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How Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors boost performance

Consumer Reports News: June 29, 2012 12:08 PM

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Intel has slowly been rolling out its third-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, and Consumer Reports has rated several laptops and desktops that use this series. We've found that they boost performance up to 20 percent for certain tasks compared with the previous generation's same speed Core processors.

New 3D features were also added to the new processors, including the ability to watch 3D videos with passive glasses and faster conversion of 2D videos into 3D.

Senior electronics editor Donna Tapellini visited Into Tomorrow to talk about which tasks are much speedier on these processors—and which aren't as noticeably affected. Get the details in our podcast.

Every week, Consumer Reports experts produce a short audio segment that covers a wide variety of issues regarding consumer electronics and technology for "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline." The recording featured on the Consumer Reports News Blog was aired on the prior weekend's "Into Tomorrow" broadcast.

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Now in its 17th year, "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" covers the latest in consumer electronics and technology available today and into tomorrow. The show airs on more than 180 AM and FM radio stations around the U.S. and can be heard globally through various sources—including America's Armed Forces Networks and podcasts of previous "Into Tomorrow" episodes.

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