Computer processor ratings

Computer processor ratings are determined by many factors. Based on these factors, you can easily tell where a typical type of processor grouped into. Some of the major factors include processor speed, cache, number of combined cores and other technologies.

Intel and AMD, the two largest microprocessor manufacturers, have so far released several types of processors. And new processors are continually introduced with additional features and technology. Even some of the processors are specifically made for applications that demand better processing power.

For example, there are processors made for basic use, on the other hand there are processors made for extreme gaming, multimedia creation, professional video editing etc…

Intel computer processor ratings

Intel is still leading the industry of microprocessor by introducing new, improved and high performing processors. When we come to the ratings, Intel has its own measurement methods to determine the processing power of a typical CPU.
The most important features related with Intel processors are the following:-

  • Clock speed
  • Cache
  • Intel Hyper-threading technology
  • Intel Turbo boost technology
  • Multi-core technology (number of cores included in a single processor package or chip)
  • HD graphics

This is a graphics technology comes with 2nd generation Intel Core processors.

Normally, to play more advanced 3D games, your computer should have a processor and graphics card that are made specifically for this purpose. It means that to play 3D game you should have a separate graphics card which must be hooked on the system board since the graphics card that comes with the motherboard cannot meet the demand of 3D game applications.

Thanks to Intel, now Intel 2nd generation processors integrate high-performance 3D graphics and its processor directly on the processor chip. No need to purchase a separate card to play a game. You can clearly imagine that how much performance you are going to get from this technology.

The following are some of Intel recent computer processor ratings:
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition

  • Made for extreme 3D gaming
  • Clock speed ranges from 3.2GHz– 3.46GHz
  • Built-in with 4 and 6 Cores
  • 8MB – 12MB cache
  • Turbo Boost technology
  • Features Hyper-threading technology

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor

  • Suitable for multimedia creation and multitasking
  • Built-in with 4 and 6 Cores
  • Clock speed ranges from 2.53GHz – 3.40GHz
  • 8MB – 12MB cache
  • Turbo Boost technology
  • Features Hyper-threading technology
  • HD graphics (on some processor types in this group)

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

  • Ideal for video, photo editing, internet browsing, and email
  • Built-in with 2 and 4 Cores
  • Clock speed ranges from 2.30GHz – 3.60GHz
  • 3MB – 8MB cache
  • Turbo Boost technology for some processor types
  • Features Hyper-threading technology (some of the processors in this group doesn’t support this technology)
  • Most processors includes HD graphics tech

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor

  • Ideal for common tasks such as Office work, internet browsing, and email
  • Built-in with 2 Cores
  • Clock speed ranges from 2.50GHz – 3.33GHz
  • 3MB – 4MB cache
  • Features Hyper-threading technology
  • Intel HD graphics technology support

You may read more on processor comparison below
Intel processor comparison chart
AMD processor comparison chart


Computer processor determines the performance of your computer. Understanding the technology built-in with each type of processor will help to choose the right CPU.

As we have seen above, computer processor ratings are measured based on the above core factors. More information can be found on Intel and AMD web pages, they have detailed specification about each types of processor.

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