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Which is faster, a new MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz i7 processor, or a prior-generation MacBook Air with 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo?

Which is faster, a new MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz i7 processor, or a prior-generation MacBook Air with 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo? I'm wondering if this would be a step down or a step up in speed and ...
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How to avoid purchasing Faulty “Cougar Point” Chipset motherboard?

I plan on purchasing an Intel 2600K processor and am worried about my motherboard choice considering the faulty chipset ("Cougar Point" Chipset ) issues. What should I check to make sure I don't ...
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i7 2600K over heating

I just bought and installed an i7 2600K CPU with a BIOSTAR TP67XE motherboard. When I first started up the comp, I went into the bios and and said that my CPU was at 79C and it kept climbing (within ...
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Differences between i7 2600 and i7 2600K

I looked at their specifications on intel. It seems i7 2600K has HD Graphics 3000 while the i7 2600 has HD Graphic 2000. But other than that, the i7 2600 has several options and features that the i7 ...
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Macbook Air 2011, why is it capped at 4gb using DDR3 and Core i7 processors [closed]

I was looking at the specs for the new Macbook air, and I can't find any reasons why they are distributing them in 2gb and 4gb RAM configurations only. The RAM is soldered in and the Apple Store is ...
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Can an Intel Sandy Bridge GPU run Starcraft 2?

Intel's Sandy Bridge GPUs are said to be a lot better than their previous ones. I'm curious about whether or not such a GPU (or maybe their second generation) can run a game like Starcraft 2 ...
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Does Intel CPU in MacBookPro 8,2 (Early 2011) supports AES-NI?

According to the MacBook Pro page on Wikipedia, the MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2011) model (aka MacBookPro8,2) has in base configuration an Intel CPU 2.0 GHz quad-core (2635QM). Around April 2011, I ...
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Eyefinity Setup on Z68 board with LucidLogix Virtu and i7 2600k

I have set up Eyefinity 3 monitor on an i7-870 with a ATI 5770 in the past as part of a display and am planning a new system for the near future. I have a i7-2600k processor and am leaning heavily ...
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Which Intel processor in notebook [closed]

I soon gonna need a new laptop to use Visual Studio 2010 professional and SQL Server 2008. I don't know if gonna buy a notebook with processor Core i5 or i7. Which processor should I use? // ...
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HP ENVY 14 i7-940 - GPU overheating?

I'm having troubles with my HP ENVY 14 overheating (specifically, the GPU is overheating.) The specs of my machine are: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 i7-940 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Windows 7 Professional ...
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Fixed computer… but I have no clue what I changed to fix it. Ideas?

Describing what is broken: The computer in question broke a couple weeks ago. Specifically the computer was broken in such a way that when I turn the computer on the computer turns on but the screen ...
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How do I attain safe temperatures for my new i7-2600 non-k?

I'm apparently having some cooling problems. I recently moved from a Core 2 Quad Q6600 on a P5K with 4GB and a Asus ATI 5770 running Windows XPsp2 Pro, to an i7-2600 non-k on a P8P67 (latest BIOS) ...
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Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink?

Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink? From the look of the stock heatsinks it would seem that they do, however I would like to be sure before moving my Zalman.
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GPU at >= 100% for Intel HD Graphics 3000

On my brand new Lenovo W520 (with Sandy Bridge, 2820QM) and with default settings and on battery power, the "Power Manager" status shows that the GPU usage is constant at 100% or larger. Is this ...
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Can I use the video card integrated into the i7, and also another, PCI Express video card? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I enable onboard graphics AND dedicated card simultaneously ? I'm trying to make a 3-monitor system, with an Intel i7 Sandy bridge. I'm looking at 2 options: ...
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Overheating i7 920

I've got i7 920 for more than a year now, Temp without any load (1-5%): 64/65/62/66 C Temperature when system load is high easily goes up to 95C and over (then system shuts itself down) I cleaned ...
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MacBookPro 8,2 i7-2820QM real-time “turbo frequency”

I am on a MacBook Pro with this processor: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52227, computing a strictly single-threaded workload. Since the CPU has a clock speed of 2.3 GHz and a max Turbo ...
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How to disable SpeedStep for an Intel Core i7 processor?

