Updated: Mar 3
Intel is one of the most well known CPU brands in the world. With an impressive range of variety and power, Intel has managed to go on to become a dominant player in the CPU market. Their lineup of Pentium, i3, i5, i7, i9 and Xenon has captured majority of the CPU market share.
I am here to explain to you the uses of the Intel lineup and to help you decide exactly what processor you need.
Cheap computers, cheap processors and good battery life. This was what Intel had in mind when it launched its Pentium lineup. With even gold versions of Pentium retailing for only up to Rs.7000 or $100, and silver one selling for as low as Rs.1000 or $13, the Pentium lineup is Intel's version of ultra-budget microprocessors for entry-level devices.
I3 is Intel's bang-for-your-buck lineup. Recently, Intel launched its 10th gen update for I3. The I3 does offer a beefy boost in power compared to the Pentium lineup, but deep down, I3 still remains a part of a budget model. The I3 model has amazing battery life, enough power for productivity tasks and light gaming. Another good thing about these cards is that they won't bottleneck discrete graphics cards, so it can theoretically game well if you pair it with a good GPU. You can reference my article on GPU's here.
I5 is where Intel really starts to power up its processing power. I5 is a very good chip for editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Indesign, but you can expect it to be a bit slower than the higher price I7 lineup. I5 is also a very common chip for gaming as its discrete graphics are good enough to run Fortnite at 30 fps at low settings, and it rarely is a bottleneck for any GPU. All this power does come at the cost of a bit more battery consumption. This is the chip you are looking for if you want to do gaming and editing without blowing your budget.
I7 is the place most people would stop looking. The I7 lineup gives you amazing power, gaming performance and video editing power with a reasonably decent battery life. The 10th gen I7 lineup can play the following games:
- Rocket League at 63 fps
- Grand Theft Auto at 47 fps
- Civilization VI at 40 fps
- CS:GO at 109 fps
- Gears 5 at 15 fps
- Fortnite at 45-55 fps
For an integrated GPU, Intel has certainly taken some big steps here. Being able to run playable modern games on a CPU is certainly a big achievement. The I7 10th gen also runs Adobe Photoshop rather well, with 12% better performance than its predecessor.
As we enter the I9 territory, we also enter enthusiast territory. The I9 processor lineup is extremely overpowered and expensive. Mainly used by production companies who need every bit of power they can get, but can't afford the Xenon lineup, a completely different story entirely, the I9 excels at everything from VR to Gaming.
The Intel Xeon lineup is dedicated to Creative professionals. With up-to 28 Cores or performance, this lineup is dedicated to producers at Walt Disney, Netflix, people who lose money in the time it takes to render video. The Xeon lineup is built and moulded for professionals who need every single bit of power they can get and don't care about the price. For that reason, Intel Xeon chips often retail for above Rs.3,00,000 or $4100.
To conclude, out of Intel's wide variety of chips the I3 and I5 are the most suitable for gaming and work. These processors are also the two best-valued processors in Intel's lineup.