Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 ReviewFormer staff writer - November 25, 2007
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Do you remember when processors were so big and heavy that you had to lift them with both hands? Well luckily those days are long gone and as technology progresses, processors are slowly shrinking in size while increasing in performance. Over the last two years we have grown familiar with 65 nm processors that actually produce less heat and are more energy efficient than processors of the past . Now there is something new, the 45nm processor which can deliver greater performance and better power efficiency. So what CPU manufacturer is producing such a processor?
The Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX9650 processor is one of Intel’s first 45nm processors to utilize hafnium-infused circuitry to deliver greater performance and more power efficiency. The Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX9650 also runs at 3.0 GHz and has 12mb of L2 cache and a front side bus of 1333 MHz, something that should make any enthusiasts mouth water. Since the introduction of quad-core processors Intel has been a leader in innovative technology but will the latest technology used in the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX9650 be worthy?
Our Core 2 Extreme QX9650 was shipped directly from Intel so it was packaged in a black static proof box. The inside of the box is lined with both pink and black foam to protect the processor.
The QX9650 looks no different than any other LGA 775 chip but its what's under the hood that should make the difference.