Intel Core i5 760 review

Intel gives our favourite gaming CPU an overdue speed bump

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Our Verdict

Replaces the Core i5 750 as our favourite gaming chip. No HyperThreading is a bit of a bummer.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Awesome gaming performance
  • Great value for an Intel quad-core CPU


  • Not quite the overclocking beast we expected
  • AMD's six-core chips are quicker in threaded apps

Speedier performance for more or less the same money is always welcome. That's exactly what you get from the new Intel Core i5 760. In almost every regard, it's identical to the existing Core i5 750 processor.

It's therefore a quad-core chip based on Intel's 45nm Nehalem processor architecture. What it does offer, however, is a speed bump from 2.66GHz to 2.8GHz. Not exactly a spectacular explosion in performance, we admit. But then Intel is only asking for an extra fiver.

In any case, even after a year on sale, the Core i5 750 is still an excellent all round performer. The slightly quicker Core i5 760 is only going to be better. The only snag is the arrival of AMD's new Phenom II X6 1055T beast. Six cores for a similar £150 or so price tag is awfully hard to resist.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i5 i5-700
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed2.80 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H LGA-1156
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification72.7°C
Direct Media Interface2.50 GT/s
L2 Cache1 MB
Product Seriesi5-700
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli5-760
Product NameCore i5 Quad-core i5-760 2.8GHz Desktop Processor
Product LineCore i5
Manufacturer Part NumberBV80605001908AN
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Marketing Information

With intelligent performance that accelerates in response to demanding tasks, such as playing games and editing photos, the Intel Core i5 processor moves faster when you do.

The Intel Core i5 processor automatically allocates processing power where it's needed most. Whether you're creating HD video, composing digital music, editing photos, or playing the coolest PC games with the Intel Core i5 processor you can multitask with ease and be more productive than ever.

Process Technology45 nm