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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

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Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Launch & Review - 45nm Yorkfield aka Penryn is here!

18 August 2008

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Processor

APH Networks
1 June 2008
  • 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.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Overclocking

Legion Hardware
12 December 2007
  • 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.
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Intel Core2 Extreme QX9650 3.0GHz Processor with 12MB Cache

22 November 2007
  • Excerpt: The Intel Core2 Extreme quad-core CPU offers the best in computer performance today. Four cores will carry you four times as far, and you sure have to pay for this level of performance.
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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. 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.
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Expert Review

29 October 2007
  • Excerpt: If you're looking for top speed, the QX9650 is unmatched, but you'll need to have programs that can use it to its full potential.
  • Pros: Fastest consumer CPU yet, Runs cool, SSE4 instruction set can dramatically speed apps that support it
  • Cons: Expensive, Few apps support four cores (and even fewer support SSE4)
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650: it's clobberin' time!

29 October 2007
  • 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?
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Tweak News
29 October 2007
  • 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.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 - Penryn Ticks Ahead

29 October 2007
  • 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...
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield Processor Review

PC Perspective
29 October 2007
  • 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.
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