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Meaning of Intel Processor suffixes

I just bought a Core i7 2nd generation machine which shows the processor in the BIOS as: Intel Core i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70Ghz I have seen i7 3rd and 4th generation processors on Google but I am not ...
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What USB 3.0 functionality does Intel's iusb3mon monitor?

Along with Intel USB 3.0 Host Controller drivers, a utility called "iusb3mon.exe" (Intel USB 3.0 Monitor) was installed at startup. Its apparent goal is to "monitor" some USB 3.0 functions. My ...
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Fake Intel CPUs?

I recently purchased a processor off eBay that was labelled as an Intel Core i5-2520M. It came shipped in just a tray, not the original box, but the processor and all its markings look perfectly ...
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Intel Matrix Storage Manager vs Linux Software RAID

The chipset I'm using supports the Intel RSTe technology. It means that I have two options for RAID setup: Ordinary linux software RAID, using mdadm command. RSTe (either by the BIOS or, again, ...
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Intel VT-x disappeared after upgrading to Windows 8

I've upgraded to Windows 8 some weeks ago (MSDNAA!) and today, while I was trying to run a VM, I've noticed that VT-x is disabled. Now, Hyper-V works without problems, as I've tried emulating Win7 ...
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What are threads, and what do they do in the processor?

I was looking at the stats for the Intel Pentium e5700 CPU. It has two cores and two threads. What do the threads do for the processor? Is there any relation between the number of cores and the ...
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How to disable auto brightening LCD

I am not talking about adjusting screen brightness through power management (this is a laptop), I'm not talking about how the screen brightness setting may be different between 'plugged in' and '...
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Where are Intel Itanium chips used?

I think that all the Intel chips I've ever bought were IA-32 architecture. Are Intel Itaniums sold in desktops or laptops?
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Determine the architecture of a Mac from the command line or script?

I'm writing a shell script, and I need to know the architecture, i.e. PPC or Intel. Back in the day, there was a program /bin/arch that told you, but my mac doesn't seem to have it... Is there an easy ...
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Why did Intel drop the Itanium? [closed]

I was reading up on the history of the computer and I came along the IA-64 (Itanium) processors. They sounded really interesting and I was confused as to why Intel would decide to drop them. The ...
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What's the main difference between Intel processor generations?

What are the main differences between each processor generation of Intel processors/chipsets? Is there a performance difference? I've already seen processors from first to sixth generation, however I ...
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Which CPUs support 1GB pages?

Some Intel CPUs support 1GB pages. This is identified by looking at CPUID 0x80000001, EDX bit 26. The Linux kernel exposes this via /proc/cpuinfo as the pdpe1gb flag. Where do we find out which ...
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Difference Between Cores and Processors

I am confused by the difference between "Cores" and "Processors". A lot of the computers are 2-cores, 4-cores. Does this mean that they have one processor with 2 or 4 cores on that single processor? ...
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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 do the letter suffixes mean in Intel's naming schemes?

Let's take for example the Core i5 family: Among the processors in this list, there are at the end of some cpu name letters like K,S,T,U,M,ME. What do they mean? Thanks
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Whats the link between security and processors

So I have been on the web for a while today and came across the intel xeon processors. In the feature list, it mentions security. I remember in many other places, I've seen security somehow linked ...
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How come my Intel 520 180GB SSD performs extremely poorly?

I recently installed a new Intel 520 series 180GB SSD in my brand new MacBook Pro. The system is as follows: Model: MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 ...
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My 386sx refuses to start in cold days

My old computer refuses to start in cold days. So, in really hot days (about 40ºC / 104ºF ) or even hotter, this PC usually starts, but in cold days, it wont. When the temperature is not in the "...
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How to get into BIOS when USB keyboard is not powered and have no PS/2 ports?

Just got a new Windows 7 PC (64-bit) with an Intel DH67CL motherboard. It's been working fine but I decided I wanted to try to get into the BIOS. Unfortunately I can't do it because my USB keyboard ...
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Is my i7 920 Intel processor considered ia64 or x64?

Is my i7 920 Intel processor considered ia64 or x64?
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What`s the difference between Intel 64 and AMD64?

Can someone explain if there is any difference between the intel64 and amd64 architectures?
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Should I enable Intel Virtualization and VT-d?

I have an Intel Core Duo P8600 and use Virtualbox. Virtual box some settings about virtualization. My question is should I enable Intel Virtualization and VT-d? I found that they were both disabled....
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Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop?

Investigation continued Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop? (Continued) Dell Latitude E6420 is my laptop with Windows 7 Enterprise. Turbo Boost is enabled in BIOS but is disabled in ...
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Triple monitor setting in Linux with USB-HDMI adapter

I'm trying to set up a triple monitor desktop at my office using Fedora 17, but it seems impossible, let me explain the setting: Laptop ASUS K53SD with 2 graphic cards, Intel and nVidia (Screen ...
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Do the Intel Core-i series processors not have pins?

Its been a while since I installed a CPU. Used to be they had pins on the chip the went into the motherboard. Am I seeing this right? Are the pins now on the motherboard and the CPU just has contacts?
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Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Settings - what exactly do they do?

