Quote: Originally Posted by pedroc1999
the i3, i5 and i7 are just a way to identify how many cores and howm powerful the processor is
i3 has 2 cores
i5 has 4 cores
i7 has 6 cores
basicly take 1 away from the number. core 2 quads have 4 cores
core 2 duos have 2
the i3 i5 and i7 are the name but the model depends on the 4 numbers after it
for example i3 2120 and i7 2600k are 2nd generation
i7 3770 and i5 3570 are 3rd generation and any i5 i3 and i7 which have only 3 numbers is first generation
what you see in the images is a fault in windows it shouldnt say processors but cores as it states how many cores your cpu has, if a cpu is marked "q or m" it means it is a laptop or mobile cpu if it has a k it means it is highly overclockable
I7 desktop CPUs have 4 or 6 cores. The Socket 1155 I7 chips are all quad core. For Socket 2011, the 3820 has 4 cores. All of the others, 6 cores.
All of the I7 desktop CPUs include hyperthreading, so Windows shows twice the number of cores as there are physical cores. (Unless hyperthreading support is turned off in the BIOS.)
The I5 chips do not have hyperthreading.
I think that all of the desktop I3 chips are dual core, with hyperthreading.
The k suffix indicates that the CPU multiplier is unlocked. (The CPU frequency is the bus frequency time the multiplier.) k CPUs are easy to overclock. The X suffix (for Extreme) is similar, with a larger hit on your wallet.
In the laptop (mobile) world, things are entirely different. I think there may be mobile I7s with 2 cores. Marketing is a wonderful thing, no?