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Intel® Core™ i3 vs i5

When it comes to buying a computer, be it a laptop or desktop, you will find that there are numerous options available. If you aren't familiar with the many processors on the market, it can be difficult to determine which is right for you. Additionally, because of the many factors affecting the price of a computing device, it often isn't enough to conclude that Processor A is better than Processor B simply due to cost. Though this works as a general guideline, it isn't always the case. The information below can help you determine which popular and proven processor is better suited to your needs: the Intel® Core™ i3 or i5?

Why consider Intel® Core™ i3?

The Intel® i3 is a budget-friendly, capable, multi-core processor found in a wide range of Lenovo PC models. In most cases, devices with i3 processors will be less expensive than those that feature i5 processors. It's always good practice to check the specifications of the model to determine which type of processor it has. Don't assume that a laptop or desktop computer has a certain processor type based on price alone. If you are seeking an affordable laptop that offers superior computing power to a tablet, the Core™ i3 may be right for you. However, if you currently run memory-intensive software programs routinely, or regularly multitask, then the i5 might be a better option.

Why consider Intel® Core™ i5?

Individuals seeking outright performance will want to consider the Intel® i5. This is because i5 processors are faster than their i3 counterparts, making them better suited for media creation, multi-media consumption, multi-tasking, and other complex computing tasks. One reason for this is the number of cores which these processor types contain. All Intel® i3 processors are dual-core, while many i5 processors contain four cores. A quad-core processor will outperform a dual-core processor in nearly all cases, but the difference can be particularly noticeable when running memory-intensive software programs, like Adobe's Creative Suite.

How can you tell which processor a Lenovo product has?

Key information relating to Lenovo's computers, tablets, and laptops can be found on each individual model page in the Specifications section, as well as on the series overview page for Lenovo's various device series. One a series overview page you can reference the bullet points underneath each product for vital information on processors, storage space, extra features, and more, or select the “Learn More” link for a more in-depth overview of the model that interests you.

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