Last time on #Explained, we took a look at what Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 really mean; if you missed it, take a few minutes and read it here before jumping into this.
If you’ve already read it, then let’s dive in.
So, first things first, both the Intel Core i7 and i9 are both amazing and efficient processors. They’re fast and can handle a lot of tasks without hiccups. But of course, as it is with Intel processors, the higher the number, the more powerful the chips are. Going by this, the Core i9 is essentially more powerful than the Core i7. Pretty straight forward, right?
Now that we’ve established that, which of them should you buy?
Short answer? It depends.
With a Core i7 laptop, you’ll be able to do your work, play games (if you’re a gamer), and edit your video or audio content (if you’re a content developer) seamlessly. The new (10th Gen) Intel Core i7-10700 comes with 8 cores and can carry out up to 16 threads (tasks) at the same time. The processor also clocks between 2.6 to 5.0GHz. What this all means is that it’s pretty fast; an example of an i7 laptop is the Dell Inspiron 5000 or the Lenovo ThinkPad T490 14
So if the Core i7 is so great, why upgrade to the Core i9?
Well, you probably don’t need to if you’re okay with really decent speed, but if you’ve got the money and want to experience maximum, advanced performance while playing games, working, or editing heavy files, then I suggest you get a 10th Gen Core i9 laptop.
The i9-10900k processor, for example, comes with 10 cores and can execute up to 20 threads (tasks) simultaneously. Its chip has a base frequency of 3.7 GHz but can be boosted up to 5.1 GHz. (This boost is possible because its processor is unlocked; check this article (https://bit.ly/3kvfNou) to understand what this means)
What about the price?
Well, Intel’s 10th Gen Core i9 laptops are generally more expensive than the Core i7. If budget is an issue, then a Core i7 will make you more than happy, and if money is not an issue and you want to experience peak performance, then a Core i9 is for you.
That’s all we have for Core i7 vs i9.
See you next in episode 3 of #Explained.
TL;DR: Intel’s Core i7 is perfect for high-level tasks and can deliver without hanging or buffering. The Core i9, on the other hand, delivers a higher, more advanced performance and, as a result, costs more. Both processors are amazing, and picking one is really based on your budget and preference.