Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 2nd Gen and 1st Gen iCore Family Comparison

By Miong - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 2nd Gen and previous 1st Gen iCore Family Comparison.
Several Reviews for the 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 Processors family have been read, comparisons between Intel 1st Gen and 2nd Gen of Processors, Advantages and disadvantages, benefits from the 2nd Gen Processors, In addition to that below are some Facts about the 2nd generation Intel Core Processor Family Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 and the preceding 1st generation of Intel iCore Processor family.

Compared to previous generations, content creation is up to 42 percent faster and gaming up to 50 percent faster with 2nd generation Intel Core processors.
• There are close to one billion transistors inside a 2nd generation Intel Core processor. If a car were to have one billion parts – compared to the 30,000 they currently have – it would take the most productive car manufacturer 114 years to assemble this car.
• If a processor were a country and its transistor count was a country’s population, a 2nd generation Intel Core processor would be the third most popular country in the world (995 million+) just behind China and India.
• If you applied new Intel® Turbo Boost Technology to your daily activities, you could accomplish more in less time, giving you up to four hours back of your day, time that was previously spent waiting for your technology.
• A 2nd generation Intel Core processor contains more transistors (540 million) than the number of registered cars in the European Union , the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region combined.
• If every home in the U.S. had 30 light switches it would take the new chips about one nanosecond to turn on all 3.57 billion light switches in the housing units in the U.S.
• A 32nm transistor found in the new chips can switch on and off more than 300 billion times in one second. It would take you 4,000 years to flick a light switch on and off that many times.
• If you equate the power consumption of a laptop based on the 2nd generation Intel Core processors to electric clothing dryer, drying one load of clothes for 60 minutes is equivalent to running a laptop for 147 hours or 6 days and 2.4 hours. If you compare the processor to an electric oven, baking a pizza for 45 minutes at 350°F is equivalent to running 67 laptops for 50 hours.
• Compared to Intel’s first microprocessor, the 4004, introduced in 1971, a 32nm CPU runs over 4,000 times as fast and each transistor uses about 4,000 times less energy. The price per transistor has dropped by a factor of about 100,000.
• The Intel Core processor is printed on very pure silicon, which is refined from common beach sand. So the sand you once stepped on at the beach may be powering your notebook today.
• If you were to take the performance boost enabled by Intel® Turbo Boost to graphics- intensive applications and apply it to a Boeing 767 airplane, the plane could travel 50 percent faster. This means a flight that usually lasts one hour would take only 40 minutes.
• If you were to take the performance boost from the 2nd Gen Intel Core processor over the previous generation Intel Core Processor and apply it to a Boeing 767 airplane, the plane could travel two times faster. This means a flight that usually lasts two hours would take only 60 minutes.
• Integrating processing cores, memory controller and graphics subsystems on the same 32nm die joins a list of other disruptive technology “marriages” such as: (Cell Phones + Wireless Internet Access, Cloud Computing + Always-On Devices, Blogs + Google Ads, MP3 + Napster, YouTube + Flip Cams, Internet + TV)
• The 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family is viewed by analysts as one of Intel’s most important product cycles ever.
The 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family represents the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation. Based on Intel’s 32 nanometer (nm) process technology, the new chips are the first “visibly smart” microarchitecture to combine visual and 3D graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. For consumers, this means a dramatically improved PC experience, with overall better power management, greater efficiency and increased battery life.
New 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 desktop processors
With built-in enhanced visual features, achieve several milestones for Intel platforms:
Revolutionary new microarchitecture delivered on Intel’s cutting edge 32nm process technology with second generation Hi-K Metal Gate transistors. This new microarchitecture features vastly improved cores that are better connected with an innovative ring interconnect for improved data bandwidth, performance, and power efficiency.
Industry’s first integration of processor graphics featuring a new execution pipeline which significantly increases performance to deliver new features and enhanced visual features focused on the areas where most users are computing today: HD video, mainstream gaming, Stereo 3D, multi-tasking and online socializing and multimedia.
New built-in visual features – New visual capabilities built into every 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor deliver everything you need to enjoy a stunning and seamless visual experience. These features include:
Intel® Quick Sync Video – Incredibly fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology – Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback and immersive Web browsing.
Intel® InTru™9 3D – Stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray* playback in full 1080p resolution over HDMI* 1.4 and premium audio.
Intel® Insider™10 – Unlock a world of premium HD movies and entertainment with your PC.
Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 – Enhanced 3D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming.
Introduction of the Intel® H67, P67, Q67, Q65, and B65 Express Chipsets supporting 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors. These new chipsets continue to push innovation with a new architecture designed to deliver quality, performance and industry leading I/O technologies.
