Intel Core i7 is an Intel brand name for a series of high-end mobile and desktop microprocessors based on the x86-64 architecture.

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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 instructions/context-...
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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 55&...
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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?
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Core i7 & x58 overclocking?

Is there any problem overclocking the Core i7 chip on an x58 mb with you have all 6 memory slots filled? I just heard somewhere that if you want to overclock you should stick to 3 modules? Is there ...
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What hardware combonation is better one with a i7-720QM processor and GeForce 310M graphics or one with i5-430M processor and GeForce 360M?

I am looking for a new laptop and the two i am deciding between is an Asus with Intel® Core™ i5-430M processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M graphics. Or a Toshiba with the Intel® Core™ i7-720QM ...
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Dual Booting Ubuntu on my Core i7 64 bit with Windows 7

I downloaded the Ubuntu version 10 from the Internet and tried to run the wbu.exe inside the image that I burned to a CD. I am getting the following error: My details: OS: Windows 7 Ultimate ...
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VirtualBox recognise all threads as cores or only physical cores for dual core Core i7?

When I run VirtualBox (or other virtualisation software) it lets me select how many cores I like to allocate to a virtual machine. Since I have a dual core 2.66gHz Intel Core i7 with hyperthreading, ...
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Macbook Pro - 15" with i7 processor - Any problems with heat?

You may have already heard about the review done by the folks at PC Authority in Australia, where they had an i7 MacBook Pro that got up to 100 degrees Celsius during benchmarking. Here is the URL in ...
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Core i7 on linux loses its multithreading capability after suspend

On my debian-linux system, with a core i7 920 , each time I resume after the command "pm-suspend" (suspend to RAM), mutlithreading capabilities almost disappear. More specifically, two distinct ...
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How to calculate the setting for BCLK with Core i7?

Help me figure out the proper calculation for overclocking a Core i7. Given that: the default maximum memory speed is 1333MHz, the motherboard supports up to 2200 MHz by overclocking, and it has ...
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Core i7-620M vs Core i5-540M

I'm recommending a laptop to a colleague, and the specific laptop he has chosen has the above CPU chips as options. Both chips have 2-cores/4-threads. The i7-620M is a 2.66 GHz (4MB Cache) while the ...
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i5 540M or i7 720QM for laptop running VMs and software development tools? [closed]

I'm a software developer that would primarily be running Windows 7 as the primary operating system. On a typical day, I might, at any given moment, be running Visual Studio, Expression Web, SQL ...
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What is the difference between an Intel i7 and a Xeon quad core processor?

I know the Xeon processors have been around for a long time and are mostly used in servers, but I am curious, why do people not use the Xeons in a high performance desktop? As far as I know about ...
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For what sort of workload can a Core i7-920 be faster than a i7-860?

Core i7-860 has a slightly higher clock speed (2.8 vs 2.66 GHz) Core i7-920 has QPI and tri-channel DDR3 (vs DMI and dual-channel)
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What motherboard for a Core i7 920 Processor? [closed]

I am wanting to build a really nice PC, price is not to important as I will buy pieces every week or whatever it takes until I get everything I need. I am not a gamer but I would like to watch video ...
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How does Intel Turbo Boost Technology improve performance on the new Core i5, i7 series of chips?

I'm curious about the new innovations in Intel's Core i5 and i7 series of chips, in particular the Turbo Boost Technology. (Doesn't turbo boost remind you of Knight Rider?) What are the details on ...
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What is the common ground for i7 processors? [closed]

If you see this page, you would see that there are "5 specifications of i7 processors" (is the terminology correct?). They are all i7. What is the common ground among all these processors? I know ...
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How to select a processor/memory combination for overclocking?

I am looking to rebuild an older system of mine which is past it's prime. I intend to keep many of the existing components (hard drives, GPU, case, fans, etc) but I do intend to replace the ...
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What does the “Max Memory Size” on the new Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU's mean?

I just noticed in the specs of the new Intel Core i-series processors that there is a "Max Memory Size" that is usually pretty small -- anywhere from 8GB to 24GB. See here: http://ark.intel.com/...
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What is the difference between the SK1366 and K1156 Core i7?

I want to build a Core i7 computer, but im not really sure of what is the difference between them. I am want to build a comptuer that is going to be used for 3d design/ render, CAD, photoshop, ...
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Triple vs. Dual Channel with 6 sticks of memory

Assuming a Core i7 with a x58 chipset (IOW, triple-channel is supported)... I'm trying to decide if I need to buy triple channel memory kits. The MB has 6 slots, and I will populate them all. So I've ...
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“Generator noise” on boot

Since I bought this computer, every time I boot up, I hear this weird noise. You could compare it to a generator generating energy, or kind of like a formula 1 car, it goes from soft to loud and then ...
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Available RAM per core for mobile i7 processors

On a i7-720QM or i7-820QM mobile processors, can each core access all of the available RAM (i.e. 8 GB out of 8 GB). I've heard that on certain desktop motherboards this can cause problems, but I can't ...