Intel Core is a line of mid-to-high end consumer, workstation, and enthusiast central processing units (CPU) marketed by Intel Corporation. These processors displaced the existing mid-to-high end Pentium processors of the time, moving the Pentium to the entry level, and bumping the Celeron series of processors to low end. Identical or more capable versions of Core processors are also sold as Xeon processors for the server and workstation markets.
As of June 2017, the lineup Core processors included the Intel Core i9, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, and Intel Core i3, along with the Y – Series Intel Core CPUs. In nearly 2018, news reports indicated that security flaws, referred to as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”, were found “in virtually all Intel processors [made in the past two decades] that will require fixes within Windows, macOS and Linux”. The flaw also affected cloud servers. At the time, Intel was not commenting on this issue. According to a New York Times report, “There is no easy fix for Spectre as for Meltdown, the software patch needed to fix the issue could slow down computers by as much as 30 percent”.
- Next-generation desktops, laptops, and 2-in-1 PCs.
- High-end gaming, multitasking and content creation.
- High speed and peak performance.
- Home and business PCs.
- 4K graphics for video and gaming.
- Fast startup and speed on demand.
- PCs for everyday tasks.
- Quick charge and long battery life.
- Built-in mobility.
- High-performance desktops.
- First 18-core processor.
- Extreme gaming, mega-tasking, and high-end content creation.
- High-performance mobile devices.
- Fast response and long battery life.
- Built-in security.
- For the modern workplace.
- Hardware-enhanced security and manageability.
- High performance.
While Intel’s main competitor AMD (Advanced Micro Deviceso) offers aggressively priced, high-quality components, there are a few reasons why an Intel CPU may be better for your particular needs.
- Power consumption
- Heat generation
- Integrated memory controllers
- Fabrication capacity