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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Desktop Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition


Last Reviewed: 05-Sep-2017
Article ID: 000007528

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Compatibility

What socket does the Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processor use?
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-9xx Processors use the LGA1366 socket
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-39xx / i7-4960X Processors use the LGA2011 socket
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-5960X / i7-6950X Processors use the LGA2011-v3 socket
Are the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X / i7-6950X Processors compatible since they use the same socket?

They are compatible if the desktop board BIOS and firmware support the Intel® Processor you install. Before you purchase your Intel® Processor, check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if it supports the processor.

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

They are compatible if the desktop board BIOS and firmware support the Intel® Processor you install. Before you purchase your Intel® Processor, check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if it supports the processor.

Are the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X / i7-3970X / i7-4960X Processors compatible with the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X / i7-6950X Processors?

No, they are not compatible.

  • Intel® Core™ i7-3960X/i7-3970X/i7-4960X Processors: use the LGA2011 socket
  • Intel® Core™ i7-5960X/i7-6950X Processors: use the LGA2011-v3 socket.
Each socket is keyed differently and has different electrical and mechanical requirements.

Installation and Integration

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

You can find information, installation documents, and videos on different Intel® sockets at the Intel® Processor Installation Center.

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

No, we do not have new chassis requirements for the Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor Extreme Edition platforms using the LGA1366 / LGA2011 / LGA2011-v3 sockets. The latest available chassis supports 130 W / 140 W processors and should meet the requirement. We highly recommend using a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC).

Memory

What are the Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition DDR3 / DDR4 memory voltage limitations?

We recommend using memory that adheres to the JEDEC memory specification. Anything over the specified voltage can damage the processor or significantly reduce the processor life span.

  • For DDR3 memory: 1.5 volts, plus or minus 5%
  • For DDR4 memory: 1.2 volts, plus or minus 5%
What is the maximum frequency for DDR3 / DDR4 memory when used with Intel® Core™ i7 Processors Extreme Edition?
Processor edition Channels supported Maximum frequency
The Intel® Core™ i7-9xx Processor Extreme Edition Up to 3 channels of DDR3 memory 1066 MHz
The Intel® Core™ i7-39xx Processor Extreme Edition Up to 4 channels of DDR3 memory 1600 MHz
The Intel® Core™ i7-4960X Processor Extreme Edition Up to 4 channels of DDR3 memory 1833 MHz
The Intel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition Up to 4 channels of DDR4 memory 2133 MHz
The Intel® Core™ i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition Up to 4 channels of DDR4 memory 2400 MHz
Does the Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition support Error Correction Code (ECC) memory?

The Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition product line and the supporting desktop boards typically do not support ECC memory. ECC memory is typically used on servers and workstations. It’s not usually used on desktop platforms because of ECC memory price premiums. Check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if your board has ECC memory support enabled.

Supported Features

Does the Intel® Core™ i7 Processors Extreme Edition product line support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?

The desktop Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition product line supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. You can find related information at Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and how does it work?

Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 identifies and directs workloads to the fastest core on the die first. The technology uses a driver coupled with information stored in the CPU. The driver also allows for custom configuration via a whitelist that enables users to prioritize preferred applications. The driver MUST be present on the system and configured correctly, as current operating systems cannot effectively route workloads to ordered cores.

Which Intel® Desktop Processors support Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology?

Intel® Core™ i7-68xx / i7-69xx supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology. You can find related information at Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the requirements of Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0?
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 requires a supported operating system
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 requires an X99-based board with an enabled BIOS / firmware that support this feature
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 requires a driver and has an associated User Interface application

Verify with your motherboard vendor that you have enabled support for this technology on your motherboard / BIOS.

Where can I download the driver?

Download the driver at the Download Center.

You can also search the Download Center. Input Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 in the search box to bring up the software you need to download.

Where can I find more information about Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0?

See Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequently Asked Questions.

Does Intel® Core® i7 Processors Extreme Edition contain processor graphics?

Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition does not contain processor graphics. All editions require a discrete video card for video support.

 

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