I'm taking performance measurements of several bits of code. How can I disable SpeedStep on my Core i7 CPU so that the CPU clock speed is constant? I'm not trying to overclock here, and since ...
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How to find out register sizes of Intel Processors

I'm wondering about the register sizes of the three following intel processers. i7-2920XM i5-2540M G6960 I've been to Intel's specs and also have gone through the datasheet. But I couldn't seem ...
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Windows Experience Index score on two CPU not as expected

I have a Dell XPS 720, from 2008, running an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4Ghz, and a new MacBook Pro running Intel Core i7 M640 @ 2.8Ghz. (The MBP was obviously "boot camped") I had expected the MBP ...
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Core i5 vs Core i7 for desktop virtualization

I'm working out the best setup for a programming/testing computer. I am looking at two processors: Both Sandy Bridge running Win7 x64: Core i5-2300 & Core i7-2600 I know about the SATA issue, ...
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MacBookPro Core i7 - system profiler says “Number of cores: 2”

I thought that "quad core" meant quad core. My system says that it has 2 cores, but perhaps I'm thinking of it wrong, or perhaps the OS ignores 2 cores. What do you know about the issue. (Note: Intel ...
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how can I check whether Intel's AVX is enabled on my computer?

I have a new Computer with Sandy Bridge CPU, which supports the new AVX instruction set, and Win 7 Ultimate x64 - which is supposedly capable of supporting AVX (i.e., 256-bit SIMD ...
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How to determine if a device is SATA driven and will be affect by the Sandy Bridge Intel Issue?

Looking to buy a higher-end Windows 7 laptop, but I'm concerned about the issue with the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset. Otherwise, my price range covers laptops within the latest (Sandy Bridge) ...
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What is a normal/safe temperature for an i7 2600K CPU? [closed]

I just completed my first build, and while I was finagling around in the BIOS I noticed, with some concern, that my CPU was sitting around 60 °C. Even when I set the maximum temperature to ...
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Can Intel Sandy Bridge processors use stand alone GPUs?

I understand the new Sandy Bridge processors (for example the i7-2600K) have integrated GPUs, I was wondering if you could also use stand alone GPUs with them, and would they work together so you have ...
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Can I put a laptop Core i7 CPU in a desktop?

One of the most important thing to me for a CPU is a good mix between speed and heat. For example five years ago I bought a Core 2 Duo 6300 (max TDP 65W): I put a big heatsink on the CPU, no fans (I ...
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Motherboard for a Dual Quad Core i7 processor? [closed]

I was wondering if there are motherboards that support two i7 Quad core processors (total 8 core support) with 32GB RAM. I was looking for it on the Dell website but could not find it. Any suggestions ...
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If I use a discreet GPU with Sandy Bridge, would Sandy Bridge's on-die GPU be sitting idle and be completely wasted?

Or would the on-die GPU somehow work with the discreet GPU and still be productive?
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i7 overclocking problem

I've got an overclocked system that seems to be misbehaving. When trying to boot up from cold the system just hangs and nothing is output to the screen. Fans are on as they should but nothing ...
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i7-980X at 70% speed

Hi we bought a nice computer to use to solve optimization problems. Intel i7-980X@3,33 GHz with 12 GB of Team Group 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM. When we use Gurobi the computer uses all 12 cores at maximum ...
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Change VMware Number of Processor

I have laptop with core i7 CPU, I install VMware on it I want know If I change number of processor to 2 is it really use 2 of my core i7 core or just use one and simulate me in VMware I have 2 cpu?
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Core i7 c1e and speedstepping - BSOD on shutdown

I'm having an interesting problem with my recent Core i7 Digital Audio workstation build that I am curious to see if others have encountered. First, here are the specs on the machine. ASUS P6TD ...
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Battery life with i3 vs. i5 vs. i7

I recently purchased a laptop with an i7-640m processor (blinded by a discount), and my battery life is fairly horrendous: the manufacturer given battery life is 6 hours (I know, it's an upper bound), ...
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Computer freezes for 2+ seconds, mouse still moves

I have this problem on my workstation. The computer would effectively freeze for 2-5 seconds for no apparent reason, then continue as normal. While frozen the mouse would still be movable, but only on ...
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Why doesn't my i7 ever use its processing power?

