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Applications 9.1
Gaming 9.1
Multimedia 9.1
Value 8.0
Distributor: Intel
Reviewer:
Sam Jordan

8.5


Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770

Intel up the ante with the new Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor which has a front speed bus of 1600Mhz as opposed to the 1333Mhz speeds of previous 45nm processors. The processor runs at 3.2Ghz, has an L2 Cache Size of 12MB, contains the new SSE4 instruction set and is a quad core processor. Needless to say, this processor is a powerful beast for not only applications, multimedia design but also gaming. 

Features

  • 3.2GHz, 1600 FSB, quad-core

  • 45nm high-K metal gate transistor technology

  • 12MB L2 cache

  • SSE4 instructions

  • 820M transistors

  • Total Die Size - 214mm2

  • LGA775 socket, 136W TDP, “C-step”

We tested the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Process with PCMark05, a leading benchmarking program that assists in giving you a true indication of a variety of different real-world applications and the tasks that they perform.

PCMark05 - System

Intel QX9770 (8623)
Intel QX9650 (8434)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (8321)

PCMark05 - CPU

Intel QX9770 (9823)
Intel QX9650 (9623)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (8101)

PCMark05 - Memory

Intel QX9770 (6734)
Intel QX9650 (6593)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (6690)

As you can see from the results, the QX9770 is quite a powerful CPU and can cater for both past and modern applications with ease. Running Windows Vista 64-bit and Adobe's CS3, all our applications performed remarkably well with minimal to no slow down whatsoever. Next off the bat was 3DMark06, another graphically intensive benchmarking program.

3DMark06 - CPU

Intel QX9770 (5012)
Intel QX9650 (4823)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (2910)

Once again Intel are the King of the Hill with the multitude of features for this new processor that will definitely be a choice for hardcore gamers with its quad core capabilities and extreme performance. In order to test games of both today and yesterday, Quake 4 was chosen to be tested.

Quake 4

Intel QX9770 (118)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (114)
Intel QX9650 (103)

The QX9770 performed quite well on this game which was released several years ago and shows the power of this CPU with pre-existing software. With that said, Company of Heroes one of the latest games is easily one of the most graphically intensive was our next candidate.

Company of Heroes

Intel QX9770 (510)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (485)
Intel QX9650 (410)

The QX9770 blasts its way to victory in this entertaining and powerful game which shows that the architecture of this CPU is the way of the future when compared to dual core versus quad core. This was probably one of the most powerful CPU's have I have had the pleasure of reviewing and game such as Crysis, World of Warcraft and the like zoomed its way through to victory.

In conclusion, this processor has obviously been released to combat AMD's quad core Phenom series and although this processor is considerably more expensive and powerful than its competitors. The speed of this CPU was truly phenomenal and when more developers start supporting quad architecture, both games and applications will truly go to another level. The only downside is the price of the CPU but if you are after the best, than this is the one to get.






 
 



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