Below are additional details for the all new 2011 Intel® Core™ desktop processors and chipsets:
2nd Generation Intel Core™ i7, i5 and i3 Desktop Processors (formerly codenamed “Sandy Bridge”)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology (Available on Intel® Core i7 and Core i5 desktop processors only) : Intel® Turbo Boost Technology operation on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors has been optimized for the new microarchitecture and takes advantage of power control unit (PCU) enhancements and improved power sharing between processor and graphics. Intel Turbo Boost Technology boosts power levels to achieve performance gains for high intensity “dynamic” workloads. In addition, a new power averaging algorithm manages power and thermal headroom to optimize performance.
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) (Not available on certain Intel® Core i5 desktop processors) – Delivers two processing threads per physical core for a total of eight threads on quad core Intel Core i7 processors and four threads on dual core Intel Core i3 processors for massive computational throughput. With Intel® HT Technology, highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing their tasks sooner.
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) - A new 256-bit instruction set that builds upon the highly successful SSE4/SIMD instructions. Intel® AVX provides the infrastructure and building blocks for delivering the performance required by the growing needs of applications such as financial analysis, media content creation, natural resource industry, and HPC computing. The AVX instruction set can benefit operations like image processing, audio and some business usage.
Intel® Smart Cache – This large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all cores to match the needs of various applications for ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation, significantly reducing latency to frequently used data and improving performance.
Integrated Memory Controller and DDR3 support – An integrated memory controller offers excellent memory read/write performance through efficient pre-fetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth. 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors include support for both single and dual channel DDR3 memory technology up to 1333 MHz.
Unlocked Core Multipliers – Select 2nd Generation Intel® Core i7 and Core i5 processors feature unlocked multipliers, allowing the user to easily increase the core and memory frequencies independently from the rest of the system. This flexibility improves the user’s ability to reach high core and memory clock speeds that go beyond the processor specifications.
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT-x) – Intel® VT allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. For businesses, Intel VT offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining worker productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) – Intel® VT-d extends Intel's Virtualization Technology roadmap by providing hardware assists for I/O virtualization solution.
Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) – New AES instructions add hardware acceleration to AES algorithms and speeds up the execution of AES applications.
• Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) – Highly versatile set of hardware extensions for select Intel processors and chipsets which, with appropriate software, enhance platform security capabilities.
• Multi-channel bit streaming audio: Enables professional-grade audio capabilities with multi-channel bit streaming support for Dolby* TrueHD and DTS* Premium Suite.
Intel® 6 Series Chipset Family
The Intel® 6 Series Chipset family continues to push innovation with a new architecture designed to deliver quality, performance and industry leading I/O technologies on platforms powered by the all new 2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Feature highlights include:
Intel® vPro™ Technology - PCs with a processor from the Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family enable IT to take advantage of hardware-assisted security and manageability capabilities that enhance their ability to maintain, manage, and protect their business PCs.
Intel® Active Management Technology 7.0 – Using built-in platform capabilities and popular third-party management and security applications, Intel® Active Management Technology allows IT to better discover, heal, and protect their networked computing assets.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology –Intel® RST provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 103. Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.
Intel® Rapid Recover Technology –Intel’s latest data protection technology provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail or if there is data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.
Intel® Flexible Display Interface – An innovative path for two independently controlled channels of integrated graphics display data to be transported to the Intel® 6 Series Chipset. Works in conjunction with Intel® Core™ processors with built-in visuals4.
Support for HDMI, DisplayPort, embedded DisplayPort and DVI* – High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and DisplayPort and embedded DisplayPort interfaces deliver uncompressed HD video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in a single cable, supporting all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Dual Independent Display expands the viewable workspace to two monitors.
PCI Express* 2.0 interface – Offers up to 5GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 8 PCI Express* 2.0 x1 ports, configurable as x2 and x4 depending on motherboard designs.
Intel® High-Definition Audio8 - Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) - High-speed USB 2.0, provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) with up to 14 USB 2.0 Ports.
USB 2.0 rate matching hub - Enables lower power requirements and manages the transition of the communication data rate from the high speed of the host controller to the lower speed of USB full speed /low speed devices.
USB port disable - Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports
Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gb/s & 3 Gb/s - High-speed storage interface supporting up to 6 Gb/s transfer rate for improved data access. Provides up to 6 SATA ports at 3 Gb/s with up to 2 ports supporting 6 Gb/s transfer rates.
eSATA - SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable - Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports
Intel® integrated 10/100/1000 MAC - Support for the Intel® 82579LM and 82579V Gigabit Network Connection LAN
Green technology - Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free component packages
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