DH Review: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 / Core 2 Duo E6700

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  1. HardwareHeaven

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    Read the review here
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    Intel have handled this product launch differently because as well as the usual splattering of marketing mumbo jumbo there has been an uncharacteristic level of access to an unreleased product.

    The first major example of this was back in May when we were invited to Intel Headquarters in Germany and were able to get hands on with a pre configured Core 2 system, a full two months before retail availability. Initial impressions were very positive however there is only so much faith you can have in pre-configured systems with limited testing, many sites published “their” results which basically were nothing more than glorified Intel PDF’s, we choose to wait until we could build our own systems and do our own indepth testing.

    Over a month before Core 2 reviews could be published we were sent a final review kit by Intel. This almost never happens, most launches are shrouded in secrecy and last minute rushes, having over a month to fully test a new product really gives the impression that Intel are confident in their new line of processors, time to find out if this faith is well placed.
     
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    Necrosis Well-Known Member

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    Good review.

    Hopefully I'll be receiving my e6700 this up coming week.
     
  3. Alien1

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    I will wait for Quad Cores and Vista until i decide for a CPU\mobo upgrade

    A Graphic card with DX10 support is all what i care right now
     
  4. X1800XTTOP

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    Very good review.

    Its the first one i see comparing the CPUs at maximum ingame detail (huge plus to you guys for doing so). After all, thats how FX62/Core2Extreme users play their games. In the end, we see a ~6-10 fps increase in games (the extreme model vs the fx62), wich is by no means bad at all.

    Also, if i may ask, was the AMD Dual Core driver installed? Its supposed to improve performance with some games. I couldnt find any info about it on the "test system"-page so im very sorry if i missed it.
     
  5. IamLakota

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    Very nice review indeed,after a few years of hearing how intels cpu's were not up to par
    with AMD's it's great to see them come out with a cpu that makes me want to upgrade.
     
  6. CJLMTLCA

    CJLMTLCA Ti > IT

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    Good review...

    :drool:

    That makes me wonder now to upgrade or not... ahhh... I'm tempted by the C2D right now. I guess i can always just pop in a DX10 card later and get Vista... or wait for Core 4 Duo, or will it be Core 2 Quattro...? Four 2 Cores...? ok...
     
  7. Necrosis

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    I have three main reasons why I'm doing an Intel setup now.

    1. Video encoding.
    2. Gaming performance vs high end AMD processors.
    3. I'm turning 30 soon so it's a special "Getting Old" present to myself.
     
  8. Stuart_Davidson

    Stuart_Davidson Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the latest version of the AMD cpu driver was installed. I always do this as if you dont some versions of PC mark give you issues.

    We'll add it to the sys page asap. (my fault for leaving it out)
     
  9. Teme

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    Ditto that!!!
     
  10. X1800XTTOP

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    Just to make sure we are talking about the same driver. There is an AMD CPU driver (wich basicly adds cools and quit), and there is dual core optimizer. I was talking about the last one :)

    Anyways, keep up the excellent work.
     
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    I was talking about the opti one too... also fyi there is a 3rd one which some manufacturers "take advantage" of which is called "AMDaway". MSI use it on their K9A boards for example.
     
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    Oh god, there is alot to keep track on :)

    I knew many confuse the two i was talking about, so i just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same. I myself only have the "opti" installed as i dont use cool and quiet (my computer is already cool and quiet ;) ) to avoid any issues.
     
  13. HardwareHeaven

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    I found some issues with cool and quiet D installed before, depending on bios settings. i never install it either on my FX60/7900SLI rig.
     
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    Great review guys - Intel obviously has a breakthough product for themselves and computer users/buyers/builders with the Core2 architecture.

    From this review, I wonder what the AMD X2 architecture could do if they incorporated the same size L2 cache (shared) and dropped the process to 65nm... With their onboard memory controller, they might come out on top. Shame they can't do it right now...
     
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    man i love the flash graphs you guys use. makes it look awesome :)

    I was actually quite surprised the C2D did that well in games. Usually a CPU doesn't really have a big effect on games.
     
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    Great review. What fast chips - it's nice to see some great stuff coming from intel again.
     
  17. pr0digal jenius

    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    nice as always.......you have my address, right? :rofl:
     
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    Great review.

    I really hope AMD engineers are locked in their offices and developing Core 2 killers :evil:
     
  19. Falstaff

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    this whole review game me awesome wood!

    I have always been an Intel guy.

    bought the common sense car.

    made all the common sense choices

    Use my Spock whenever I wanted value over hype...

    but clearly this proc is the new link to future cpu's from Intel that will dominate on all levels.

    I have beer taste and a beer budget. but I will spring for this 100 year old bourbon...

    I can just taste it now...LOL

    Thanx Stew and Allan
     
  20. Erroneus

    Erroneus Get off my lawn!

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    Doubt it :) They are going to release 0.65nm AM2 cpu's in 2007, but beside they maybe can make a FX66 and a X2 5400 (which wont help much), it wont do anything fantastic. AMD has to "fight" back, by selling their CPU's much cheaper then Intel, until their new core K9? in 2008 is out, because their 4X4 solution doesn't sound that brilliant and sounds expensive.
     

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