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What does the "Max Memory Size" on the new Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU's mean?

What does the "Max Memory Size" on the new Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU's mean?

I just noticed in the specs of the new Intel Core i-series processors that there is a "Max Memory Size" that is usually pretty small -- anywhere from 8GB to 24GB. See here: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41316

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The i7 supports 8GB per memory controller. There are 3 controllers, 24GB max. Check out i7 datasheet. This is a chip design decision - a function of the interface to the chip.