So you have a crazy budget set aside for your next build and you are probing around looking for the fastest consumer processor money can buy. If you have set aside a cool US$1100 for your processor alone at the time of this review release, then you should take a look at the QX6850 I will be reviewing today.
With four 8MB cache supported independent processing on-die units blistering along at 3.0Ghz, this latest Core 2 Extreme processor release from Intel at 1333Mhz front side bus sets the bar of what a consumer available processor can reach at this time. The QX6850 is currently holding the performance belt and by what is seen developing in the market from the competition, the only thing that will be beating it will be the next quad-core release from Intel (which will be within about 6 months).
This processor is not on the market for the occasional internet surfer and solitaire player, this processor is intended for the elite computer user looking for the processing power and speed to kick start their gaming and other processor intensive programs to a new level that even a Core 2 Duo processor user thought was impossible. In fact, to compliment this processor, you better make sure the rest of your hardware is up to the task. That means using the latest P35 or Nforce 680i mother, the fastest DDR2 or DDR3 available, the fastest videocard and the most important item, upgrade your hard drive system to the fastest available RAID array on the market.
Before you continue on, does the rest of your computer have what it takes to keep up? With a considerable investment in supporting hardware, this processor will be nothing more than handicapped.
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For more than three decades, Intel Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems, and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers, servers and networking and communications products. These products are used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications systems. Intel's mission is to be the preeminent building block supplier to the Internet economy.