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Intel Core i7


Released November, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Support for triple channel DDR3. Latest, fastest architecture. First Intel processor to have an on die memory controller.

The Cons:Requires a new socket - impossible for people to just upgrade their CPUs. High TDPs means these chips are very hot and use a lot of power. Only insanely-priced 965 XE has unlocked multiplier (Phenom II with unlocked multiplier is available at 1/4 the price).

Intel Core i7 is currently a family of three Intel Desktop x86-64 processors, Core i7 is the first Intel family to be released using the Intel Nehalem microarchitecture and is the successor to the Intel Core 2 family.

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Product Shot 2 All three models are quad-core processors. The Core i7 identifier applies to the initial family of processors codenamed Bloomfield. The moniker Core i7 does not have a deeper meaning, but continues the use of the successful Core brand. Core i7 was officially launched on November 17, 2008 in the USA.

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Pros
  • 8

    support for triple channel DDR3

  • 7

    latest, fastest architecture

  • 7

    first Intel processor to have an on die memory controller

  • 6

    low idle power consumption

  • 5

    Decent Boxed Cooler

  • 3

    Backside support of CPU socket with a metal plate to avoid PCB warping

  • 3

    Very tight fit of CPU in socket

  • 2

    doesn't cost all that much - base processor is $300

  • 0

    New Socket with improved cooler mounting method

Cons
  • 6

    requires a new socket - impossible for people to just upgrade their CPUs

  • 4

    high TDPs means these chips are very hot and use a lot of power

  • 2

    Only insanely-priced 965 XE has unlocked multiplier (Phenom II with unlocked multiplier is available at 1/4 the price)

  • 1

    not that big of an upgrade for those interested in gaming

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Yale: #intel_core_i7 cost of boards, CPUs and DDR3 RAM is significant Mar 21, 09
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