I'm writing about my Sony Vaio laptop again. It's an i7 with 6 GB of RAM, 500 GB 7200 RPM machine. Ever since I've owned it, I've seen its CPU at 100% perhaps once. Most of the time, applications ...
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Any big differences between the Core i7 940 and 950?

It seems the only difference between the Intel Core i7 940 and 950 is a minor clock speed increase, is there anything else that has been changed? I've read the white papers on both processors and they ...
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Need an article about multithreading in i7 processor [closed]

I need an article about multi-threading in intel i7 processors, I am searching from hours and can't find anything!.please give me some links or any informations.
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TaskManager, HyperThreading: Which CPUs are real and which are HT?

When I open Task Manager I see 8 CPUs in the CPU Graph, since I have a Core i7 with 4 Cores + HyperThreading (running on Win7 x64). When I set Process affinity I get CPU 0 to CPU 7 listed. How can I ...
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Should I opt for an iMac 27 inch quad core — 2.8 GHz i5 processor or 2.93 GHz i7 processor? [closed]

I will be using the iMac for video-editing with Final Cut Pro. The basic configuration offered by Apple for the iMac 27 Quad Core is with i5 processor 2.8 GHz.... Will paying additional money for the ...
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Performance wise: GTX 460 + SSD or GTX 470 + HDD

I know this may sound a little bit too specific, but I'm going to buy my new rig this weekend and this is the only thing that is keeping me from finishing the specs. Right know I'm going to get a: ...
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Why don't all Core i5/i7 laptops have Optimus? Are their Intel HD graphics accessible?

I've been looking to get a new laptop, and I'm looking for something with good battery life and a good video card. After all, those are no longer mutually exclusive thanks to technologies such as ...
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Upgrading Motherboard and processor

I am upgrading my motherboard (ASUS M2NPV-MX) to (ASUS Rampage III) and processor AMD X2 Dual Core to Intel Core i7-980x. I was wondering after upgrading these hardwares will windows bootup fine? If ...
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HD 1080 performance on Ubuntu 10.04 under dual core VS quad core i7?

I am preparing to purchase a new laptop, with Ubuntu 10.04 built in, from System76 with 8.0 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, ATI 4570 graphics with 512 MB GDDR2 memory, 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA II hard drive, and I ...
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Core i5 vs. i7 in respect to overclocking potential

I'm hesitating between getting a i5 760 or a i7 860, both of which have 4 cores at 2.8GHz. The i5 is considerably cheaper -- what is the downside to it? Is it far more limited in the amount of ...
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What precautions should I take when upgrading or replacing a CPU?

I have an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHZ. I was just considering upgrade options for gaming, and I'm not even sure if it's possible. If I get one, doesn't it need to match the slot type ...
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i7 Notebook with 4:3 or at least 16:10 screen?

I am sick and tired of my widescreen 16:9 MacBook (running mostly Windows anyway). Does anyone know any new (= i7, i5 CPU) notebook with a 15''-16'' inch screen in the 4:3 or at least 16:10 format?
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Windows XP identifies only one core

I am using a Dell Latitude 6410 laptop with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz processor. I am not sure how many core it supports, but I assume it should be minimum of 2. But Windows XP task ...
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i5 with 7200 RPM HDD vs i7 with 5400 RPM HDD

I'm getting a new dev laptop, mostly on Apache/PHP/Oracle/Eclipse and VirtualBox doing web dev stuff. I've googled around and basically most people agree that i7 would be too much just for that. So I ...
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How to disable 2 cores on a quadcore i7?

I have a laptop with a quadcore i7 that runs hot. I don't need 2 of the cores. How can I shut them off?