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Intel Core i7
|Max. CPU clock rate||1.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz|
|QPI speeds||4.8 GT/s to 6.4 GT/s|
|Min. feature size||45 nm, 32 nm, or 22 nm|
|Instruction set||x86, x86-64, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2|
|Cores||2, 4, or 6|
Intel Core i7 is a name that the company Intel uses for the computer processors it makes for desktop and laptop computers . Intel uses this name for the fastest processors that they think will be used to build computers for consumers instead of business people. Intel started to use this name in 2008. Before 2008, Intel used the name "Core 2" for this kind of processor.
There are different types of Core i7 processor. The name does not name a type. Instead, it is the name for all of the fast processors that Intel thinks should be sold to consumers. Intel uses two other "Core i-" names for its processors for consumers: "Core i5" and "Core i3." Intel uses the "Core i5" name for processors that are not quite so fast as the "Core i7" processors. The "Core i5" processors can do most things that most people want to do quickly except for playing some types of computer games. Intel uses the "Core i3" name for processors for computers that are even slower than "Core i5" processors. "Core i3" can do most simple things for most people.
Intel uses a different name, Xeon, for processors that Intel makes for "server" computers for businesses. Some of the "Core i7" processors are almost the same as some of the "Xeon" processors, but each of the Xeon processors is a little bit different than the "Core i7" processor, because a "server" computer is not the same as a consumer computer. Intel also makes other "Xeon" processors that are not the same as any "Core i7" processor. Unlike the Core i7, Xeon processors support ECC (error corrected) memory, and multiple CPUs on the same motherboard.
- Intel Corporate (2008-08-11). "Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations". Press release. http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20080811comp.htm.
- "Intel® Core™ i7-920 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)". Intel. http://ark.intel.com/cpu.aspx?groupId=37147. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- "Intel® Core™ i7-940 Processor (8M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)". Intel. http://ark.intel.com/cpu.aspx?groupId=37148. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- "Intel® Core™ i7-965 Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, 3.20 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI)". Intel. http://ark.intel.com/cpu.aspx?groupId=37149. Retrieved 2008-12-06.