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Come November, Intel will officially launch their Quad-Core
processors based on the Kentsfield core. They are essentially based on the Core
Architecture that is gaining popularity and recognition these few months through
the Intel Core 2 Duo Processors. Simply put, the Kentsfield CPU is putting 2
of the Core 2 Duo cores onto a single processor, giving an effective of 4 independant
Cores. Hence the offical name of Core 2 Quad. Wanna see more? Read on…

Come November, Intel will officially launch their Quad-Core
processors based on the Kentsfield core. They are essentially based on the Core
Architecture that is gaining popularity and recognition these few months through
the Intel Core 2 Duo Processors. Simply put, the Kentsfield CPU is putting 2
of the Core 2 Duo cores onto a single processor, giving an effective of 4 independant
Cores. Hence the offical name of Core 2 Quad.

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Since the Core 2 Duo spot a 4MB of shared L2 Cache between
the dual cores, the Core 2 Quad naturally spots a double serving, 8MB of L2 Cache- 4MB shared between 2 cores each! November
is just one month away so it’s ripe timing for us to do a preview on this upcoming
luxury. Our main test setup will be run on the Intel D975XBX Motherboard while
we await a proper D975XBX2 media sample for further testing. Meanwhile, you can take a sneak preview with us at the D975XBX2
“Bad Axe 2″ right
here.

 

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I used a Scythe Ninja Tower Cooler fitted with a silent Noctua
120mm 1.2K RPM Fan for cooling.

 

Platform
Test Setup

CPU

Intel
Core 2 Quad QX6700 2.66GHz

Intel
Core 2 Duo X6800 2.93GHz

Motherboard

Intel
D975XBX (i975x Chipset, BIOS 1378)

Memory

2
x 1GB GSKill F28000 2GBHZ DDR2 Memory set at CL4-4-4-5 DDR2 800

Graphics
Card

ASUS
ATi X1900XTX

Power
Supply

Silverstone
Zeus ST56ZF

Optical
Storage

ASUS
16x DVD Rom

Hard
Disk

Seagate
80GB Barracuda SATA + Seagate 80GB Barracuda PATA

Operating
System

Windows
XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista RC1 (v5600-16384) for X86

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Above, you see the QX6700 side by side with the X6800