Intel Core i5 750 review

Intel's entry-level quad lacks HyperThreading but still packs a hefty gaming punch

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Our Verdict

A great gaming chip that's just beginning to show its age.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Awesome gaming grunt
  • Massive overclocking headroom


  • AMD six-core has better multi-threading
  • New Core i5 760 model is better value

Late last summer, Intel rolled out the Core i5 750 based on Lynnfield, its mainstream Nehalem-class CPU. It became an instant favourite. Sure, it was short of a feature or three compared to Intel's finest, including HyperThreading. But for the money, there was nothing to touch it.

Fast forward 12 months and the Intel Core i5 750 is hanging in there. That's despite the arrival of the new Core i5 760 [link to review], a similar but slightly faster quad-core model, and several new dual-core, quad-thread Clarkdale chips such as the Intel Core i5 661.

The Core i5 750 has also soaked up an onslaught from AMD in the form of both quad-core chips such as the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition and the latest six-core AMD Phenom X6 1055T. Somehow, however, this plucky little quad remains relevant, especially if gaming grunt is high on your list of priorities.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i5 i5-700
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed2.66 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H LGA-1156
Brand NameIntel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification72.7°C
QuickPath Interconnect2.50 GT/s
L2 Cache1 MB
Product Seriesi5-700
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli5-750
Product NameCore i5 Quad-core I5-750 2.66GHz Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineCore i5
Input Voltage1.4 V DC
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80605I5750
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Get a major boost in PC power for fast multitasking at work or at play with the Intel Core i5 processor for desktops. With intelligent performance that accelerates in response to demanding tasks, such as playing games and editing photos, the new Intel Core i5 processor moves faster when you do.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology45 nm
Limited Warranty3 Year