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Why Intel doesn’t just scrap i3 & i5 and make i7 exclusively?

Blog # 16: Why Intel doesn’t just scrap i3 & i5 and make i7 exclusively?

This question bugs me right after I woke up. By the way, Thanks for sending me your questions here @ say hi to me 🙂 page! Keep it coming!

My poor morning cognition was like “Wait.. yeah.. why not Intel just make an i7 and reduce its price?”

“You know Kevin, that’s not gonna work.” Wait why not? Here comes my manufacturing mindset comes in:

Not all CPUs are created equal. Manufacturing companies like Intel has a specific market target like servers, processors, SSDs, chipsets and network & I/Os with specific consumers. So technically, i3s and i5s are manufactured to give optional choice for wide-range demanding consumers and to make profit as well.

Why there are bunch of different speed and Letters(suffixes) with my CPU?

Basically, it’s like Cherry picking. How many of the manufactured cache are working?  It can only be sold as an i7 (without suffix) if enough of the cache works (reached the i7 target) but if higher and less than the required speed and power then it may still be sellable as an i7 but in a higher or lower tier. Here comes suffixes comes in, or in manufacturing (Higher to lower bins). Some are perfect and some are just right. Some are stable and some are unstable and if it’s not passed in the required specs then it’s a yield off.

What Does CPU Suffixes Mean?
  • H – High performance graphics
  • K – Unlocked
  • M – Mobile
  • Q – Quad-core
  • R – Desktop processor based on BGA1364 (mobile) package with high performance graphics
  • S – Performance-optimized lifestyle
  • T – Power-optimized lifestyle
  • U – Ultra-low power
  • X – Extreme edition
  • Y – Extremely low power

Some processors can run faster and some are just stable with specific speed that’s why there’s Unlocked (with-K) and non-K processors. If it stays under consumer TDP standards, it may be sold as desktop CPUs. It all depends on what’s stable and unstable upon speed and power requirements.

 

Fabrication cannot scrap all rejected units just because it doesn’t hit the required target (efficiency, speed, power output, cache, memory etc.) that’s why they’ve created mid and low tier units or bins so they can sell and still make profits from it because the cost of start-up and running a production line isn’t that cheap.

At the end, it still a win-win situation, budget-mindset consumer has an option to buy for low – mid product based on their preferences and for feeling-worthy usage high-end-mindset consumer can go directly on the top tier product.

So that’s pretty much it, send me your questions here: Say Hi to me 🙂 or Ask questions to me 🙂 

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Regards,

Kevin

 

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Billie’s Gaming PC: Kabylake Full Setup

GameBuildPC Rig of the day: PC#1 from Billie’s Gaming PC

Good day!  GameBuildPC Builders, Kevin here. Remember when someone asks you “how to do this?” or “What might go wrong if I do this?” and you gave them the exact answer and didn’t expect in return?

Well this what I’ve got:

Snapshot from gamebuildpc email

For mobile users:

Sir thank you po sa help and advice sa pagbubuo ng my first PC..

eto po ung na buo ko ..
CPU : Intel core i5-7400
MOBO: MSI B250M Bazooka
RAM: G.skill Ripjaws V 2400 8gb
GPU: MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620 Watts EVO 80+ Bronze ( Full modular )
CASE: Silverstone redline 05
HDD: WD blue 1tb
SSD: kingston hyperx fury 120gb
Monitor: Asus vc239h
sa uulitin po sir ..hehe
tyaka ko na pag isipan ung future upgrade kapag my budget na ulit..
Sir ung 7th generation pala nakalocked lang sa windows 10 ung os ??..
tapos po sir panu po ba alagaan ang video card.. kailan po ba malalaman if need ko ng lagyan din ng thermal paste ung heatsink niya ..
overall ang sarap magbuo ng pc hehe..

 

Isn’t fulfilling?

For me, Yup it is. An email or message saying Thank you from co-enthusiast or someone became an enthusiast of your passion is very fulfilling to me.

Even though, my average response time was almost one to two days it’s still surprising that people like you didn’t stop replying to me.

and if sometimes I probably missed something out or “Kevin should have done that!” moments in my articles, you guys still have the time to correct me and I really appreciate that because I know, it’s a part of our learning process.

I have to say ours because people don’t just learn by their own mistake but also from mistakes of other people as well.

To my future friends and PC co-enthusiast:

Keep the messages, inquiries, feedbacks and pictures from your rigs coming. I’d love to feature you on GameBuildPC and hopefully we could learn from each other.

Billie’s Gaming PC:

Before I end this blog, I’d like to feature Billie’s gaming pc:

Thanks Bil!

Contact me here if you want me personally to reply on your questions.

 

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Regards,

Kevin

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Should I buy Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop?

gaming pc or gaming laptop

Welcome to our Your Question, I Answer portion of the GameBuildPC, where you can ask anything about PC and stuffs. 

So, Tristan Lazatin from our FB page asked me a question Should I build Gaming PC or buy Gaming Laptop?

First things first. If it’s purely for gaming then we already know who’ll perform best. But at the end of his message, it will also be used as a workstation. He’s still a student from UST and would want to build CAD projects as the same time for gaming.

Thanks Tristan for sending me a message. I’ll make a list of Pros and Cons of Gaming PC and Gaming Laptop, hoping it well help you decide:

Pros of PC:
  1. Cheap, in a sense that with same amount of money you will get far better performance compare to laptop
  2. Upgradable, PC is like brick cubes where you could swap it out with ones you like as long it’s compatible
  3. Customization, from different styles and featues you want
  4. Overall better gaming and creating project experience, choices of having bigger screens and layout
Cons of PC:
  1. Nevermind mobility, obviously you can’t bring it anywhere without spending too much effort carrying its weight.
  2. Staging area, it’s big and bulky. Unless you’ll build using m-ATX boards and cases.
  3. Dust, on the big fans including intake and exhaust and from both CPU and GPU. You have to make time to wipe it down.
Pros of Laptop:
  1. Mobility, if you could bring your workstation then you’re the champ of your team.
  2. Electricity consumption, less compare to desktop pc
  3. Best buddy, especially when you’re on the go for filming and editing.

I have to use laptop everytime when doing programming stuffs and creative thinking. It’s really tempting to use gaming pc because I usually get bored and have to do some minor breaks.

Main Cons of “GamingLaptop:
  1. IT WILL DEFINITELY RUN HOT.

I don’t want to exagerate this but it still indeed run incredibly hot especially when you’re not in the controlled temp environment especially if you’re not in the office or air conditioned room. It’s frustrating and you won’t be able to focus on your stuff. Unless you have a docking port / station with external keyboard and mouse.

Other cons of Laptop:

  1. Small screen, you may not like that since you’re also into gaming
  2. Almost zero option for upgrading, except for Storage and in most cases RAM and that process is not simple either.
  3. Price to performance is not as good as PC

So with that being said, I hope it adds additional info whether you should build a Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop. One thing to add:

Gaming laptop and PCs could also be used as workstation. Well depends on your preferences. 16GB RAM with powerful CPU can be helpful for your rendering and cad projects; 8GB RAM with powerful GPU can do a lot in Gaming.

Bottomline, it’s still up to your preferences.

Thanks Tristan!

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See ya, Kevin