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The Core i3 CPU Processor is out of date.  When you are looking for a laptop I would recommend looking for any other processor.  Unless you need a quick-buy laptop for a year’s worth of work it will do you little to no good.  The processor will start to show its wear and age very quickly.  Roughly after two years, you will need another laptop or a replacement CPU.  

While the Core i3 CPU is good, its time and usability are short-lived.  You may argue that it is good from a cost standpoint.  I would say yes, yes it is.  For two hundred dollars for a laptop with an i3, it’s not horrible.  But if you plan to do anything super-advanced with it you are better off upgrading.  It is possible to multitask because the CPU has hyperthreading.  This means that the computer recognizes the processor as having one or more cores instead of just the one or two it already has.   “Hyper-Threading allows a single physical core to perform as two logical cores.” (Newegg Business)

I can tell you from personal experience, that I have used and am currently using a Core i3 CPU and it is very much out of date.  I have been able to push it to its fourth year of use and it is beyond time for me to get a new CPU.  It is consistently slow right from the start-up of the computer to using and running Chrome.  Now, if you plan on gaming with it.  You will be required to play lower-level games.  You will not get anywhere close to running any triple-A titles.  In my experience, I could barely squeeze 60 frames out of Roblox.  Which is not a big or intense game by any means. 

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April 28, 2022 2:58 am

Dear Alex, 

I am impressed with your post, “Is the Core i3 Processor really out of date?” because it is interesting how a processor can change the way of wanting to upgrade since processors usually do become out of date and you most likely have to look for an up to date processor. Processors can be a really hard challenge to decide on since some can do more and some can do less and it’s difficult to get what you’re looking for. 

One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “For two hundred dollars for a laptop with an i3, it’s not horrible.  But if you plan to do anything super-advanced with it you are better off upgrading.” I think this is something people should realize when getting a computer for whatever reason because if you need something that bests your need then get it. 

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next because I like how you did something different and wrote about computers and to me that is fascinating. I would like to know more about your opinions on other types of processors and which is your favorite right now. 

Ruendi Ramirez

November 15, 2021 9:31 pm

Hey Alex,
Thank you for the information! I’ve recently upgraded to a i9 from a i3 and despite being a pricy upgrade it was well worth it. I found the both the start up and my download speeds increased almost 10 fold in some situations!
I really enjoyed your work –

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