Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 & Q9450 in the test: The Ferrari among CPUs

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 & Q9450 in the test: The Ferrari among CPUs


Shortly before the end of the year, Intel will once again show what is already happening with the new 45-nanometer Penryn generation. serial production is possible in the near future. For this purpose the chip giant sendsa 3.2 GHz processor into the race, which for the first time relies on a frontside bus of effectively 1,600 MHz (4 x 400 MHz). In combination with fast DDR3 memory, which with the specifications of DDR3-1600 already costs a small fortune in sufficient quantities, the current speed records are to be broken. An easy game on paper.

On the following pages we will be dealing with exactly this processor, referred to as Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770, and of course let it compete against the first model of the Penryn generation, the QX9650 that we have already tested. In addition, thanks to the free multiplier, these two processors with “Yorkfield” cores allow us to simulate the processor most eagerly awaited by the masses: The Core 2 Quad Q9450 with FSB1.333, 2.66 GHz and 12 MB L2 cache . The CPU will be the future entry-level processor in the new four-core world from Intel. Above all, the price of 316 US dollars should be the decisive factor for its favor with customers. Whether it can succeed the previous top dog in this area, the Core 2 Quad Q6600, will also be clarified on the following pages.

Since we already have all the basics about the new Penryn -Architecture in our first article on the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650, we will not repeat it at this point. Instead, after the overview, we will only briefly discuss the chipset support and then let the figures speak for the future high-end processor, the smaller offshoot and its various competitors on the following 20 pages.

On the next page: Overview