The Intel Core i7-970 combines the power of six 3.2 GHz computing cores into a single processor built with 32 nm process technology. Hyper-Threading technology uses 12 threads to produce more efficient performance. And with 12 MB of Smart Cache, the Core i7-970 processor ensures that you get high responsiveness from your system, even when many intensive programs are running simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-970 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level. Intel Core i7-970 Processor LGA 1366. Take your computing and gaming experience to the next level with the Intel Core i7-970 processor Get every gaming advantage you can with the Core i7-970 Processor. View larger. 12 Threads for Smooth Gaming. The Intel Core i7-970 processor is designed with six computing cores running at 3.2 GHz and thread-level parallelism. You'll experience smoother, more realistic gameplay as AI, physics, and rendering are distributed across the 6 cores and 12 threads. Hyper-Threading technology enables more efficient use of processor resources, making the most of highly threaded software. High Performance for Digital Media Creation. Whether you're editing high-definition videos, touching up photos, or splicing music, the processor's 12 threads are optimized to keep up with the most advanced digital editing software. Video transcoding and compression and image rendering are done quickly. The i7-970 easily handles HD video, and accelerates DVD encoding and compression. The 12 MB of Smart Cache memory increases available RAM resources, providing faster performance while multitasking. Powerful Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown. The i7 family is Intel's flagship processor--for this line, Intel engineers invented a revolutionary new style of microarchitecture. They replaced the front side bus--a longtime staple of processor design--with a new technology called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). With a QPI speed of 4.8 GT/s, the i7-970 processor achieves higher levels of bandwidth, and uses its six computing cores for faster and more streamlined processing, even when running multiple applications. Turbo Boost technology allows the processor to run up to 133 MHz faster when it's operating below power/thermal limits. Compatibility: The i7-970 processor uses an FCLGA1366 socket. It is compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset. This is a CPU only, no heat sink and cooling fan included.