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CPU-Z Reports Core i3 as Core i5

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    CPU-Z Reports Core i3 as Core i5


    For what-ever reason, the system information window reports that I have a Core i3 processor, but CPU-Z reports the Core i3 as a Core i5 processor. I want to know why CPU-Z is reporting the processor incorrectly. See the screenshot below:

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    Thanks for the help!

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  2. #2


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Possibly an error within CPU-Z. Check here. Look at FAQs

    CPU-Z CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
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  3. #3


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    That is correct. The only difference between an i5 & i3, is how Intel rated the CPU for meeting the spec's. If it does not pass the tests to be an i5, they rated it as an i3. It is the same way that they do with the Celeron's & the parent chip rating. Same as the Intel Core Duo & Pentium.

    Just call yourself lucky that you got a good chipset. You can send the results to Intel for them to verify if that batch of CPU's is in fact all rated at the lower i3 rating.
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  4. #4


    I need a link to download CPU-Z on my system. I believe I have an i3 processor. If not, I will look and see what I have in the morning. Every time I try to download it, it wants to install other junk with it. Speccy wouldn't work on my system. Why? I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamsjesse17 View Post
    I need a link to download CPU-Z on my system. I believe I have an i3 processor. If not, I will look and see what I have in the morning. Every time I try to download it, it wants to install other junk with it. Speccy wouldn't work on my system. Why? I don't know.
    CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Just call yourself lucky that you got a good chipset. You can send the results to Intel for them to verify if that batch of CPU's is in fact all rated at the lower i3 rating.
    Why do you say this? I don't understand why I should be considering myself lucky for having a good chipset.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by drgnslyr91 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Just call yourself lucky that you got a good chipset. You can send the results to Intel for them to verify if that batch of CPU's is in fact all rated at the lower i3 rating.
    Why do you say this? I don't understand why I should be considering myself lucky for having a good chipset.
    It is a known fact that Intel has doe that with their CPU's for a very long time. If your chip is showing rated at the faster CPU or another model, as I stated before, consider yourself lucky.

    If you want to verify that is the case, Intel can take the info you send to them, and they can verify that is correct for the batch of chips your CPU came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by williamsjesse17 View Post
    I need a link to download CPU-Z on my system. I believe I have an i3 processor. If not, I will look and see what I have in the morning. Every time I try to download it, it wants to install other junk with it. Speccy wouldn't work on my system. Why? I don't know.
    CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
    I tried that. But, the CPUID software wont load. It stops at Processors.
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Williams View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by williamsjesse17 View Post
    I need a link to download CPU-Z on my system. I believe I have an i3 processor. If not, I will look and see what I have in the morning. Every time I try to download it, it wants to install other junk with it. Speccy wouldn't work on my system. Why? I don't know.
    CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
    I tried that. But, the CPUID software wont load. It stops at Processors.
    Try using Intel's own tool: Download Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool - MajorGeeks
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Williams View Post
    I tried that. But, the CPUID software wont load. It stops at Processors.
    Try using Intel's own tool: Download Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool - MajorGeeks
    Okay. That worked. Thanks, CountMike.
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