In the old days, you could tell how fast a computer's processor was
by a few simple designations. Pentium 4? Faster than Pentium III. A
500MHz clock speed? Faster than 300MHz.
These days, however, processor lingo can be a lot more
confusing. Yes, Intel's current line consists of fairly simple
numerical branding--Core i3, i5, and i7--but within those
categories you'll hear terms like Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, and,
most recently, Haswell.
What the heck do all those words mean, and if you're in the
market for a new laptop, do they matter?
Just like Intel's Pentium line before it, the Core series has
evolved over the years, with each new generation bringing various
changes and improvements.
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