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Intel® Core™ i7-800 Processor Series and Intel® Core™ i5-700 Processor Series

Intel Core i7 870
Intel Core i7 860
Intel Core i5 750
Processor Frequency
2.93 GHz
 2.8 GHz
2.66 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
 8 MB
8 MB
 8 MB
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology1
Single core performance up to 3.60 GHz

Single core performance up to 3.46 GHz

Single-core performance up to 3.20 GHz

Number of Simultaneous Threads
8 (with Intel® Hyper Threading
8 (with Intel® Hyper Threading

Processor Integrated Memory

Number of Memory Channels
2 (DDR3 1333 MHz)
2 (DDR3 1333 MHz)
2 (DDR3 1333 MHz)
Intel® Express Chipset
Microsoft* Windows* 7 Ready


Intel® Extreme DP55KG Desktop Board (Black, 9.6” x 12”)

Form Factor

Max Memory Speed

DDR3 1600+MHz

Graphics Support

x16 or 2x8
Nvidia SLI and ATI Crossfire Support

Additional PCIe

x4, 2x1
S/PDIF in/out
10 channel audio

 Intel High Definition Audio with 7.1 Dolby* Home Theater

USB 2.0

Overclocking Features

Third generation Watchdog Timer
Back-to-BIOS switch
 Post Code LED
VR heatsinks

Additional Features

Efficient ChiL* digital components
On board Bluetooth

Planned exclusive software bundles

Intel® Desktop Control Center
Third party applications



  • Quad-Core Processing: Provides four complete execution cores in a single processor package. Four dedicated physical threads help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance, so users can experience better multitasking and multithreaded performance across many types of applications and workloads.
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Dynamically increases the processor’s frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. Get more performance automatically, when you need it the most.
  • 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache: This large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all four cores to match the needs of various applications for ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation.
  • Integrated Memory Controller:  An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth making the Intel® Core™ i5 processor ideal for dataintensive applications.
  • Intel® HD Boost:  Includes the full SSE4 instruction set, significantly improving a broad range of multimedia and compute-intensive applications. The 128-bit SSE instructions are issued at a throughput rate of one per clock cycle, allowing a new  level of processing efficiency with SSE4-optimized applications.
  • Performance
    • Maximize speed for demanding applications with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology,1 which accelerates processor clock speed up to 20 percent2 to match your workload.
    • Multitask up to 28 percent faster, so you can do more things at once
    • Enjoy incredibly fast computing with fewer frustrating lags.
  • Digital Media
    • Unleash an amazing digital media experience with up to 37 percent faster conversion of video for Web upload,4 up to 15 percent faster photo editing,5 and up to 17 percent faster conversion of CD music tracks to MP3.
  • Gaming
    • Get a 32 percent improvement in artificial intelligence for game characters.7

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  6. Testing: Office 2007, PcMark Vantage
  7. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  8. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  9. Testing: Far Cry 2
  10. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  11. Testing: BioShock
  12. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  13. Testing: Dead Space
  14. Testing: Fallout 3
  15. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  16. Testing: 3DMark 06
  17. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  18. Conclusion
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