Intel has always followed the tradition of manufacturing faster CPUs. With its new Ivy Bridge family of processors, no other manufacturer stand a chance to even is in the race of top 5. Whether we talk about speed, performance or power usage, Intel secures high grades for all.
Intel Core i7-3770K escalates to No.1
Intel Core i7-3770K is a new addition to the Ivy Bridge family and is the likely to be the best and fastest CPU in terms of performance in the real world. The processor is able enough to play all the latest games even at reduced settings. The processor comes with the latest upgrade for Intel HD Graphics. Four extra execution units are added along with Direct X 11 support. Some improvements worth appreciating are its enhanced 3D graphic performance, reduced power usage; compatibility with many previous-generation motherboards and it is highly overclockable.
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition takes the 2nd Position
Intel Core i7-3960X takes the position of second best processor. This processor perfectly handles user’s demand of handling CPU-intensive tasks like video editing. Its overclocking headroom will definitely appeal you if you do not mind paying utmost price. This CPU is the second fastest processor available today. In fact, when compared to its predecessor, Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme is 20% faster. The processor delivers high-end performance in all types of tasks. Few major attractions are its simplified overclocking, all-round performance, support for dual PCIe x16 video cards and low usage of power.
Intel Core i7-2600K holds position 3rd
A significant performance hike was observed with the launch of this processor. There was a drastic speedups compared to its predecessor and the price it charges is worth it. Several single and multi-threaded apps are able to run simultaneously. However, few drawbacks that you will observe in this processor that the integrated graphics are still slow compared to dedicated cards, which are much cheaper.
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme at position 4th
If you are looking for a mid-range or a high-end computer, this processor would prove to be an ideal choice. Intel Core i7-965 sets speed records in multi-threaded applications. Even if a Core 2 processor is running a single-threaded application, Intel Core i7-965 would easily beat it. Speed is significantly high and includes self-overclocking feature. Few limitations of this processor are that it requires a new chipset and motherboard socket and it wouldn’t allow older high-speed memory to run at its full capacity. It also requires 3 or 6 memory DIMMs to deliver best performance.
Intel Core i5-2500K takes 5th Position
Intel Core i5-2500K brings forth a new level of performance in its price range. Its performance matches up to that of Core i7-975 Extreme. The processor delivers very fast performance and the cost is not high when you think of performance. However, requirement for a new chipset and a new socket 1155 motherboard can be considered as a limiting factor. Its slow graphic performance is another drawback.
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