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Intel’s Core i7: Features and Benefits

The Core i7 is the first processor of Intel with an integrated memory controller.   The features of this newest processor of Intel promise better quality and performance.  It is based on Core architecture, but with enhancements for higher efficiency.  This processor is actually faster than Core 2 by 16%.  Core i7  makes use of the state-of-the-art micro architecture, a new socket which is called LGA 1366, and other high-end tools for better performance.


Better Core architecture

One of the top features of Core i7 is its integrated memory controller.  Other processors have external memory controllers located in the north bridge chip.  This goes to say that these processors are dependent on the motherboard in determining the capacity and type of memory to be installed.  In the case of Core i7, it is the processor itself that determines the amount and type of memory that can be installed.  Core i7 accepts DD3 memory.  This processor supports the Triple-channel architecture, which allows the access of three memory modules by the CPU, and also allows the reading and storing of data at the same time.  This results in a greater number of bits transferred.  Actually, this feature increases the bandwidth of the transfer by 50% compared to that of the dual channel.

With Hyper Threading Technology

After abandoning Hyper Threading Technology after Pentium 4, Intel brings it back in its Core i7.  Hyper Threading Tech is a technology that runs multiple threads simultaneously.  Having this in the system poses a lot of advantages.  For one, this keeps the system more efficient and secure.  Because of its simultaneous threading, better graphics and faster video encoding can be expected.

High-end socket

Core i7 uses LGA 1366 socket, which is also known as socket B.  This socket supersedes LGA 775 or Intel’s socket T in the high-end and performance desktop segments.  The LGA socket is used in Intel’s new processor not without a reason. This socket has a more solid structure and is larger than the Socket 775 version, and basically, has pins in a different arrangement.  Although this also has a disadvantage — no Core 2 CPU would be compatible with Core i7 and vice versa.

It seems that Intel is determined to exceed the performance of its other Core architectures by using the features of the latter, and at the same time integrating something new and technologically advanced to the new processor in order to ensure that it delivers a highly efficient and much better contribution in computer technology.

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