Intel Core i5 750 Processor Review

By Julio Franco · 55 replies
Sep 7, 2009
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  1. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Very good review Julio. After this I feel even better about recommending the i5 750 to a friend.
  2. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    The i5 750 is definitely an outstanding processor
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Glad you agree with me and thanks for the feedback!
  4. The only thing I don't get is why the speed is only still highest at 3.0 or 3.2ghz...

    I remember not to long about for people who bought a 500 or 800 mhz cpu, would get mad at the 1.0 or 1.2 ghz that got released later on in the short amount of 2 years...

    I figured we'd be at 6 or 8ghz CPUs by now...
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,668   +988

    @Guest, no need to as architectures have become more efficient and powerful clock for clock. Also, a decade ago the notion was that you had to push the MHz to gain performance, while most recently the shift has taken place into parallel processing (multi-core CPUs).
    The way that works is still being perfected, even with the Core i7s and the processors that come after them since they are considered more complex to program for in order to take full advantage of all processing cores.
  6. so then, I ask of you, after parallel processing, whats next you think? Quantum Processing?
  7. Can anybody tell me if I can pair a gtx 275 with a phenom II x 2 550? Will the gaming performance differ too much from i5?
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    MHz or GHz do not have the impact they once did. Yes, overclocking a Core i5 processor from 2.66GHz to 4GHz will improve performance but … if you down clock the Core i5 750 to even 400MHz it will smash an 800MHz Pentium II processor for example as the architecture is significantly more efficient as Julio said.

    Really depends on the game but with a pair of GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards there are few games that will present a problem with the Phenom II X2 550 processor.
  9. Doesn't really seem worthwhile upgrading to a i5 750 from a Wolfdale. Guess I'll sit this one out until Sandy Bridge or later probably.
  10. Frank5

    Frank5 TS Rookie

    Nice review!

    i5 750 will rock, where did you get this MaxxPI benchmarks?

  11. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Thanks! Here you go...
  12. I'm just starting to get into all this tech stuff and I want to make sure I am reading this properly. Will the i5 750 support XP mode in Windows 7 professional? The Microsoft site says that this requires the processor to support hardware virtualization. The Intel sites says that this processor does not have that but the Intel site also claims that is it Windows 7 ready. Which one am I to believe?
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    It will work. Alternatively you can run Windows XP in any operating system using software such as VirtualBox. In fact on my Windows 7 system I run WinXP in VirtualBox as a download machine on a different Internet connection.
  14. Excellent! Thank you very much for helping me to clear this up!
  15. I have to say, the i5 750 processor screams. I don't have mine overclocked, so I'm still at the factory 2.66 GHz speed, but it's still EONS faster than my wife's computer at 3.2 GHz speed... Great processor, well worth the money... now my wife is jealous and wants me to build a new computer for her... lol
  16. good point!
  17. i currently have a pentium(R) dual-core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2CPUs) would i be wise to upgrade to i5-core for better gaming preformance (Aion)
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,668   +988

    There's definitely going to be a speed advantage, but the GPU is the most relevant component to gaming frame rates.
  19. Not sure why you say the Intel site says it doesn't support virtualization,
    Check here:
  20. Is this much better then the core 2 duo?
  21. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Well its much better than the Core 2 Quad flagship processor so I am going to say YES it is much better than a Core 2 Duo.
  22. I had put in an i5 750 for use as an VMWare ESXI server. It's simply brilliant. I have 8 GB on my mobo, and I was able to run 5 VMs very successfully on my server all updating at the same time.

    Sweet processor for VMWare.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    It appears you have misinterpreted the i5-750's specs. It does support virtualization. What it doesn't support is Hyper threading.

    So yes, you can run "XP mode" with it, as long as you spring for a copy of Windows 7 Professional (or better).

    "Windows 7 Home Premium" does NOT support running the virtual machine.

    Take a closer look at the CPU specs:
  24. is the i5 750 shown up in any laptops?

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