Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Upgraded my PC to 7th gen i5 and it's been amazing so far

When PC upgrade was in progress
When PC upgrade was in progress
So finally, my wish for having a SATA 3 and USB 3 has come true and it couldn't be any better. I also glad for a much better motherboard with more options and functionality. I got a i5 7500 with H110 motherboard and 16GB RAM and rest is the same, my brother had to get another identical 8GB stick which he got for a really cheap price of ₹2,000 as we didn't have pay extra 18% GST, they are some pretty basic Hynix sticks without heat spreader but it does the job as they are not very high frequency (2666Mhz, though running at 2400mhz because of chipset limitation by Intel) and latency seems a bit high too for the clocks (CL19) which stays same even at lower speed.

My previous i7 3770 might have been slightly faster in some CPU intensive games but it used to run really hot as even with a decent Cooler Master H410R Air Cooler i used to get 73C peak temps and with normal and pretty basic cooler like Deepcool Alta 7 it even peaked 94C which was not ideal at all and would have probably shortened the lifespan of the CPU. So this 7th gen i5 being very efficient and impressively runs decently cool too, same basic Deepcool air cooler runs this thing at 10C cooler than what tower cooler did with i7, absolutely mind blowing to say the least. We have come a long way with the efficiency with only 4 generations of gap, well you could also say, makes sense because 22nm vs 14nm so that is typically expected.

I am glad to be on the DDR4 platform as well, my MSI H110M PRO-VD motherboard also really shines when it comes to all kind of features, my previous Asus H61 board was really limited with BIOS options as you couldn't even change Sleep settings, RAM Voltage and there was no way to enable EuP/ErP to disable USB charging when PC is off. This one does all that and give alot more things to set as well and interface is pretty nice as well another thing that barely matter but worth a mention is Hardware Reserved memory on this board is 35.8MB and my previous Asus mobo despite being so basic still consumed a hefty 50.3MB. I do prefer Asus for motherboards compared to any other brands but MSI is still pretty decent brand and they did a fine job with this one while Asus H61M-K was a bit disappointing because of being so limited with BIOS settings options.

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