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.
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.
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.
Intel Core2 Extreme QX9650 3.0GHz Processor with 12MB Cache
22 November 2007
Excerpt: <img src="http://computer-reviews.net/files/2007/11/intel-core2-quad-core-extreme.jpg" alt="Intel Core2 Duo Extreme Quad-Core processor" /> The Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core CPU offers the best in computer performance today.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 review: First look at Penryn
19 November 2007
Summary: 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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: The QX9650 is the first of Intel's 45nm CPUs and won't really see its full potential until more SSE4-enabled applications arrive on the scene. Still, it offers excellent performance, albeit at a steep price.
Pros: Larger L2 cache. Good overclocking potential. SSE4 instructions and architectural improvements.
Cons: Performance gains limited over current generation CPUs in current apps. Expensive.
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...