Date: October 29th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING
With the relatively simplicity of a processor, an overall introduction pictorial is really not required. What you see is what you get with a processor. The only real way a consumer is tell them apart is by their product number which is laser etched into the front heatspreader.
Disclaimer - As for the benchmarking, seeing this is an engineering sample sent to us directly from Intel and thus is multiplier unlocked, it wouldn't exactly be fair to say this is what you would be receiving when you order one in a retail package. Because of this, definitive overclocking benchmarks will not be undertaken for this review in particular. If we did, we couldn't guarantee you would get the same results.
As said earlier, the reduction in size and overall efficiency also leads to lower processor running temperatures. While testing the QX9650, we saw idle temperatures of around 31c and full 100% full load temperatures at 51c when testing was underway in a climate controlled 21c environment. This is a full 25c decrease in full load temperatures when compared to the QX6850 which to say the least is amazing. This should lead to a lot of people looking at air cooling again as a feasible method to keep a quad-core cool. This also might be a blessing for overclockers as well.
The benchmarking platform is comprised of the following:
XFX NForce 680i SLI Motherboard - Shop for this HERE
Crucial Ballistix 2Gb PC2-8500 Memory Kit - Shop for this HERE
XFX Geforce 8800GTS XXX Edition 640Meg Videocard - Shop for this HERE
Seagate 120Gb 7200rpm SATA-150 Hard Drive - Shop for this HERE
OCZ PowerStream 520watt Power Supply - Shop for this HERE
Windows XP Professional SP2 32bit
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core 1333Mhz FSB
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Quad Core 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 1066Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core 1066FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Pentium 4 670 3.8Ghz 800Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 - Shop for this HERE
3DMark 2006 (800x600 - Processor Dependent)
CineBench 9.5 Multicore Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra XI CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra XI CPU Multi-Media Benchmark
PC Mark 2005 CPU Benchmark
Super Pi ( 1 Meg Calculation )
Benchmarking with be straight forward across the board. Nothing will be changed other than the processor and the usual BIOS changes to get the tested processor to work properly. Voltage and everything else is set to Auto. You can't get anymore simple.
Benchmarking was undertaken in a pure 32bit Windows XP environment seeing at this time, Vista is not stable enough for benchmarking and a 64bit computing environment is still basically a minority in computer industry at this time.
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