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Old 2nd November 2006, 07:00   #1
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Default Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU Benchmarks & Reviews

YOU'VE GOTTA LIKE Intel's Core 2 Duo processors. After struggling mightily with performance and power consumption problems in the latter-day Pentiums, Intel came roaring back with the Core 2 Duo, producing a chip that goes like stink without spinning the electric meter into a frenzy. Since it offers a better combination of processing power, energy efficiency, and overclocking headroom than the Athlon 64, the Core 2 Duo has quickly become an enthusiast favorite, capturing prominent spots in our system guide recommendations and prompting a new round of upgrades for many folks.

Now comes the CPU de grace, a processor that takes advantage of the Core 2 Duo's modest heat output by cramming two of those chips together into a single socket, a product Intel can plausibly claim is the world's first quad-core CPU. The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 isn't exactly cheap and doesn't run especially cool, but it will turn your spare bedroom into the computing equivalent of a government astrophysics lab and make the neighbors terribly jealous--provided your neighbors are total geeks.

What hath Intel wrought with this quad-core beast? Do four CPU cores make sense in a desktop PC, and what sort of applications can really take advantage of such power? Let's have a look.

review list:
- http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q4...0/index.x?pg=1
- http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...e2quad_qx6700/
- http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/974/
- http://www.hothardware.com/viewartic...?articleid=897
- http://www.techspot.com/review/27-in...e-qx6700-quad/
- http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=7129
- http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...50aHVzaWFzdA==
- http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...oc.aspx?i=2866
- http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...me-qx6700.html
- http://www.nordichardware.com/Reviews/?skrivelse=491
- http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=3635
- http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200..._qx6700/1.html
- http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/...re/1669_1.html
- http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...me-qx6700.html
- http://www.gamepyre.com/hardwared.html?aid=781&p=1
- http://www.pcinpact.com/link.php?url...6700-Intel.htm (FR)
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As expected, Quad Core is pretty much useless for desktop users, unless you are into 3D rendering, where the extra cores do pay off; in all other applications/games etc the QX6700 performance equals that of the Core 2 Duo 6700...
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hmm... overclocked to 3.2Ghz the QX6700 doesn't even match a stock clocked E6700 in games?
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Hey, nothing wrong with pwning a bunch of folding@home charts with just one chip...

I'm interested to see if Windows Vista has done any improvements with their task scheduling for multicores...
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I don't "play" or "work" with Folding@Home... you?
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