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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
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Written by Danrok   
Saturday, 21 July 2007 14:21

Review on CNet

ImageIntel's latest high-end, quad-core chip, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, nudges past its QX6800 predecessor rather than taking a significant a leap forward. Moving from a 2.93GHz clock speed to 3.0GHz didn't result in tremendous performance gains on our benchmarks, nor did the switch to a faster front-side bus. Instead, the major appeal here is the price drop. For $999, Intel's new chip delivers performance that's on par with its older, much pricier QX6800. Just know that AMD and Intel each have new product lines coming out by the end of the year that might prove worth waiting for.

The 3.0GHz QX6850's progenitor, the 2.93 GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6800, was actually not that widely available as a standalone product. If your PC has one, chances are it's because you purchased a complete system from a high-end system vendor. Still, with a suggested price of $1,200 and a street price of $1,350 at the time of this review, Intel's previous top-dog chip sat in a new category of expensive for high-end CPUs.

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