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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850

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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850

PC Magazine
17 December 2007
  • Conclusion: Bumping up quad-core to the new 1333MHz FSB in the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 seems to boost performance, even with DDR2 memory; the price, though high, now seems rational.
  • Pros: Fastest desktop quad-core CPU you can buy today.
  • Cons: Expensive. Some apps see little gain.
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Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6850 processor

techreport.com
19 October 2007
  • Summary: So, we've seen an awful lot of interesting performance data, but it all boils down to this: the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 doesn't change much. The QX6800 was the fastest desktop processor before it, and the QX6850 brings slightly higher performance in the same power envelope.
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ComputerShopper
16 July 2007
  • Excerpt: Though it's costly and few applications can yet push it to its limits, the Intel QX6850 delivers performance bragging rights as the fastest CPU for desktop PCs available today.
  • Pros: Fastest CPU for desktops available, Unlocked multiplier simplifies overclocking, Runs slightly cooler than previous quad-cores
  • Cons: Requires cutting-edge motherboard chipset, Few programs can take advantage of all four cores
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Performance

FiringSquad
16 July 2007
  • Conclusion: With its quad processing cores running at 3.0GHz, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is the fastest processor we’ve tested. In general the 1333MHz FSB in particular buys the QX6850 an additional 3-5% in performance in games.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Processor Review

PC Perspective
16 July 2007
  • Excerpt: Just a couple of weeks ago I first reviewed and tested the new 1333 MHz front-side bus Intel Core 2 processors; it was in the form of the Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU .  When that review was posted Intel had not yet officially unveiled or announced the part but instead they allowed us to give a brief...
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 review

TechSpot
16 July 2007
  • Excerpt: Although the Core 2 Duo remained the best value choice for most desktop users, the technological achievement was nonetheless there as AMD had - and in a way still is - without a proper answer.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and Massive Price Cuts

AnandTech
16 July 2007
  • Conclusion: Despite theoretical showings on paper, the 1333MHz FSB appears to do very little for performance even when feeding four of Intel's fastest cores. The Core 2 Extreme QX6850's performance is nothing to scoff at, but given its price tag we'd strongly recommend one of the cheaper quad-core offerings.
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Tweak News
9 May 2007
  • Excerpt: To boil it down, this processor will blow you mind if you ever personally witness it ripping through data and information like an F5 tornado through a Oklahoma trailer park. It is equally as awe-inspiring and you might just lose your house paying for it.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850: Quad-Core at 3GHz

Hardware Zone
14 June 2011
  • Conclusion: Earlier this month, AMD had finally made announcements on the projected retail availability of its next generation native quad-core processors and as far as AMD officials are concerned, they expect revenue shipping parts by end of August 2007 while AMD platform partners are expected to ship their...
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Good Gear Guide.au
26 February 2008
  • Summary: It's bound to be expensive, but users who are out to build the fastest rig on the block will appreciate the extra speed
  • Pros: 1333MHz FSB, 3GHz clock speed, Performed well at up to 3.6GHz in our tests
  • Cons: May not work in some current Intel 965 chipset-based motherboards
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