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Intel unleash QX9770 samples to suffocate Phenom launch…

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Posted November 20, 2007 by admin in CPU & Motherboards

The Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is faster than the QX9650, it doesn’t take a lot of thinking to really come up with that one. The 1600MHz FSB is an interesting jump for Intel, and it’ll quite possibly be the last FSB bump on the desktop before Nehalem, which should do away with the FSB altogether. The power consumption numbers are particularly frightening, we’re not exactly sure why a meager 6.7% increase in clock speed resulted in an almost 40% increase in total system power consumption, but if that’s the case in the shipping product then we know now to stay away from it. We’ll obviously revisit the QX9770 once we have production silicon, hopefully Intel will have some answers to us before then. The QX9770 is absolutely not an acceptable part if it does indeed come with a > $1000 price tag and these thermal issues. We can’t help but reiterate though, the biggest take away of today’s preview has nothing to do with the product itself. Intel’s reaction to Phenom, particularly how quickly it reacted, is truly unusual for the company.



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