Reviews and Problems with Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 review: First look at Penryn
27 August 2008
Conclusion: Although the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 is a seriously impressive bit of technology, it is also incredibly expensive at $1000. During the first quarter of 2008, Intel plans to release new quad-core processors that will replace the current Q6600 and Q6700. There will also be a number of new Wolfdale dual-core desktop processors that are expected to range from 2.66GHz to 3.16GHz using the current 1333MHz FSB and a 6MB L2 cache.
Conclusion: These readings were taken from our power monitoring chip on our motherboard. Intel SpeedStep was disabled for both processors; and if these readings were right then the QX9650, like the E7200, would be actually ridiculously power efficient at idle. It used around three times as much power as the E7200, but really, what is 7.6W anyway? I thought I read a decimal place off for both processors, but apparently I didn't.
Summary: The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 certainly is an impressive piece of technology and while it might not be a killer buy at $1200 US, it has shown us exactly what the move to the 45nm process has to offer. Apart from being able to reach 4GHz without having to resort to extreme cooling measures, the QX9650 has impressed us with low operating temperatures and improved power consumption.
Excerpt: Today marks the day where Intel launched processing and overall processing design into a new and exciting era. With the new smaller 45nm manufacturing process, Intel has perfected a quad-core processor line by removing every negative trait from the QX6850 predecessor. With this new process and related processors, consumers can enjoy a cooler and more energy efficient computing experience without sacrificing speed or processor capabilities.
Conclusion: Most readers will be best-advised to wait until slower and cheaper 45nm processors are released. Clock 'em up and enjoy sky-high frequencies. Bottom line: utterly predictably, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 takes the mantle of world's greatest desktop processor - bumping the incumbent QX6850 aside and sitting magisterially on the performance throne. Phenom X4, whachya got?
Conclusion: It's almost a bit disheartening to see Penryn launch at only 3.0GHz, as we know the architecture is capable of so much more. Unfortunately, what it looks like we're seeing here today is an artificial slowing of Intel's roadmap in response to the competition. While the tick-tock model is still very much in play and Nehalem is on track for a late '08 release, we're getting a 1333MHz FSB 3.0GHz QX9650 today instead of a 1600MHz FSB 3.2GHz Q9770 because there's no...
Excerpt: The introduction of the new Penryn core enhancements to Intel's desktop product line up is known as Yorkfield. That core designation has existed for some time and most PC enthusiasts have been looking forward the updates in performance, features and power consumption that Intel's move from 65nm to 45nm process technology could bring.
Summary: Sometimes we have to craft finely nuanced analyses of our CPU test results in order to summarize the various merits and weaknesses of different processors as fairly as possible. Not so today. Intel was already well ahead in the performance game with its 65nm quad-core processors, and the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 simply extends that lead by anywhere from a few percentage points to nearly 20%.