What is a processor?

What is a processor?

So what is a processor? A processor is basically the brain behind your computer. Fundamentally a processor is the logic circuitry that responds to and processes the basic instructions that you give your computer. The processor fetches, decodes, executes, and writes back given instructions. Simple isn’t it?

Because a single processor can only do so much at a time, it’s usually an advantage to have multiple processors to speed up the work done. Most processors today are multi-core. Meaning the processor contains two chips under the same CPU. This is mainly to enable multi-tasking, enhance performance and reduce power consumption.

Processor choice varies depending on usability. One person’s choice for a processor varies from another user altogether. The final decision really depends on what you’re planning to use your PC or laptop for. 

The two main competitors in the processor market are Intel and AMD.

For this article, we will speak on a few examples of processors and their best uses. Let’s talk about 3 types of Intel processors: The Core i3, Core i5 and the Core i7.

There are two types of processors in the market: Intel and AMD.

 

Types of processors and their uses.

We have broken down the types of Intel Core processors depending on your usage.

 

Small processors. 

Small processors have generally been used for simple tasks and are suitable for perhaps individuals that travel or are on the road for long periods of time. They last the user through long intervals. They are lower-powered and used for things like emailing and not much else. An example is the Netbook made by Intel. Usually contains 1.6 or 1.66GHz processors.

 

Mainstream Models.

Mainstream models can handle basically anything you challenge them with; be it handling Video editing, Coding, Music creations, Programming or Watching movies. The Central Processing Unit of these models have two chips i.e. is Dual-core.

CPU speed includes 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, and 3.4GHz

 

Gaming Models.

Gaming model processors either have Fast Duo Core processors or Quad-Core processors. Only these can handle large volumes of processing at once. 

Major examples include AMD Turion x2. And Intel’s Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quads, and the new Core i7.

 

Which processor is best for you?

Thinking of getting a computer? Well, you’ve probably seen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 in your search results or local Tech store. Well, we’re going to break it down for you so you understand which one is best for you.

 

So which processor is right for you?

Core i3.

Core i3 is a simple processor used for light work and basic duties such as browsing, watching news and entertainment online, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Basic Photo and video editing, Watching movies, Light games (like Soduku and Farmville or Chess). 

Core i5.

This version of Core is rather average. It can perform relatively well compared to Core i3 and mostly sort after by the average guy. It can be used for sharing media online and video chats, flash social networking, and mainstream games. Also can better handle Video editing, Coding, Music creations, Programming, Watching movies. 

Core i7.

This is the top-of-the-line 7th Generation Processor Technology. With this, you will have unprecedented power and performance at your grasp. This processor allows for online streaming of 4K material. Therefore you get to watch videos and pictures at their very best array of colors – not forgetting at lightning speed!

The Core i7 is used for majorly increasingly demanding applications. immersive graphic intense 3D gaming, professional video editing, and professional applications such as Autocad or Solidworks.

Victor R

Victor is a tech writer and blogger for GetThatPC. A writer and SEO consultant of popular tech sites such as Computer Shopper. He loves sharing his thoughts with the world through his blogs and it has always been his dream to write in print, too. When he is not busy blogging, he takes time out to enjoy the company of friends or play video games on PC. As a hardware analyst, Victor tests and reviews laptops, peripherals, and much more at GetThatPC. He previously covered the consumer tech beat at Examiner.com and has done consulting work for some of the biggest names in the industry. Victor R was recognized by TopSEOs as one of the Top 30 People in Digital Marketing, 2017.