i5 processor. The major difference between these two processor is the absence or presence of the Turbo Boost Technology.
What is Turbo Boost Technology – Turbo boost technology is a way to increase the processor core frequency on demand. For example the the nominal core frequency of the intel i5-450M is 2.4GHz while its turbo boost frquency 2.66 GHz. So the processor will normally run at 2.4 GHz, however, should a process demand very high computing power, the processor steps up its core frequency to 2.66 GHz to cope up with the processing power demand.
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The Intel core i5-460M as well as the Core i3-380M are both 2.53 GHz processors. So what is the difference in performance ? Check this out in Core i5-460M Vs Core i3-380M Comparison.
Turbo boost technology helps keep the power consumption low under normal circumstances. This helps save the battery power without sacrificing the peak performance.
Obviously the intel core i5 processor are more expensive that the similarly powered core i3 processors. If you expect to need more processing power occasionally ( for example, if you need to do video encoding or you often need to compile some program), the core i5 processor is more suitable for you. If you however expect to mostly do browsing, wordpress, spreadsheet and presentation kind of thing, you may like to save few dollars by sticking to the i3 processor.
You probably already made the choice when you go and purchase the notebook or the desktop. If a choice exist this article help you in making a choice.
Both Core i3-350M and Core i5-430M are similarly clocked at 2.26 GHz. Checkout the difference in performance in Core i3-350M Vs Core i5-430M
Also noticeable is the fact that the core i5 processors come in the dual core as well as quad core. The dual core i5 are similar to the i3 processors, while the quad core i3 processors are closer to their core i7 counterpart.