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what's the difference between x58 and x86 architectures?

what's the difference between x58 and x86 architectures?

I've been reading a bit about the i7 chipset and wondered about this x58 architecture. What does that mean exactly? How different is it from x86?

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"You're mixing two things up... x58 is a chipset used on the motherboards for i7 processors, x86 is the family of Intel processors that i7 is still a part of.

To kind-of answer your question, i7 is still part of the natural progression of Intel processors, latest and greatest... and if you want to use it you will likely be using an x58-based motherboard to run it."