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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad-Core Processor review

This just in from the Guru of 3D.

Intel today (November the 12th) will release officially it's first new processor from the Penryn series of products. Penryn is all about the eternal quest for a smaller die-size. The fabrication process of Penryn is at an incredibly small 45nm. See, smaller transistors equal lower power consumption, equal less heat equal higher clock frequencies and that equals into better performance. The previous generation CPU's QX6850 was built on a 65nm fabrication process. Intel estimates that downscaling that process could save up-to 30% in power consumption.

We have a full review on this processor and decided to torture it a little, the end results was 4 four cores running at 4 GHz. Now that's just breathtaking ...

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meh nothing really new here, pushing up clock speeds shrinking their size stacking the cache's causing circuits in them to have less quality and lifespan. it's almost like hey buy this for even more and get a chip with a higher failure rate.

Uh...you do realize that AMD is doing the exact same thing.

Also, you really have no clue what you are talking about.

I give you an F for effort.

I opted for the E6750 a while back and o/c'ed it to 3.32GHz, which is great for me. I was tempted by the Q6600 but it was more expensive and there still aren't enough apps/games that truly utilise it. The QX9650 is just too expensive at the moment.

These just show how much room Intel has clockspeed wise to go with the current Core 2 arch. Though since AMD can't seem to get this chips higher than 2.4Ghz at this time, there is no need for intel to push higher than 3.2Ghz.

I'll wait to an affordable 45nm model comes out but performance and overclock has so far been impressive. I just got my Q6600 and Asus Maximus Formula to keep me busy for a while.