Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
# Release date: November 12, 2007

# Editors' rating: 8.3 Excellent

# The good: Fastest high-end desktop chip on the market; new specialized instructions should further improve performance with supporting software.

# The bad: Expensive; new chips coming out from AMD are an unknown factor; more complete Intel architecture redesign only a year away.

# The bottom line: The CPU market is due for a lot of upheaval over the next 12 months, so you might be wise to wait for a clearer picture before plunking down $1,000 or so on Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core desktop processor. But if you want to claim ownership of the fastest multicore CPU around today, look no further.

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