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The Core i7-950 is based off the same Nehalem MicroArchitecure, but boasts a reduced 3.066GHz core speed.

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runs almost 98% as fast as the much more expensive Intel Core i7 970

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extreme processing capacity ideal for heavy computing jobs

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performance is fast enough to satisfy computer enthusiasts and gamers

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overclocking is extremely easy and well supported

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tested before you get it to ensure it is 100% operational

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never gets very hot even when moderately overclocked

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doesn't draw nearly as much power as CPUs of a few years ago

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The Intel Core i7-950 is a 45nm, desktop quad-core “Bloomfield” microprocessor engineered for the most demanding multi-threaded games and multimedia applications. Released on May 31st of 2009 alongside the superior 3.33GHz Core i7-975 XE (“Bloomfield XE”), the Core i7-950 is based off the same Nehalem MicroArchitecure, but boasts a reduced 3.066GHz core speed, as well as an inferior Intel QPI speed of 4.8 GT/s. Keep in mind though that as far as the “Bloomfield” cores are concerned, the Core i7-950 is in fact the superior model, and out-performs both the Core i7-920 and Core i7-940. Additional notable features of the i7-950 include an Intel QuickPath Interconnect interface (replaces FSB) for enhanced data cache per core, 'Turbo Boost' technology, and Intel Virtualization technology.

Features
  • Nehalem MicroArchitecture
  • ”Bloomfield”
  • Quad-Core Microprocessor
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
  • Execute Disable Bit
  • Intel 64 Architecture
  • Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost
  • Intel Advanced Smart Cache
  • Intel Deep Power Down Technology
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel Quick Path Interconnect
  • Intel Smart Memory Access
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel Virtualization Technology
  • Intel Wide Dynamic Execution
Specifications
  • Processor Number: i7-950
  • Intel Smart Cache: 8MB
  • Clock Speed: 3.06GHz
  • Intel QPI: 4.8 GT/s
  • Memory Type/Speed: DDR3 800/1066 MHz
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