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The moniker Core i7 does not have a deeper meaning, but continues the use of the successful Core brand.

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Pros

support for triple channel DDR3

8 agree

first Intel processor to have an on die memory controller

7 agree

latest, fastest architecture

7 agree

low idle power consumption

6 agree

Decent Boxed Cooler

5 agree

doesn't cost all that much - base processor is $300

4 agree

Very tight fit of CPU in socket

3 agree

Backside support of CPU socket with a metal plate to avoid PCB warping

3 agree

New Socket with improved cooler mounting method

2 agree
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Cons

requires a new socket - impossible for people to just upgrade their CPUs

7 agree

high TDPs means these chips are very hot and use a lot of power

5 agree

not that big of an upgrade for those interested in gaming

4 agree

Only insanely-priced 965 XE has unlocked multiplier (Phenom II with unlocked multiplier is available at 1/4 the price)

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Intel Core i7 is currently a family of three Intel Desktop x86-64 processors, Core i7 is the first Intel family to be released using the Intel Nehalem microarchitecture and is the successor to the Intel Core 2 family. All three models are quad-core processors. The Core i7 identifier applies to the initial family of processors codenamed Bloomfield. The moniker Core i7 does not have a deeper meaning, but continues the use of the successful Core brand. Core i7 was officially launched on November 17, 2008 in the USA.

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Yale
03/21/2009 10:22

cost of boards, CPUs and DDR3 RAM is significant

Darkstriker
03/21/2009 10:19

Unhandy packaging

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