Intel QX6850 Quad-Core CPU Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
As many of you are aware of, Intel recently released a new series of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors featuring a 1333Mhz front side bus. TweakTown has just posted a review of the top-of-the-line Core 2 Quad QX6850, which features four cores running at 3.0Ghz, and 8MB of combined L2 cache.
Lets see what they had to say:
Intels move to a 1333MHz FSB is quite simply the next logical step. CPU core speed itself does make a difference to performance, but as we saw with Netburst its not everything. Increasing bus speeds along with a new memory controller helps to make a difference, especially when you load the FSB up with too much data like the Core 2 Quad does.
These new 50 series processors are a Catch-22 for enthusiasts. While the new G0 core has proven itself a better overclocker than current steppings, the lower multipliers required by the 1333Mhz FSB has created a situation where you need a very high front side bus to attain high clock speeds. Having said that, I suspect that many overclockers will enjoy the new challenge!
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