Thursday, April 23, 2009

Intel Begins Applying 'Stars' Ratings to Microprocessors

The years after launched suppliers of microprocessor numbers of the type to judge and provide to purchasers a manner simpler to evaluate the execution of microprocessor, on April 1 Intel started to place plates of sales outlet and other publicity material in the stores showing between one to five stars. The company jazzed also to the top of its logos of piece, adding a little color to the blue of Intel of almost-uniform.

The problem is triple: on the one hand, him 's almost impossible so that even the experienced enthusiasts test and with distinguish two almost identical processors, which now employ a vertiginous choice of devices to be different: the number of cores, their frequency of clock, quantity of the hiding-place level-2 and level-3, the speed of the interconnection, the interface of memory and speed, as well as of other devices such as hyperthreading and pushed turbo . Differences can be established by the applications to simulate and real evaluation, that the sites as ExtremeTech run in thimbles.

With a retailer like the best purchase, however, such reference marks are seldom, if ever, so with the user; The OEM like Hewlett-Packard and Acer are interested to have the advantages of their own packages of hardware and software.

The third exit: the number of companies of options of processor like Intel and its rival AMD offer; Intel offers a total of 30 processors of office, and 57 processors of book, not including/understanding the three processors of atom which can appear in has nettop or netbook.

Once asked, the spokesperson Bill Calder from Intel agreed that there too many was models; too many marks. Intel 'of the marks of office of S includes Pentium, Celeron, digs duet 2, digs 2 editions of end of quadruple, core i7, and core i7. The majority are concentrated on what Calder called has hero mark: the series of core. But, he added, he was too early to say older marks so, such as Celeron, would be thrown.

Him 's important so that the people understand that we 'the VE obtained all these various marks, but has us a challenge when people to come to sell, to the detail it said. Comment I distinguish Pentium and Celeron and hollow and dig duet 2 and dig quadruple 2?

During last months, Intel had revalued its marks and embarking on a rather broad effort of simplification of band, he said. The revised logo and stars classifications are small but the important components this, Calder indicated. And there will be more, it was added.

Stars , of estimate said Calder, is manner easy and intuitive to see the processors in connection with one of the others, in a way in which he said communicates execution relative, not a cost-performance type of, of thing he said. They will be applied to the products of desktop machine and book, but not the atom, it said.

The processors of office five stars include the end of the core i7 and the core i7 of Intel; the processors four stars include the series Q9300+ and E8000. The three-star processors include the Q8000 series and the E7000 series. Intel traced a more distinct line between the three and designations two stars, placing the line of Pentium in its own category two stars. At the bottom of the heap is Celeron, a piece a star.

(Some of the distinctions can seem arbitrary; three-star Q8300 is a four-core, the processor 2.5-GHz which uses a bus on the before-side 1,333-MHz with 4 Moctets of hiding-place; Q9300 four stars is identical, but includes 6 Moctets of hiding-place.)

Calder stressed that the estimates of star were not based entirely on the execution, but on devices, such as the push possibilities of turbo which allow the architecture of the core i7 to the overclock a monofil application of operation to a core. They gained 't are directly affixed with a PC, but had accompanied by the circulars of sales since the first of the month. The additional formation of sales outlet will be required, Calder indicated.

Intel 's new interior logos of Intel
Intel 's new interior logos of Intel
The revised logos remain mainly unchanged of Intel 's traditional interior logo of Intel, unless with the mark of core in shown obviousness, and the color-codes applied to help to differentiate the marks. The logo also includes has peels-far left, indicating has die-like the graph. Orientation is now horizontal, although the logo takes the same thing , of print of step or spaces it.

Intel's New "Intel Inside" Logos

The new logos are coloured and decorative, Calder indicated.

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