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As this new technology arrived on the shelves i was amazed by the performance and multitasking capabilities from the fact sheet of this product from the Intel website.
Before purchasing the i5 i was in a period of building my own machine. As i was searching for a CPU i was looking out for the Core2duo processor, but had no idea the i5 existed. I decided to purchase the i5 and never looked back.
The main reason for my decision was the affordable price and multitasking power as described. It is rated the second best processor in its family. From my experience, the i5 is great for everyday applications such as surfing the internet, word processing and resource intensive applications like Adobe InDesign and video creation software.
After a week of prolonged use, i found it worked super fast with Windows 7. Games load amazingly quick and running many resource intensive applications at the same time had no major effect on performance. Another major advantage is the great battery life as it can slow the processing speed down automatically when it is not needed or if the computer is idle.
The disadvantage is that it only works for recent machines that have been released in 2010. So if you have a desktop that is two years old you will need to buy a new motherboard which is more money out of your pocket. I highly recommend buying a laptop with the i5 inside as it is a step towards the future.
Overall i would not think twice about purchasing this processor. It is a must to buy and for the low price its a steal.
The i5 processor is a very good processor to use. I have tried both the i5 and i7 processor. The i7 being a lot more in money and not that much different. If you are going by a budget but still want speed then this one is the one for you.
It is also good if you are into gaming and you are guaranteed to get good speed out of this.
There isn't much different between the i7 and i5 and out of the both, based on the prices I would go for the i5, being not much different. It is easy to install which is also an upside.
Being made by Intel, it is compatible with quite a lot such as the DDR3 memory.
Another good product to go with this would be the LGA 1156/Asus or Gigabyte brand motherboard. They are very good together and provide a good performance.
The i7 however would be a lot faster and better for gaming, but it is more expensive! I myself use i5 and find that it is just as good as the i7.
Another good thing about the i5 is that you can over clock it, something you cannot do with the i7. Also, the i5 is good for powerful computers but if your computer is extremely powerful than I would go for the i7.
Overall, I recommend the i5!
For christmas I decided I would build my first computer, and this processor, the i5 750, was the CPU I decided to use.
Firstly this is because it seemed very good for it's price, I would describe it as just below the top range processors, and the moment before prices begin to increase dramatically for each little bit of performance gained. It is fast enough for everything I do, and using the Windows 7 CPU monitor, I don't think I have pushed it beyond 40% of it's power. This suggests I have further to go before I even strain it, and thus that it is much more powerful than I need. I game a fair bit, and it can keep up with the calculations for that, and it seems great for multitasking.
Ofcourse, it has it's downfalls, and that is that intel felt they had to introduce a new and different chipset for this processor. This means that it is incompatible with anything but 1156 compatible motherboards. This means that as well as buying this processor you have to get a reasonably expensive motherboard as well, leading to a fair expense, between £225 and £300, just for the processor and motherboard.
Ofcourse this does not detract from this all round great processor and do not let it put you off.
first thing, the cache is quoted at 256 kb above, but is actually 8mb.
I ordered this product with a p7p55d motherboard from ASUS and two sticks of crucial's basllistix ddr3 dual channel ram, and together i have seen a huge improvement over my old core 2 duo set-up.
2.66 Ghz may not sound very much compared to 3.4 Ghz from a pentium 4, but it is a quad core processor, meaning its actually about 10.6 Ghz. Also, this processor is a beast for over clocking, with after market air coolers easily and safely breaking 4 ghz and beyond. i have never over clocked before, but got this up to 3.4 Ghz per core very easily, which is a total of about 13.6 Ghz, i am sure that people with more knowledge could go further.
it gets a rating of 7.8 in windows 7s system rating on the default speeds, and can easily run any normal program, and performs very well in games. It runs very cool with both stock and after market coolers, and comes with the stock cooler in the box, with thermal paste already applied. it also comes with an intel i5 sticker, which is a nice touch.
i would advise this product to anyone wanting to buy a new computer / processor at present, this processor gives the best speed for money in my opinion. it is great for normal PCs, and for gaming systems under a budget (its equivalent to an i7 920 in gaming performance). Just get a motherboard with the 1156 slot and the matching chipset (p55), and your off, its alot simpler than you think.
(one thing to remember is that it needs DDR3 memory, in DUAL channel configuration. on any computer website, look for the packs of 2 sticks DDR3, as these will be sold specifically for this platform)