A portmanteau of the words “integrated” and “electronics,” Intel’s name has since become synonymous with CPUs, being one of the two major brands dominating both the desktop and laptop CPU markets. Intel is credited for being responsible for the world’s first commercially-available microprocessor chip, which was introduced in 1971.
With the success of the PC market, they focused a large part of their operations in this segment and eventually became a dominant supplier of microprocessors for PCs, partnering with third party software and manufacturers in order to establish their foothold in the industry.
While already a leading name when it comes to processors, Intel started making strides when they introduced their Core 2 Duo line of CPUs in 2006, as they are true dual core processors (as opposed to their previous Pentium D processors, which are just two separate processors slapped together in a single chip.) and offered performance and power efficiency that far surpassed what was in the market at the time, making them the ideal bang-for-buck processors for consumers. It took a few years for its closest competitor, AMD, to catch up but to this day Intel is still preferred by many high end users who want the best performance money can buy.
There are a number of reasons why you might want an Intel processor:
If you want the most powerful processors available and willing to pay a little bit of a premium, Intel is a great choice regardless of the segment you belong to. Whether you’re looking for a low-end, a mid-range, or an enthusiast level CPU, the Blue team has got you covered as their processors generally perform better in both single and multi-threaded applications when compared to competing processors with the same number of cores and clock frequency (in a lot of cases, Intel offerings even beat higher clocked counterparts.)
Those on the low end can go for Intel Celeron branded processors, which are decent enough for general use, while high end users who are not restricted by budget can go for the Intel Core i7 line of processors. Users who want the middleground can go for the Intel Core i5 line, as they provide the best middleground in terms of price and performance.
It’s not all about performance, but also about power efficiency. Intel processors are very power efficient, and are great choices if you want to build a computer that will not consume much electricity, which means you can use lower rated power supplies or run your desktop on backup energy sources. This also means Intel processors make for great laptop CPUs, as they can run on low energy settings without sacrificing too much in terms of performance.
The lower power consumption also reduces heat generated, which means there’s no need for expensive aftermarket coolers or more potential for overclocking if you have the means or knowledge to do so. Keep in mind that there are specific Intel processors that the manufacturer intended for overclockers, so shop around a bit if you want to push your CPU to its limit.
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