Processors
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition
Frequently Asked Questions


What socket does the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processor use?

  • The Intel® Core™ i7--9xx Extreme Edition processors use the LGA1366 socket.
  • The Intel® Core™ i7--39xx/i7-49xx Extreme Edition processors use the LGA2011 socket.
    • These sockets and processors are not compatible with each other.

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Are the Intel® Core™ i7--39xx/i7-49xx Extreme Edition processors compatible since they use the same socket?

They are compatible if the desktop board BIOS contains support for the processor you are installing in your system. Prior to purchasing your processor, it is a great idea to check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if your processor is supported on their board. Most manufacturers maintain a supported processors list that you can review to see if your processor is supported.

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Where can I find installation information for the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors?

You can find information on installation documents and videos below:

Installation and integration of LGA2011 socket processors
Installation and integration of LGA1366 socket processors
Intel® Core™ i7-980X and i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition installation video
Installation video for LGA2011 Processors and the BXRTS2011LQ Thermal Solution

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Do any of the Intel® Core® i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors contain processor graphics?

None of the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors contain processor graphics. They all require a discrete video card for video support.

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What are the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Processor DDR3 memory voltage limitations?

Intel recommends using memory that adheres to the Jedec memory specification for DDR3 memory which is 1.5 volts, plus or minus 5%. Anything over this voltage can either damage the processor or significantly reduce the processor life span.

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What is the maximum frequency for DDR3 memory when used with Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Processors?

  • The Intel® Core™ i7--9xx Extreme Edition Processors support up to three channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1066 MHz.
  • The Intel® Core™ i7--39xx Extreme Edition Processors support up to four channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1600 MHz.
  • The Intel® Core™ i7--4960X Extreme Edition Processor supports up to 4 channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1833 MHz.

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What is the difference between this version of Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and the original version?

It is similar to the original version with one important difference: this version is capable of supporting two threads per core. The original implementation of Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology supported a maximum of two threads since they were single core processors.

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Do the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?

The Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors do support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Related information can be found at Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processor turbo boost frequencies.

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Are there any new chassis requirements for the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Processor platforms?

There are no new chassis requirements for the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition desktop platforms utilizing the LGA1366 / LGA2011 socket. Currently available chassis tested to support 130W processors should meet the requirement. The use of a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC) is still highly recommended.

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Does the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processor support Error Correction Code (ECC) memory?

The Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processors and the desktop boards that support these processors typically do not support ECC memory. ECC memory is usually used on servers and workstations, rather than on desktop platforms. This is mainly due to the price premium of ECC memory. Check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if ECC memory is enabled on your board.

Operating System:

OS Independent

This applies to:

Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition

Solution ID: CS-032470
Last Modified: 10-Sep-2013
Date Created: 24-Apr-2011
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