The Core i5 is a very attractive line of processors from Intel. Some models even deliver superior performance over some Core i7 input.
Today, there are 23 variations of Core i5 available for desktops. Although many, there are a few mantillas to know if the processor in question is better than another. Just be aware of the nomenclature:
The higher the model number, the higher it is in the hierarchy. For example, a Core i5 4670 is greater than a 4440. In addition, there are suffixes that differentiate variations of the same model. Are they:
- No suffix: default version of each template
- Suffix T: variation with low power consumption
- Suffix S: middle ground between performance and consumption
- Suffix E: version optimized for use in plate soldering, as in all-in-one
- Suffix K: ideal version for overclocking;
- Suffix R: best graphics card version, the Iris Pro 5200
Core i5 4670K
Accompanied by the brother 4670, it forms the pair of main models of the line Core i5. The K in the name of any Intel processor means that it allows users to overclock: accelerate the processor via the increase in available power. This feature makes the 4670K ideal for gamers and users who require a lot of CPU.
With four cores in terms of the standard speed, the 4670K delivers up to 3.8 GHz. In addition, it has 6 MB of cache, which is a type of internal memory of the processor, used to accelerate its operation.
The processor dissipates 84 watts of power. Note that this number does not refer to the 4670K’s power consumption. This value, also known as TDP, refers to the amount of heat that needs to be eliminated in order for it to function properly. Of course, the more heat an electronic component dissipates, the more energy it consumes.
Core i5 4670R
If you will not overclock, the best Core i5 available is this. The reason is simple: unlike the rest of the 4670 series, it has a better built-in graphics card.
Isis Pro Graphics 5200 performs much better than Intel HD Graphics, and for many people, it is enough for games and entertainment.
However, in this version the CPU performance is somewhat lower: 37 GHz maximum speed and a cache of 4 MB. With less speed, the processor dissipates less energy: 65 watts.
Core i5 4590 (all suffixes)
As already explained, the Core i5 line is quite varied: between models and their variations, there are 23 options, only for desktops (with a tendency for new releases coming soon).
Faced with such an extensive menu in which the differences between one model and another are often too subtle, it is difficult to conclude on which version has the best cost-benefit ratio.
However, Core i5 4590, especially in the non-suffixed version, is a great choice. With a maximum speed of 3.7 GHz, this processor stands out for the presence of 6 MB of cache. With 84 watts TDP, it has the Intel HD Graphics 4600. The good balance in the specifications makes this processor a great choice for anyone who envisions a more balanced profile of computer use.
Core i5 4460
If you want to set up a PC for simpler home use, such as surfing the internet, casually watching movies and series, there is no need to invest heavily in a processor.
To meet these needs well, the 4460 is an excellent choice. Priced at $ 800, the model delivers 3.4 GHz speed and 6 MB cache, accompanied by the Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU.