Will the Core 2 i Series Processors be the last
processor Intel™ will produce?
Before I get in to the nuts-in-bolts of the Core 2 i Series
if you are thinking of having one with XP, it will
run the Operating System, Windows XP.
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As technology moves forward so does R&D at Intel™, however I have read some
articles that suggest "that with the current technology the introduction of new
processors every 18 months and new series of processors every ten years is about
to run out of steam. That is, has the computer as we know it hit the proverbial
This type of talk comes around about once every ten years or so that technology
has finally reached the end as far as how small the traces in a silicone based
wafer can be, something like 32- nanometer is just a little larger than an
electron. Don't worry Intel™ will think of something to sell us. :)
Core 2 i Series Processors
- Transistors: Millions
- Processors: Single, Duo, Quad Core
- Cache: 512KB to 6 MB
- Clock Speed: 1.8 t0 3.3 GHz (2.4 to 3.8 GHz in Turbo Mode)
- All 2nd generation Intel™ Core2 i5 processors feature:
- Intel™ Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
- Intel™ Smart Cache
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- Socket type: LGA 1356+
- Memory type: Third-generation Double Data Rate (DDR3) SDRAM memory
- Supported Memory Speed
In addition all i Series processors have hyper-threading, the
hyper-threading at the low end are two threads (the slower desktop and Mobile
processors) and up to 12+ for the high end processors.
The Intel™ Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 gives the Core 2 i Series processors a small increase in
speed depending on the series the speed can be from .2 to .4 GHz, almost the
same as overclocking with out using the BIOS settings to achieve the increase in
speed. Considering that most Laptop manufactures do not have the Advanced
opinions in the BIOS setup this is an added benefit.
I tested the Core 2 i5 processor in a ASUS G60j laptop, the processor is a quad
with a clock speed of 2.26 GHz, the memory is 1066 MHz. (If the processor has a
Turbo function then there isn't any ASUS software to turn it on, it doesn't have
that option in the BIOS either).
Over all the Core 2 i Series Processors performs as expected from a Quad Core processor, even at
a lower clock speed there is no noticeable drag when using high processor
intensive programs (such as a game) or drag on the video when watching a movie
from the DVD (Blue Ray).
Compared to my Intel Core 2 Quad 3.0 GHz the mobile i5 is just as fast
when combined with Windows 7.
Of the three i Series processors the i5
is the least powerful (why did Intel™ do this? unknown), then i3 is the medium, the
i7 is the high end processors. (The two top speed i7 processors have
12 channels for hyper-threading , where as the low end i5 has two channels
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And if you need more processing power you could go to the Core
2 i7-980X Extreme, expect to pay more it has six processors, twelve processing
threads with Hyper-Threading, and the speed tops out at 3.8 with Intel Turbo
Boost Technology. Now that will Rock your Game!
Remember that with processor power the faster the processor the higher the power
usage (as in power supply wattage), the heat produced, and of course the cost of
If you are thinking of a new computer with the i series processor the
i3 2.8 or 3.0 GHz processors are the middle class processor that will give
you the most bang for your buck.
Now the bad news: If you are a XP fan or Linux of older releases you will not be
able to load those Operating Systems on the new i series processor equipped
computers. No support in the OS for the newer processor functions. (If you
happen across a version of XP that will load on a i Series computer let me know
Support page, I am very interested in finding such a beast!)
After a lot of thought and some experimenting I have figured out why XP wouldn't
load on my ASUS Notebook with a i5 processor: The SATA drive
parameters are set for OICH and there isn't an option to change it in the BIOS
settings to Legacy or IDE which is what XP needs unless you have the
capability and knowledge to slip stream (add) drivers to the install CD
for the SATA drives or insure you are getting a SATA II or III drive to keep
from working around this hassle.