Things to Know About HP Desktops and All-in-One Computers With a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor
Whether you are playing video games, browsing the Internet, or composing work documents, you want a processor that can handle the workload. HP desktops and all-in-one computers come equipped with many poweful processors, one of them being the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor. The Core i5 provides the power and speed to help you power through demanding tasks.
What is a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor?
First released in June 2013, the processor is based on the Haswell architecture. Haswell processors are equipped with the following features:
- Number of cores: Each Intel core is designed to process tasks in parallel, so they can work more efficiently. Haswell CPUs are equipped with either two or four cores. They also feature hyper-threading technology where each physical core is recognized by the computer as two virtual cores.
- Fabrication process: The fabrication process determines the average size of the components on the chip. The size is typically measured in nanometers. For example, Haswell is a 22-nanometer architecture. A lower size generally means more transistors on the chip and a better performance, although its not a perfect correlation.
- Clock speed: This measures the speed of the i5 CPU as it completes a given workload. Most standard-power Haswell architectures can achieve a clock speed between 2.7 GHz and 3.5 GHz. You can boost the frequency yourself beyond the base clock speed. Intel Enhanced SpeedStep technology and Turbo Boost will do it automatically in response to demanding tasks.
- Memory cache: The memory cache, also known as the L2 and L3 cache, is a small amount of memory embedded directly on the chip. Independent from the main system RAM, it is designed to store the most frequently used data, thus speeding up operations. Intels Smart Cache technology shares this memory dynamically between different cores of the i5 CPU.
- Thermal design power: This measures the amount of heat the CPU can dissipate safely.
Does the Haswell line have any low-power alternatives?
If the processor has an S at the end of the name, such as Core i5-4460S, then it is one of the low-power variants. If the processor has a T at the end of the name, then it is an ultralow variant. These CPUs draw less power and have a lower thermal design power, but the clock speed is also lower to match it.
Which HP computers feature a 4th generation i5?
Select models of the HP Pavilion and Envy series are equipped with a 4th gen processor. There are also several different models from the HP ProDesk and EliteDesk series that have the same processor. They deliver enterprise-class experience with scalability, efficiency, and security in mind. Certain models are also designed to monitor and restore the in-memory BIOS if something goes wrong.
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