The Intel Core i7 Processors are the fastest in comparison with the other two families, Core i5 and Core i3, in the Core brand of processors. They are manufactured using Nehalem Micro Architecture and targeted for the business and high-end users in the market, although, the excellent graphics display, memory and processing capacity of the Core i7 processors also make them the most ideal desktop computers for home use. It has a multi-core technology that ensures a very fast processing speed for multitasking computer work.
Its features, some of which are similar to the i5 and i3 Core series, are combined to give the best and fastest computing services for users.
1. 32 nm quadcore processors
2. Core speeds of 2.66 GHz, 2.93 GHz and 3.06 GHz
3. Processor frequency of 2.66 GHz (i7-920 processor) and 3.06 GHz (i7-950 processor)
4. Intel Turbo Boost Technology increases processing frequency where needed
5. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology with 8 processing threads, 2 of them leading to each of the 4 cores. This multiple threading enables faster completion of tasks, even if done simultaneously.
6. Integrated Memory Controller
7. 8 MB Smart Cache shared by the four cores provides a large memory for data storage and management applications
8. Intel HD Boost which has the SSE4 Instruction Set that enables easy and fast use of multimedia applications
9. Intel QPI (Quickpath Interconnect) increases bandwidth for faster transfers of data up to speeds of 25 GB per second. This feature is present in the i7-900 series.
10. Microsoft Windows 7 – ready
The Intel Core i7 was first introduced with quad-core processors, first in 2008 with the Bloomfield processors, and later in 2009 with the Lynnfield processor for desktops and Clarksfield for mobile processors. A dual-core Arrandale mobile processor is also available. The most advanced was launched on March 2010, the six-core Gulftown processor, which is the Extreme Edition of the Intel Core i7.