Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Reviews
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
The non-disclosure agreements expired today, so many sites has finally released their review of Intels newest quad-core processor, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850. Sporting a 3Ghz frequency, 1333Mhz FSB, and 8MB of L2 cache, this chip simply reinforces Intels high-end dominance.
Here are a few reviews for your reading pleasure:
- Anandtech Review:
"Despite theoretical showings on paper, the 1333MHz FSB appears to do very little for performance even when feeding four of Intels fastest cores. The Core 2 Extreme QX6850's performance is nothing to scoff at, but given its price tag we'd strongly recommend one of the cheaper quad-core offerings. With the Q6600 coming in at $266, it's tough to resist."
- HardwareSecrets Review:
"From our tests we can definitely say that Core 2 Extreme QX6850 from Intel is the fastest desktop CPU available on the market today.
Buying this new CPU, however, only makes sense for people really needing the extra performance brought by it, which averages 7% compared to Core 2 Extreme QX6700."
- HotHardware Review:
"Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX6850 offered performance gains on the order of about 2 to sometimes as much as 13%, depending on the application and CPU / chipset combination. Applications and tests that made heavier use of multi-threading, like our Sony Vegas test, showed significant gains, while others that relied mainly on overall system bandwidth tended to show a more modest benefit. Overall though, according to our test findings, it's safe to say that the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is the fastest desktop processor on the market currently."
- Techgage Review:
"So as with most products we review, it all comes down to price. Given that this is a premium part, it's up to the consumer to decide it's value. Most enthusiasts have no problem in buying a cheaper part and overclocking it. But that aside, the Q6600 won't overclock to 3.337GHz on stock voltages like our QX6850 did. Many factors come into play with parts like this, and by now, you should have a good idea of whether or not it's for you."
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