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Update: Core 2 Extreme QX9770 at 3.2 GHz
By , Daniel Schuhmann

Operating System: Windows Vista Enterprise

We have recently switched to a different version of Windows for our benchmarks. Now, all benchmarks at THG are run on Windows Vista Enterprise. While this version is not available in stores, its performance results are identical to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. However, we were forced to make this switch, since this is the only version that offers an Open License. This License allows us to activate Windows Vista over the Internet repeatedly, without having to make calls to Microsoft’s activation hotline each time.

Hardware Configuration

We have updated our testbed system with new components, such as the graphics card, sound card and hard drive, in order to offer our readers results based on a platform that is both current and practical.

Hardware Setup

System Hardware
AMD Platform AM2
(Nvidia Nforce 5)
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
NVIDIA nForce5, BIOS: 1001 (03/13/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel P35)
Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0
Intel P35, BIOS: F2o (05/11/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel X38)
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6, Rev. 1.0
Intel X38, BIOS: F4 (09/19/2007)
Memory2x 1GB A-Data DDR2-1066+ Vitesta Extreme Edition
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics CardFoxconn Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
GPU: 575 MHz
Shader: 1350 MHz
Video Memory: 786 MB DDR4 (900 MHz, 384 Bit)
Sound CardCreative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power SupplyZalman, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt

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    spuddyt , 19 November 2007 23:29
    hang on? pg 4, the table is in german (not that it matters, since the nm doesn't really change between language...
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    spuddyt , 19 November 2007 23:32
    and on pg 7, that comment about it being for the enthusiast segment..... i'm not so sure...... since if its basically just a higher FSB version, most enthusiasts will just take it way higher anyway
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    mi1ez , 21 November 2007 19:46
    I think it's hilarious how concerned intel were at the last article- it didn't put that bad a light on it as I remember...
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    topman , 22 November 2007 03:31
    lol intel got that CPU to you qwick and i am glad i did not by a x38m i would of bin pist D:
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    wild9 , 22 November 2007 08:42
    More upgrade confusion..great if you have wads of cash. Not so great for Intel as most people don't.
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    MJ_Frosty , 22 November 2007 14:46
    Best and most greatest selfish example of industry driven dribble I have ever seen. Pointless and further more petty baby steps towards getting the high stand. Nice.
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    raotor , 23 November 2007 05:22
    Can't really see the point of this CPU.

    Apart from neding a new chipset, what's the deal with a mere 5% performance increase for an additional 40% more power consumption.

    Given the impressive energy efficiency of the QX9650, I don't understand how so much extra power is drawn for the tiny boost in performance - what's going on?
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    Capitannimo , 20 June 2008 01:25
    I think its important that you incorporate into your review on the qx9770 the following info I got from Intel support:


    Thank you for contacting Intel(R) Customer Support.

    The only cooling solution we recommend for this processor is the liquid based cooling. We can not guarantee performance nor reliability if an air cooling solution is used.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you need further assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Intel(R) Customer Support