Difference between Core 2 Technology vs Core i Technology

Intel Processor Comparison – Part 12 of 16

Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo technology have some more differences as compared to Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 technologies. Core 2 technology supports L2 cache while Core iX processors run Intel Smart Cache technology. Similarly, architectural change in bus architecture is also a difference. Core 2 processors use FSB (Front Side Bus) while Core i processors use Intel Smart Cache.

This article is part of a series of articles listed below

  1. Intel Processor Comparison – Introduction
  2. Want a faster PC, get more RAM first
  3. Processor Flashback
  4. Hyper Threading Technology
  5. Difference between Thread and Process
  6. Difference between Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad
  7. Difference Between Core 2 Duo and Core i3
  8. Difference Between Core 2 Quad and Core i5
  9. Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  10. Difference Between Core i3 and Core i5
  11. Difference Between Core i5 and Core i7
  12. Differences Between Core 2 and Core i Technologies
  13. Difference Between FSB and DMI
  14. Difference Between Smart Cache and L2 Cache
  15. Processor Comparison Bottom Line
  16. Processor Comparison Table

2 Replies to “Difference between Core 2 Technology vs Core i Technology”

  1. I believe that there is a mistake in the last sentence which reads:
    “Core 2 processors use FSB (Front Side Bus) while Core i processors use Intel Smart Cache.” It should read “…Core i processors use DMI (Direct Media Interface) which is a completely different channel than what the CPU uses to communicate with RAM and what it uses to communicate with PCIe. This results in a significant performance increase over FSB.”

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