Intel i7 processors offer quad-core abilities with Intel’s most touted technologies, which include Intel Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 and eight processing threads with Intel HT technology. Using i7 processors, gamers can play with more control, multitasking users can implement multiple applications at a time and video/photo editors can more easily edit their projects with full streaming and compiling capabilities.
Intel i7 Model Numbers
As of April 2010, Intel focuses on eight versions of the i7, including the i7-860, i7-860S, i7-870, i7-920, i7-930, i7-940, i7-950 and i7-960.
Processor Speeds by Model
Each model in the i7 series runs at its own speed. As of early 2010, the current speeds for each chipset are: i7-860 at 2.8 GHz, i7-860S at 2.53 GHz, i7-870 at 2.93 GHz, i7-920 at 2.66 GHz, i7-930 at 2.8 GHz, i7-940 at 2.93 GHz, i7-950 at 3.06 GHz and i7-960 at 3.2 GHz.
All Intel i7 processors feature 8MB of Smart Cache. Cache is a fast storage technique used to store frequently accessed data. According to Intel, Smart Cache allows each processor core to utilize up to 100 percent of available cache at higher throughput rates using dynamic processes.
All i7 processors include four cores.
Intel Specific Technologies
Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel 64 are offered on all Intel i7 processors, while Trusted Execution Technology is offered on all i7-800 series processors. Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies are also featured on all i7 models.