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


Last Reviewed: 09-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000007528

This document contains frequently asked questions for these Intel® Processors.

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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 contains support for the Intel® Processor you are installing in your system. Prior to purchasing your Intel® Processor, you should check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if the processor is supported.
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 contains support for the Intel® Processor you are installing in your system. Prior to purchasing your Intel® Processor, you should check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if the processor is supported.
Are the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X / i7-3970X / i7-4960X Processors compatible with the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X / i7-6950X Processors? No. The Intel® Core™ i7-3960X/i7-3970X/i7-4960X Processors use the LGA2011 socket and the 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 on 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? There are no new chassis requirements for the Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor Extreme Edition platforms utilizing the LGA1366 / LGA2011 / LGA2011-v3 sockets. Currently available chassis tested to support 130 W / 140 W processors should meet the requirement. The use of a Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC) is still highly recommended.

Memory

What are the Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition DDR3 / DDR4 memory voltage limitations? Intel recommends using memory that adheres to the Jedec memory specification. Anything over specified voltage can either 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?
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-9xx Processor Extreme Edition supports up to 3 channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1066 MHz
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-39xx Processor Extreme Edition supports up to 4 channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1600 MHz
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-4960X Processor Extreme Edition supports up to 4 channels of DDR3 memory with a maximum frequency of 1833 MHz
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition supports up to 4 channels of DDR4 memory with a maximum frequency of 2133 MHz
  • The Intel® Core™ i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition supports up to 4 channels of DDR4 memory with a maximum frequency of 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, rather than on desktop platforms, due to ECC memory price premiums. Check with your desktop board manufacturer to see if ECC memory support is enabled on your board.

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. Related information can be found 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 uses a driver coupled with information stored in the CPU to identify and direct workloads to the fastest core on the die first. 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? Only Intel® Core™ i7-68xx / i7-69xx Desktop Processors support this feature.
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
You may need to verify with your motherboard vendor that support for this technology is enabled on your motherboard / BIOS.
Where can I download the driver? Download the driver at Intel® Download Center.

You can also search Intel® 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.
Do any of the Intel® Core® i7 Processors Extreme Edition contain processor graphics?Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition does not contain processor graphics. They all require a discrete video card for video support.

 

Related topics
Intel® Processor Installation Center
Product Order Codes for Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition Processors
Product Comparison Chart for Intel® Core™ Processor Extreme Edition Processors

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