Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Review

How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable was the CPU being tested.
Hardware Configuration

  • Motherboard: MSI P35 Platinum (1.0 BIOS)

  • Memory: 2 GB DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 with 5-5-5-15 timings, two Patriot PDC21G8500ELK modules (512 MB each) and two Corsair CM2X512-8500C5 modules (512 MB each).

  • Hard Disk Drive: Samsung HD080HJ (SATA-300, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB buffer).

  • Video Card: MSI factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB (NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD OC).

  • Video resolution: [email protected]

  • Power Supply: Antec Neo HE 550.

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional installed using NTFS

  • Service Pack 2

  • DirectX 9.0c

Driver Versions

  • NVIDIA video driver version: 158.22

  • Intel Inf chipset driver version:

  • Audio driver version: Realtek R1.62

  • LAN driver version: Realtek 5.664.205.2007

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.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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