How to compare CPU isn’t normally based on the branding nor the make of it, but it may revolve around a few facts, based on how much you are willing to spend on it and your main core of usage for that CPU, we are going to highlight a few facts along the way as we go down.
Getting the best of it.
There are many CPU manufacturing companies out there. In order to get the best out of it, it might be important to first analyze what you want to use it for. Performance is one of the leading factors out there when deciding on which CPU to purchase, for your computer build up. I won’t deny to you that Intel isn’t the lead industry in the production of CPU’S but AMD also has powerful CPU that can surpass some of Intel powerful CPU and you can get them at an affordable price. Example can be the Ryzen 7 3800X which is said to have beat out the Intel i9 9900k, although it has high performance than the Intel core i9 9900k, you might also want to think twice about how much it can cost you to get the motherboard too, even after saving some change on it. So, of all the thing you may want to build, budget may also be the key leading factor here.
Most of you would be wondering what is hyper threading and what does it have to do when comparing CPU. Well hyper threading is the technique or technology that increases CPU performance of multithreaded tasks. Making the CPU to appear to have doubled in the number of cores to the application and operating system. Hyper threading mostly becomes useful when you are building a computer that you may use for streaming gameplay, converting and also tasks like video rendering and web surfing including many more that may require high-end performance. Hyper threading simply enables a core to perform two tasks at once. The core i3 and i5 may have hyper threading but it may be limited to four, and on the core i5 if it’s a quad core then it may not have hyper threading since it’s only limited to four threads. In an event where the core i5 has two cores it may have hyper threading making it appear as if it has four cores. There are also AMD processors that have multiple cores and hyper threading with less to spend on but with good performance.
The most popular and common are the Intel core families the took over the Pentium series. With the Intel core i3 marking the first of the core series. Most of the core i3 are mainly limited to dual core and some may have hyper threading making them to appear as if they have four cores while others may not have. The Intel core i5 mainly differs from the core i3 as it may be limited to only four cores. One would say there isn’t much of a difference between the core i3 and the core i5, as the core i3 ranges from 3.6 to 4GHz with a turbo speed of 4.2 to 4.6GHz and about 8mb L3 cache. On the other hand, the core i5 ranges from 2.9 to 3.8GHz with a turbo speed of 4.1 to 4.6GHz and has about 9mb L3 cache. The core i7 differs from the core i5 as it has a faster base clock speed or has more GHz than the core i5, it ranges from 3 to 3.6GHz with a turbo speed of 4.7 to 4.9 and about 12mb L3 cache. The larger the cache the less the CPU or processor has to access the main memory or RAM storage, in order to get the required data. Thereby, making it faster. The Intel core i9 family have about 8 cores, and with the X series 8 to 18 cores. All i9 have hyper threading and turbo speed going beyond 5GHz, which include huge amount of cache memory. That means faster processing for core i9.
Voltage regulator module (VRM)
This is mainly the buck convertor that supplies power to the CPU, from the power supplier thought the motherboard and then the CPU socket. For every Processor there is a minimum power supply to which it can operate on a circuit board. This is mainly defined by the minimum specifications of how many VRM there needs to be. This allows different processor to be mounted onto the circuit board even when they differ in power supplies. It also allows processors with high end processing power to be mounted on the motherboard and enable you to experience the vast processing power that goes beyond the average overall predicted performance specified on the box. Now keep in mind that the CPU has to match with the motherboard firstly.
It does not mean that every time, when you want a high-end processing machine you have to go for the bigger cores like i7 or i9. Even some cores like i5 can perform better than some i7 and still not have a bottleneck during gaming performance. When its assembled with a compatible graphics card, it can do more damage than one who has a high-end processor like a core i7 or i9 but with a low graphics card. If your budget does not allow you to purchase all the high-end equipment like the i7 and i9 with a high-end graphics card. Then it is best to settle for an Intel core i5 with a much better graphics card or AMD Ryzen can still do better when you have a low budget. The Intel i9 X series are mainly built for high-end performance which contain most powerful Intel consumer chips, used for high-end photo work, video work and are also ideal for design tools like game creation. And are also used in huge databases that require powerful processing power, it would be a worst of computational power if these high-end processors are not exploited to the fullest. Overall Intel Xeon processors are use in servers and workstations while Intel core and Pentium are used for consumer application. At the end of the day you need to find something that’s suitable within your budget and can give you a better gaming or working experience.