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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Review

ccokeman    -   February 5, 2008
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Testing:

The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor will be put through our benchmarking suite to see what kind of performance the motherboard delivers. The OverclockersClub series of benchmarks include both system tests and gaming benchmarks to verify the performance of this product. Testing will include a direct comparison of several processors, including stock speed benchmarking. CPU clock speed will be kept at the manufacturer specified clock speed and multiplier for the baseline testing. All motherboard and video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables. The overclocking phase of the testing will be accomplished by using all of the available settings on the motherboard to gain the maximum performance from the Core 2 Extreme QX9770.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Cpus:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme
  • Sytem Memory: Patriot Viper Fin PC3 12800 8-7-7-20

400 x 10 at 1.325 volts for a first boot was a promising start to my overclocking adventure with the QX9770. 400 x 11 at 1.50 volts came easy as well but the required voltage was more than my poor water cooling setup could handle under load. At this level the stability was not there on the test system. It was stable enough to run Super Pi 1m and I was graced with the best score I have had to date. At that point I started hunting for a combination of FSB and multiplier that was acceptable for day to day use. 475 x 9 (4.3GHz) at 1.4625 volts ended up being the sweet spot for benchmarking and successfully completed our entire benchmark suite. For day to day operations, I settled on 455 x 9 (4.1GHz) at 1.395 volts. Hitting 4.0+GHz stable for everyday use makes for one e-ticket rig. Getting to the 475 FSB threshold required adjusting the northbridge voltage, FSB termination voltage, PLL volts, memory and southbridge voltages to gain stability. Getting to 4.0GHz on a Core 2 Extreme is the simple part. Getting more requires some work to make it happen. Keep the CPU temperature in check and the sky may be the limit. Of course your mileage may vary.

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Jaurez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional

 




  1. Introduction & Closer look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing ( Setup, Overclocking)
  4. Testing: Apophysis, Winrar
  5. Testing: Specview10, PcMark Vantage
  6. Testing: Sandra XII
  7. Testing: Sciencemark,HDTune,Cinebench
  8. Testing: Crysis
  9. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  10. Testing: BioShock
  11. Testing (Call of Duty 4)
  12. Testing: World in Conflict
  13. Testing: Call of Jaurez
  14. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  16. Conclusion
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