[Intel Feature] As camera pixel counts increase, processing speed becomes increasingly critical. While camera manufacturers are developing new and faster processor chips, many photographers make do with out-dated computers.


If you do anything more than the most basic image and video editing or process 3D images and video clips, a two- or three-year-old computer may not keep pace with processing. Few things are more irritating than having to wait for your computer to upload a collection of images and/or video clips and it’s even more annoying when you have to pause in the middle of an editing task to allow processing to be completed.

What do you need to make Photoshop sing and handle the demands of HD video editing or 3D processing? Plenty of processing power. Intel’s 3rd Generation Core processors can handle the most complex tasks. And there’s a processor to suit different technological demands.

Which Processor Do You Need?

Choosing the right processor can save you money as well as optimising the amount of time you spend on key tasks. It can also reduce waiting times for important backing-up processes and other aspects of file transferral. The new 3rd Generation Intel Core Desktop Processors can save you money through energy efficiency, enabling your computer to meet ENERGY STAR and other environmental requirements.

Photographers in professional environments and those who shoot a lot of video will benefit from the top-of-the-range Core i7 processor. Serious enthusiasts can choose between the Corei7 and Core i5 models, while snapshooters and photographers who mainly shoot stills will probably find the Core i3 processor covers most, or all, of their requirements. The table below shows the features provided at each level.


Key Technologies

The new 3rd Generation Intel Core Desktop Processors include the following key technologies:

·         Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which dynamically increases the processor’s frequency to deliver a burst of speed when you need it. It’s particularly valuable when handling large files, multiple exposures or video clips.

·         Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivers two processing threads per physical core and adds an additional boost to processing speed by supporting parallel processing.  

·         An Integrated Memory Controller enhances memory read/write performance through efficient pre-fetching algorithms, lower latency and higher memory bandwidth. 

·         Built-In Visuals* include Intel Quick Sync Video and Intel Clear Video HD for optimised video editing and viewing, Intel InTru 3D and Intel HD Graphics for optimal stereoscopic playback of 3D images, video and graphics and Intel Advanced Vector Extensions for improved software performance for audio processing, audio codecs and image and video editing applications. 

·         Intel Smart Cache provides a shared cache, dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This significantly reduces latency, improving performance. 

·         AES New Instructions (AES-NI) add hardware acceleration to AES algorithms and speeds up the execution of AES applications. 

·         Intel Virtualisation Technology enables one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. Users can improve productivity by separating computing activities into separate partitions.

·         A Thermal Solution for Boxed Processors includes a four-pin connector for fan speed control to help minimise the acoustic noise generated by running the fan at higher speeds to maintain the correct operating temperature of the computer.

* Whether you will receive the benefits of built-in visuals depends upon the particular design of the PC you choose. Consult your PC manufacturer to see if built-in visuals are enabled on your system. Learn more about built-in visuals at www.intel.com/technology/visualtechnology/index.htm