Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 Review

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The Test System

The Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9650 Test System

Testing Procedure:

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit with all of the NVIDIA GeForce HotFixes installed. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. The memory modules were run in dual channel mode at 800MHz 4-4-4-12 2T on both the AMD and Intel motherboards. The memory on the Intel and AMD test platforms with DDR2 memory was run with Corsair PC2-8888C4 memory running 4GB.  The Gigabyte X38DQ6 Motherboard was updated from BIOS version F4 that came on it to F6b. The DFI LANPARTY UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G motherboard was updated to the 2007/05/30 BIOS version, which included support for the AMD A64 X2 6400+ black edition processor. NVIDIA Forceware 169.01 beta drivers were used on the XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card.

Intel QX9770 on CPU-Z

Here is the Intel X38 Express Test platform:

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750, QX6850, QX9650

Motherboard

Gigabyte X38DQ6

Memory

Corsair PC2-8500 4GB

Video Card

XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA 250Gb

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

Here is the AMD Scoket AM2 Test platform:

AMD AM2Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

AMD A64 X2 6400+

Motherboard

DFI LANPARTY UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G

Memory

Corsair PC2-8500 4GB

Video Card

XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA 250Gb

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

Let’s move on to testing!

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