Should I Get The Intel i5 Or i7? Get Your Answer Here.
Should I Get The Intel i5 Or i7? Get Your Answer Here.By Liem AnthonyAre you looking to build your own computer or looking to buy a computer orlaptop and you are considering the Intel Quad Core processors; and youwant to know which is better when comparing the Intel Core i5 or i7?The simple answer will of course be that the Intel i7 is better whencomparing the i7 vs i5 if money is not the issue. However not everyone wantwould want to put their money down and buy the top end processor –especially if they do not need the features of the Intel i7; even though thedifference in the price between the i5 and i7 processors around less than$80.I was also looking for an Intel processor for a new build computer and I dida lot of research as I also do not believe in putting up more money forsomething that I may not use. However, I do not mind paying the extramoney if I can really get at least some additional benefits out of it.In the course of my reaserch, I came across this short and simple review byL2Micro which I find very easy to understand and which would like to share Page 1 of 7
with you. L2Micro did a comparison of the i7 vs i5 on the 2600k and 2500kmodels respectively. These are two of the best models of the processorswithin the i7 and i5 family.The other thing that you may like to note is the “k”. The processor with the“k” designates it as a processor that you can over clock and as such it isslightly more expensive. When I last checked at Amazon for the i5 2500k vsthe i5 2500, the difference is not that much. Only slightly over a dollar.In this case if I were to buy the i5, then I wouldn’t mind paying a dollarmore for the “k” model with a feature that I may not use now but one whichI may possibly use in the future. However it is up to you.Find out whether you should get the Intel i5 or i7 from this review of theIntel i7 vs i5; courtesy of L2Micro:5.0 out of 5 stars Youre going to love this!!!!, September11, 2011By L2MICROGreetings and welcome to the ultimate review; written by: L2MICRO! (CPUCode name: Sandy Bridge)This chip handles everything! It is great for gaming, photo editing, videostreaming, etc.First Things First (If you are building your own computer)(IMPORTANT!!!) This chip does not go into an H55 motherboard. I cantstress this enough! The 1156 sockets are not compatible with this chip. Ifyou want to get this chip, you need to either upgrade to a P67/H67 or Z68motherboard first. The socket you need is a LGA 1155. This is youre onlymajor requirement.This chip is EXTREMELY similar to the i7 2600k, but at 100 dollars cheaper,the single most major difference between an i5 2500k and an i7 2600k, isthe Hyper Threading feature that the i7 2600k has. The i5 2500k does nothave it. If youre in the market for an Intel processor and all you do is game,some photo editing with Photoshop, or stream, than get your hands on an i52500k (The k means overclock-able. no K means the core speed is lockedand wont overclock). Page 2 of 7
Gaming, in general, does not support and may even decrease your gamingperformances with a hyper threaded enabled Intel core processor, whichmeans, you can compromise with confidence. Most (if not all) games onlyuse about 1 to 2 cores on your processor anyway. For $100 cheaper, HyperThreading does not make a difference in gaming performance, but if you domany different things and run many different programs at once, HyperThreading might just be what you are looking.The stocked clock speeds for the i5 2500k is 3.3ghz. The i7 2600k has3.4ghz speed. Not a huge difference, right? Especially when you canoverclock your i5 2500k a little to reach the 3.4ghz speed, easily. The i52500k processor has slightly upgraded Intel HD graphics (3000 engine) VSthe i7 2600k (2000 engine). This feature only applies to Z68 motherboardsusers, as these users have integrated video on the motherboard or "onboard graphics". All this means is if you dont have a Z68 motherboard, youwont be able to overclock this processor and use the HD Graphics 3000engine at the same time. Add a graphics card to you system and you dontneed to worry about this factor. This core processor works just as good withH67 or P67 motherboards perfectly. That is pretty much it. Perfect forgamers.Differences in a nut shell!- i7 2600k 8mb cache (very little performance increase for the price)-> i5 2500k 6mb cache- i7 2600k Hyper Threading feature-> i5 2500k None- i7 2600k 3.40ghz speed-> i5 2500k 3.30ghz speed (Easily overclocked to 3.40ghz or higher)Things you should know!- These chips work best with ram at 8gb or 12gb on a x64 bit systems. ThisCPU loves RAM modules STOCKED/CLOCKED to 1.5 volts and no less than1333mhz of speed. These chips also prefer timings of 9-9-9-24 timings.However, 8-8-8-24 timings are viable.- i5 2500k is easily overclocked to 4.1ghz with BIOS tweaks or third partysoftware. Anything higher than than a core speed of 4.1ghz, will cause ahotter CPU. I would suggest switching to a water cooled system setup,because you may run into a 60 degrees Celsius increase without water heatremoval. Stock or fan operated heat-sinks are only good to a certain point. Page 3 of 7
