On Monday, Intel Corporation officially introduced Core i7, the most advanced next-generation desktop processor ever built, at an event in San Francisco. The Core i7 processor is the first member of a new family of processor built using a new microarchitecture, codenamed “Nehalem” and is the most sophisticated ever built, with new technologies that boost performance on demand, maximize data throughput and consumes energy efficiently.
Intel’s Core i7 comes with unique Turbo Boost Technology that accelerates performance to match a computer user’s needs and workloads. Through an on-chip power control unit, Turbo Boost automatically adjusts the clock speed of one or more of the four individual processing cores for single and multi-threaded applications to boost performance, without increasing power consumption. The Core i7 also has the latest Intel power-saving technologies, allowing desktops to go into sleep states formerly reserved for Intel-based notebooks.
The Core i7 is available in three native quad-core versions – Intel® Core™ i7- 920 ($284), Intel® Core™ i7- 940 ($562) and Intel® Core™ i7-965 Extreme Edition ($999). Each Core i7 processor features an 8 MB level 3 cache and three channels of DDR3 1066 memory to deliver the best memory performance of any desktop platform.