Despite the fact that virtually all modern Dell laptops (and probably others) are supposed to have the Intel Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver installed, I couldn't find any end-user ...
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Intel X25-M G1 (no TRIM) SSD - format and restore just as good as TRIM?

I've got an older X25-M that doesn't support trim. If I image the drive, format it, then reimage it, would that restore it to roughly its original R/W speeds?
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CPU temperature too high but fan not running at max speed

I think I am having some problem with processor fan... it never runs on full speed event though my processor temperature is going so high. I am using HWMonitor (also speedfan) to record temperatures ...
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Does Snow Leopard provide Java 6 for 32-bit machines?

There has been some speculation that Apple's Snow Leopard would finally include a version of Java 6 that works on 32-bit Intel hardware. Now that the OS has been released, can anybody confirm whether ...
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Safe to uninstall Intel Matrix Storage Manager?

New laptop came with this preinstalled. Is it bloatware or OK to uninstall?
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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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Makefile fails to install file correctly, installing HPL

I started installing HPL a while ago, and had a related question. I've been following along with this guide from Intel. I figure this warrants a whole new one. When I try to make the archive, the ...
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Screen rotation hot key (Ctrl+Alt+Up) not responding, what's going on?

The other day my son (11 months) discovered a new hot key combination on my laptop. As I'm sure many of you are aware (I wasn't until the other day), on machines with Intel Graphics, pressing Ctrl+...
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How does Intel Turbo Boost work?

I just got a new Intel CPU, and the specifications say 3.5GHz but with turbo boost to 3.9GHz. What does Intel Turbo Boost do? From the description it sounds like they are saying "The road's speed ...
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Intel SRT vs Superfetch

I'm about to retire my old computer, and replace it with a new Sandy Bridge build. I pretty much settled for a Z68 motherboard, but I couldn't decide if I will get solid-state drive (for use with ...
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Advantages of TXT/VT-d in new Intel CPUs

I am going to buy a new CPU. I have Intel Core 2 duo 4300. I've already chosen Intel i5-2500/i5-2500k (Sandy Bridge) as my new target CPU. I've read a lot of details about Sandy Bridge family, P67/H67 ...
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What GPU does the Intel N3700 have?

I have an Intel N3700 CPU, but I can't figure out which GPU I have. CPU-Z says "Intel HD Graphics," but which version? Here is a screenshot from CPU-Z:
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Are CPU coolers for LGA 775 compatible with LGA 1155 CPUs?

I have a fancy CPU cooler for my older LGA 775 Intel CPU. I want to upgrade to an LGA 1155, including a new motherboard and RAM. Would I be able to re-use the CPU cooler? Or would I need a new one (...
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How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system?

How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system? This is actually a follow-up question to USB 3.0 ports function as USB 2.0 ports on Windows 7 -- trying ...
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TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD

I am considering purchasing the Origin PC EON 11-S Pro laptop. It will be mounted to my wheelchair, so a solid-state drive (Intel 520 Series) will be used to eliminate any data loss due to low level ...
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Intel data bus of Intel 80486 and above CPUs

Why do Intel 80486 and above CPUs have a double 32-bit internal data bus? ALU is still 32 bits wide, so what is the extra 32-bit bus for?
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Unexpected shutdown with heavy single threaded process and single core affinity

I'm not sure what's the cause of the problem, but it happened 3 times in two weeks under similar conditions. I checked with the laptop's support desk and they made me run several tests to see if my ...
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Safe temperature range for a Core 2 Quad CPU? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo I've looked around for an answer to this for a while, and have found many conflicting answers. I've ...
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Intel's AES-NI performance: Isn't the hard drive the bottleneck?

Will I see a performance gain with AES-NI using dm-crypt/LUKS for hard drive system encryption? Isn't the hard drive the bottleneck even without hardware acceleration?
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How can I know if the specified model of Intel processor is 3rd g or 4th g?

I need a quick and easy way to identify if the Intel processor in the specifications of a laptop is from the 3rd Generation or 4th generation without using software or internet. Thanks in advance.
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Difference between laptop and tablet processors?

From what I have gathered, it appears to me that laptop CPUs (in particular, made by Intel) are less powerful than their corresponding desktop CPU counterpart (e.g. Intel Core i5 for a laptop is less ...
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L2 Vs. L3 CPU cache speed and performance

In the past few years, looking at Intel CPUs, there has been a move from large size L2 cache to large size L3 cache. A lot of this is due to having more cores on the CPU and wanting to share the cache ...
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What's the max memory i7 processors can use?

There are lots of i7 motherboards that support 64GB memory, and even one that supports 128GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130681 But I read that i7 CPUs can't access more ...
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PC getting stuck at the Intel boot screen

there is this strange problem I am facing for quite a while now at the time of starting up my pc. WHERE it occurs: The problem occurs at the very first screen that appears after pressing power button ...
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Why does my Intel CPU underclock itself automatically?

I have an Intel i3 350m and a Core 2 Quad 8300. The 350m is 2.2ghz, while the Core 2 Quad is 2.5ghz. With both, while looking at CPU-Z, they underclock themselves at seemingly random intervals (even ...