Intel Core i7 is an Intel brand name for several families of desktop and laptop 64-bit x86-64 processors using the Nehalem, Westmere, and Sandy Bridge microarchitectures. The Core i7 brand is targeted at the business and high-end consumer markets for both desktop and laptop computers.
The Core i7 identifier was first applied to the initial family of processors codenamed Bloomfield introduced in 2008. In 2009 the name was applied to Lynnfield and Clarksfield models. Prior to 2010, all models were quad-core processors. In 2010, the name was applied to dual-core Arrandale models, and the Gulftown Core i7-980X Extreme processor which has six hyperthreaded cores. In January 2011, Intel released a line of Sandy Bridge based chips under the Core i7 brand.
Intel representatives stated that the moniker Core i7 is meant to help consumers decide which processor to purchase as the newer Nehalem-based products are released in the future.The name continues the use of the Intel Core brand. The first Core i7 was officially launched on November 17, 2008.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
With 2nd generation Intel Core i7 mobile processor Extreme Edition, you get the following features built in:
- Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 dynamically increases the processors frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits.
- Intel® HT Technology allows each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time.
- Intel® HD Graphics 3000 delivers built-in performance for casual and mainstream gaming with no extra graphics hardware needed.
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