Processor Facts: What is Hyper Threading?

Choosing to let go of your old computer can prove to be hard. All the precious files saved in it and as well as the software that you have should be moved to the new one.

It really isn’t an easy thing to do but it’s a needed step if you want to get a machine with better processor. Intel is one of the leading computer processor manufacturers in our time and almost all computers available have them.

Hyper-Threading Anyone?

Now, on your quest in finding the right processor, you might have read a feature that says “hyper-threading”. Intel Core i3 processors commonly have this but what exactly does it mean?

Is it an advantage to have a processor that supports hyper threading? How will it affect browsing and other computing tasks? Find out what hyper-threading exactly is in the video below.

Our friend Linus from TechQuickie has explained hyper-threading in simple terms using the “food intake” analogy. Hyper-threading technology has been around for more than 10 years. It has been a revolutionary feature that makes computing more capable of multitasking. Does your Intel processor support this?

Hyper-Threading Vs. No Hyper-Threading

Hyper-threading would be very helpful if you want a computer that is within your budget. Core i3 processors have it and it is the cheapest of the “i series” processors that you can get.

However, it does not in any way double your processing power. It just schedules tasks effectively so they can be done by the existing processor that you have. So don’t expect to do a lot of heavy tasks and run multiple processor-hungry applications at once with your Intel Core i3 processor.

Hyper-threading is a good cost-efficient option if you need an effective processor that can handle enough workload but take note that it also eats up more battery juice and causes more heat to be produced.

On the other hand, processors like Intel Core i5 is more costly and has more processing cores than i3. Some also don’t support hyper-threading so you can be sure that computers having this processor (although more expensive) tend to have more battery life.

If you want to get even more then you can move up to Intel Core i7 which is the top tier processor that the company can create. It has all the performance boosting feature you’ll need like Turbo Boost, hyper-threading and multicore above all! The only disadvantage of it is its price so get ready to shell-off some serious amount of dollars if you want it.

Reading Through Specifications Still Helps

Now, if you’re quite confident about the next computer that you’ll get after watching the video above and reading our short explanation, don’t make the mistake of just choosing your new machine without reading the specifications.

The Internet always has something to say about the different laptop or PC brands as well as the hardware components in it.

Be sure to read them first, compare one to the other, look for reviews before finally making the final choice. That’s the only secret of getting the best value out of the money you’ll be spending. If you need more help, feel free to post your questions in the comments section below. You can also get all of our latest content by signing up to our email newsletter.