Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 review

By Julio Franco
Jul 16, 2007
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  1. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,511   +308

  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    Lot of games next year will work best with quads so its definately the best buy right now.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    At this technology advancement rate, and impatient users with money to spend, do you think anyone would keep the same CPU for a year? There may be multithreaded games in the future, but the quad-core CPU prices are also going to be lower when the games are actually available.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    Very true. I see quad cores being main stream in a year, and being dirt cheap. I dont recommend getting it if it doesnt mean anything to you as far as needing it.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    If the Core 2 Duo's went from $299 to $99 (for some models), then yes, I see prices dropping for any new products as well :) .
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,390   +828

    You Don't Say......

    I really haven't seen any price drops on this order of magnitude. In fact Newegg just "dropped" the Price of the Q6600 to $320.00 USD, now a mere $20.00 MORE than before the "price drops" were announced. The new 1333FSB CPU seem to be a better value clock for clock than the older C2ds, the prices of which haven't changed at all, (thus far).

    Signed: Confused in the Colonies.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,511   +308

    If I based my PC upgrades entirely and solely on what I needed I'd probably still be running XP on a much slower machine than I do now :)
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    I got this nagging feeling that you're buying the same chip, whether its one of those new 1066mhz processors, or 1333mhz processors. The only difference is probably the packaging.

    If this is true, you're essentially getting exactly the same chip with its jumpers configured to run at a lower multiplier but higher FSB. Which means less value for consumers, since this limits overclocking, which I'm willing to bet that its what Intel wants.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,390   +828

    Same S***, Different Day......

    Since everybody got wise to the clock speed scam, Intel probably jacked up the FSB speed to divert everybody's attention to a different clock speed paradigm.
    Besides, Intel does the warranties, why wouldn't they want to limit overclocking. Then, if you want a faster processor you have to buy it, and the clock speed race is back on.
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Can you see if a chip's been overclocked or not?

    I swear, one of these days Intel/AMD is going to realise that the best way to sell their chips is to package the chip soldered on the motherboard, with no overclocking options. Probably have the graphics card soldered on as well. And the HDDs... And the RAM.... wait. Maybe not the RAM.

    :D
  11. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

     
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    What I"m trying to find out, is which one of these boards allow the best overcl**** on a quad :)
  13. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    I just read a review on that P5K3 Premium motherboard. That motherboard is just INSANELY expensive.

    But yeah, I don't see why its not the way of the future. Maybe not for all computers, but I really can see all workstations having everything, including RAM, integrated.
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    so why is it so expensive again?
  15. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Probably has something to do with its insane cooling features.

    Or maybe it has something to do with the on board features.

    Possibly... Just possibly.... it has something to do with its on board 2Gb DDR3 RAM.
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    Lol. I saw that, who wants onboard ram though. I dont. I heard about its great cooling features, and all of those 30 board features. The onboard ram thing is what scares me mostly I guess.
  17. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    I would have bought a motherboard with onboard PC6400 Cl5 DDR2 RAM, if it costs the same as me buying a motherboard and that same RAM. Having it onboard means it'll be faster, and I don't think I would need more than 2GB for quite awhile.
  18. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    So wait, just to say. If there were 8800 onboard graphics it would be faster than an add on card. Or am I just getting to deep into a barrell I can't get out of?
     
  19. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Well, for you its a different story. You upgrade much more often than I do.

    Bear in mind that before this Core2Duo, I was running a 478 system. And I've not upgraded my RAM ever. I upgraded my graphics card on that system for a whole of 3 months, before selling it off for a $50 loss after deciding that the money would be much better spent on a new system (and it was).


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