- When you buy an Intel processor, it will come with a case badge to placeon your PC case to show your friends. Itll be on the back of your Intelmanual booklet.- The i5 Intel processor also comes with stock heat-sink that you may ormay not use. I prefer after market heat-sinks, because the stock heat-sinksdont cool all that well and, from my experience, after market heat-sinksperform better and last longer; Especially, if youre going to overclock yourCPU. I would also suggest picking up an after market cooler if you areplanning to overclock this CPU.Thermal Paste & You- There is an applied application of thermal paste compound on your Intel i52500K stock heat-sink already. I would suggest removing and applying anew application from paste you purchased. If you have or bought an aftermarket heat-sink, that I explained above, please use only a PEA SIZEDamount of thermal compound for best, even spread, as well as, better heattransference. Remember, Less is more! Keep in mind when purchasing andallying thermal paste to your CPU that lower viscosity thermal compoundsrequire more than a pea sized amount, because they dont spread as easilycompared to higher viscosity pastes. Arctic Silver 5, MX-4, and OCZ freezeare better brands to consider for a best application.Testing results!I tested this CPU with Prime95 for 20 hours without any errors. Buying theright memory also factors into these tests and errors. When you do test,using Prime95 or a different program, RAM does contribute to errors/bluescreens and can easily be mistaken for a CPU issue. My solution to thiswould be to run a memory diagnoses test first, as well as, test the CPU withPrime95 after.That is pretty much it.Thank you for reading my review! Hope you enjoy your new processor!5.0 out of 5 stars Great for performance and gaming, July 23, 2012By J.L. "silver sky" (CA)I bought this for my new build, and its been running stable for a few monthsnow. Note that this is the "K" version, which means no restriction on thecore clocking ability. Its "unlocked". Page 4 of 7
Intel has always been a trusted brand and I would never ever get an AMDchip if I had a choice. Its just reliable!I installed this on a ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 board with a Z68 chipset.Worked out really well. Im not a hardcore overclocker, so I just clocked it to4.0GHz. Works fine for me. Everything runs smoothly.Primarily, Ive been using it to run Diablo 3. Works great! Im sure othergames wont disappoint. I have it running with a GTX 560 Ti from EVGA.Originally, I wanted to get an i7 2600k, however I wanted to save cost. Forthose of you who are in the same dilemma as I was trying to decide betweenthis or the i7-2600k, here are my thoughts.The main difference between this and the i7 2600k is the slight increase infrequency and a bit more cache (8MB instead of 6MB), and the fact that itsupports hyperthreading and has 8 threads. This i5-2500k only has 4threads. So you are paying about $80-$100 dollars more for the i7-2600kjust to get the extra 4 threads and hyperthreading technology really. Theextra cache and frequency performance boost might not be easilynoticeable. So the question is, what will you be using this for?Not a lot of applications make full use of hyperthreading technology. If youdo a lot of video editing or lots of photoshopping, or if you need to do manyvideo rendering on the fly or run massive scientific calculations for hours,then the extra $80-$100 could be justified. However, if you wanted theperformance just for games, consider what games you plan to play. In mycase, Im using it to play Diablo 3 mainly. D3 does not truly take advantageof hyperthreading, so its not that important to have it. I also do some lightphotoshopping here and there and this CPU works just fine for my use.i5 or i7 – Which Is BetterBy now it will be easy to decide whether the i5 or i7 processor is more suitedfor you. If you are using your computer for business and need a lot of powerfor multi tasking and hyper threading, then the additional money spend onthe higher i7 processor would be money well spent – otherwise the i5 2500kwould be more than sufficient for most needs – including playing some ofthe more processor intensive games.However due to the aggressive discounts at Amazon, the difference betweenthe i7 2600k and the i5 2500k processors is only around $60. So the choiceis up to you! For me I decided that since, $60 is really not that much if when Page 5 of 7
I spread it over a minimum lifespan period of 24 months, I decided to go forthe i7 2600k.In conclusion, it really does not matter, especially if you are using yourcomputer at home (unless you need the multi threading capability of the i7)whichever processor you buy as both will be a good buy especially with thecurrent discounts at Amazon. However do note that prices are subjected tochange and you have to hurry to lock in the price.For processors only:Click here to buy the Intel i5 2500k processor from Amazon at a 25%discountOrClick here to buy the Intel i7 2600k at a whopping 34% discount.If you are looking at a complete system, here are some good: i. i7 Desktop System Gateway FX6860-UR20P Gaming Desktop (Black) Microtel Computer® TI9081 Liquid Cooling Gaming Desktop Computer with Intel 3.4GHz i7 2600K Processor, 16 GB DDR3/1333, 2TB Hard Drive 7200RPM, 24X DVDRW, Nvidia 550 GTX TI 1GB GDDR5 Video Card, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version CD - 64 bit + WiFi Acer Predator AG3620-UR20P Desktop (Black) i7 Notebook/Laptop Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop (Black) ASUS N53SM-ES72 15.6-Inch Laptop (Silver Aluminum) Sony VAIO F2 Series VPCF232FX/B 16.4-Inch Laptop (Matte Black) ii. i5 Desktop System HP Pavilion p7-1220 Desktop Page 6 of 7
Gateway DX4850-27EU2 PT.GBL02.R17 Desktop Computer (2.80 GHz Intel Core i5-2300 Processor, 6 GB RAM, 1.5 TB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Lenovo H420 77525GU Desktop (Black)i5 Notebook/Laptop Acer Aspire AS5750-6845 15.6" Notebook (2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M Processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW Optical Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Black Toshiba Satellite P755-S5380 15.6-Inch LED Laptop - Fusion X2 Finish in Platinum Gateway ID47H07u 14-Inch Laptop (Silver) Page 7 of 7