With Intel literally flooding the budget, mainstream and enthusiast processor market with Core 2 Duo option to match any customer's current needs, someone is bound to get a little confused and wonder what is the difference is between processors with similar product ID numbers. Take for instance the Intel Core 2 Extreme line of higher end enthusiast processors. Lately we have seen the release of the QX6800, the QX6850 and also the processor being reviewed today, the X6800.
Without inundating you with technical data that really won't separate the differences, it can be nailed down to a simple explanation. The QX6800 is a quad core 1066Mhz FSB running at 2.93Ghz with a 8Mb cache. The X6800 on the other hand basically the same other than it is a dual core and not a quad core and has a 4Mb cache. They both share the same clock speed and front side bus. All that is missing is the other two cores. As you can see, the Q stands for Quad-Core and should simplify things a bit. Now the QX6850 that I reviewed last week HERE is a small step up seeing it is running at 3.00ghz and has Intel's new 1333Mhz front side bus specification.
But where does this processor really fit in? Is it worth the ~US$1000 current pricetag or is there something that is faster from Intel that can be purchased for the same money? Well, for one thing, you won't need a new motherboard if you stick to the 1066Mhz FSB, but with the quad-core line dropping in price, will this processor be deemed the black sheep of Intel's higher end processor lineup?
The proof will be in this review.
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