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Intel Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Performance Preview
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: First Look Last Updated: September 28, 2006
Page: 2 of 4
How We Tested

The test bench consisted in two identical systems featuring the components listed below. The only variable component was the CPU being evaluated (Core 2 Extreme X6800 or Core 2 Extreme QX6700).

Core 2 Extreme QX6700
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Figure 6: Our test bench.

Hardware Configuration

  • Motherboard: Intel D975XBX2 Rev. 303 (BX97520J.86A.1446.2006.0913.1039 BIOS).
  • Memory: Two Corsair PC8500 CM2X1024-8500 modules with 1 GB each, installed under DDR2 dual channel configuration (5-5-5-15 timings).
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (320 GB, 7,200 rpm, SATA-300)
  • Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7950 GX2.

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional installed using NTFS
  • Service Pack 2
  • DirectX 9.0c

Driver Versions

  • NVIDIA video driver version : 91.47
  • Intel Inf driver version: 7.2.2.1007
  • All motherboard drivers

Used Software

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

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