Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 ReviewFormer staff writer - November 25, 2007
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After completing all the benchmarks in the suite, I can only arrive to one conclusion, the Intel Core 2 quad-core QX9650 performs. To date it has produced the highest scores out of any processor I have used or reviewed. I like the fact that even overclocked and on air cooling, my CPU temperatures did not go above 49 degrees Celsius at 100% load and that’s even with ambient room temperatures of 78 to 80 Fahrenheit or 23 to 26 degrees Celsius!
As I mentioned earlier, at this time most gaming benchmarks used do not utilize the full potential of a multi-core processor, as OCC tests them further, we will start bringing in new gaming benchmarks that do utilize processors to their fullest potential and start testing in higher resolutions. Luckily new games are slowly being released and we may finally see how well our expensive video cards stand up also. Since I know it will be asked, yes I did game in higher resolutions, and found that games ran smoother and even appeared to be more realistic than other processors. Grass and other shadings were more clear than I have ever noticed with an Intel processor.
Ok getting back on topic, programs like Photoshop, Microsoft Word, opened easily usually in half the time I’m use to, but my major concern with these programs is when I either have multiple pictures in high resolutions open or I’m saving a large document in word. Normally no matter how much RAM I have in a system I always get lag out of Photoshop just performing easy tasks like auto level, or when saving my word document and being able to go get a drink out of the fridge before it’s done. Ok I might save bigger files than most and have way too many high resolution pictures open but it is what I do and the QX9650 performed way better than my expectations, I didn’t have to wait at all for the pictures to auto color or level nor could I get up and get a drink while saving a word file.
The only drawback of this processor may be its price. It might not be affordable to everyone at this time, but along with the newest technology comes a higher price and depending on where your priorities are, it can be a wise investment... You may not have to upgrade for a couple of years.
- 45mn Technology
- 12MB L2 Cache
- 3.0 GHZ
- May not be affordable for some