Intel Core Processor Family/Core i3, i5, i7 processors So what exactly does it mean when computer has an i3 or i5 processor? Well, firstly they are naming conventions, designed to differentiate between the different offerings on the market, with processing power increasing from i3 through to i7. While Intel’s Celeron and Pentium are seen as entry-level processors, the Core range is aimed at mid to high performance users. The Core processors are all based on the Nehalem micro-architecture and while there may be vast performance differences between an i3 and i7 chip, they do share a couple of similarities. For the layman, the only knowledge really required is knowing that the different strengths of the processors are indicated by their numbering conventions, just like a Pentium 4 is better than a Pentium 3.
Sandy Bridge/Sandy Bridge Processors/Intel Sandy Bridge vs Nehalem/Intel Sandy Bridge Graphic Performance/Intel Next Generation Processors Sandy Bridge is the codename for the next generation of Intel micro processors, slated to be the successors to the current Nehalem range. The processors will be manufactured using the same 32 nm (nanometre) process as used in the current range. The new generation is purported to be equipped with impressive integrated graphics which are apparently powerful enough that it might eliminate the budget graphics solution market (not good news for AMD and Nvidia). These next generation processors will be officially launched at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the 5th of January 2011.
Intel GMA graphics Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) is a graphics solution built into the company’s Core i (see above) line of processors. This enables users to gain access to decent graphical performance without needing to buy dedicated video cards. Intel GMA includes built-in support for graphic intensive 1080p full HD playback, supports DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0 and OpenGL 2.0, making it a very useful solution that will effortlessly take care of any media playback as well as allowing you to play a couple of games on the system.
Moore’s Law/Moore’s Law definition/Moore;s Law Predicts Moore’s Law, not to be confused with scientific laws, is a long-term predictable trend that has been observed in computing hardware since the 1950’s. The law states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years, basically doubling processing power. The trend has continued since the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958 and today many digital devices have been linked to Moore’s Law. Advances in processing speed, memory capacity an even the number of pixels in digital cameras can all be measured using Moore’s Law. The law is named after Intel co-found Gordon E. Moore, who first described the trend in a 1965 paper.