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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Review

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To install the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor, you will first need a motherboard that is compatible with the CPU. Whether it be through a bios flash or a motherboard that is designed to support it is of extreme importance. As you can see, I first chose to use the Abit IP35 motherboard which I thought was compatible with the processor, but I was mistaken and later found that at  this time, only the Abit IP35 Pro support it. I then tried my DFI Lanpaty 680i LT, but ended up crushing the resistors on the rear of the board installing the Thermalright Ultra90 heatsink. So finally with a bios flash, I was able to utilize my DFI Lanparty UT P35-T2R.







If your motherboard needs a bios flash in order to run the QX9650, I would suggest flashing the bios prior to installing the processor, all three boards (Abit IP35 not supported) would not even post prior to a bios flash. I had originally chose to use the Thermalright Ultra 90 heatsink on the DFI motherboards because of their preinstalled NB heatsinks. My Zerotherm fan without a mod will not mount unless the fan itself is facing upwards, but since I had already crushed the resistors on one DFI board with the rear plate of the Ultra 90, I decided to use the Zerotherm heatsink facing upward. It comes with an X bracket where the other has an oblong bracket.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing (Apopysis & Winrar)
  5. Testing (Specview)
  6. Testing (PCMark05 Professional)
  7. Testing (SiSoft Sandra Professional)
  8. Testing (Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune)
  9. Testing (Far Cry)
  10. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  11. Testing (Quake 4)
  12. Testing (Call of Duty II)
  13. Testing ( BioShock)
  14. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  15. Testing (3D Mark 06 Professional)
  16. Extras
  17. Overclocking
  18. Conclusion
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