Intel Mobile Processor Core i7 vs Core i7 Extreme Edition………….
Posted by Dinesh
The Core i7 line-up of processors from Intel is already well known to be very fast. Still, Intel releases processors for utmost performance. These are known as the Core i7 Extreme Edition. The most notable difference between the ordinary Core i7 and the Core i7 Extreme Edition is the unlocked multiplier. The multiplier is directly related to the actual speed that the processor works at. Given an external clock of 133Mhz, the 990X (Extreme Edition) has a multiplier of 26, which results in an actual speed of 3.47Ghz. For most processors, the multiplier is locked to a certain value to prevent users from tampering with it. In the Core i7 Extreme Edition, the unlocked multiplier lends itself nicely to overclocking. With the example above, changing the multiplier to 27 would make the processor operate at almost 3.6Ghz. Proper care should be taken in overclocking a processor as the practice can easily destroy your hardware.
Another major difference between the two is price. The latest Core i7 Extreme Edition processor always claims the $999 price tag. For that amount, most people can already build a complete computer, maybe even two. If price is a factor in choosing or building your computer, an ordinary Core i7 can cost hundreds of dollars less with only a minor decrease in performance.
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