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    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Preview
    By Vince Freeman :  November 19, 2007

    3DMark06 Pro Performance

    3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series of gaming benchmarks, and like 3DMark05, it also requires DirectX 9.0 compatibility. The 3DMark06 program offers a high-end selection of both gaming and CPU tests, while upping the ante in terms of jaw-dropping graphics and 3D feature support. 3DMark06 is not only a prime way of determining potential DirectX 9 game performance, but the individual CPU performance score also makes it a valuable tool in processor reviews and performance comparisons. This CPU benchmark is performed at the standard 1280x1024 resolution and 32-bit color depth, with no anti-aliasing or filtering options enabled.

    Standard game benchmarks usually don't show any real advantage with a dual or quad-core setup, primarily because these are not written with a multi-core platform in mind. While this is true in the majority of cases, 3DMark06 Pro does offer multi-threaded game benchmarking, and will help give us an idea of theoretical performance in true multi-threaded game environments. The 3.2 GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9770 proves this out, as it takes the top place in our chart, and is not only the first to surpass 5K, but absolutely blows by it.

    DOOM 3 Performance

    DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This installment is one serious 3D game test, including potentially the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, as it has a greater reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This makes it less-than an optimum current CPU performance test, but may still bear fruit as newer and faster processors make an appearance.

    While not expressly multi-threaded, DOOM 3 also shows noticeable performance gains with dual and quad core processors, and since the 45nm Yorkfield offers an additional speed boost, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 sets yet another performance record.

    FarCry Performance

    FarCry is a first-person shooter that takes in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3. Instead of darkness and confined spaces, FarCry places you outdoors, on bright sandy beaches, jungles or even on the water itself. This game gives our processors a different kind of a stress test, and rest assured that FarCry ranks up there with the very toughest 3D game benchmarks. For this test, we are using the full retail version, and a custom game demo.

    FarCry must be a game that benefits from the added speed of FSB1600 and the greater memory bandwidth, as it posts a score much higher than the 200 MHz core speed increase would entail.



    Page 1 The Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Processor
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SiSoft SANDRA XII Memory and Multi-Core Performance
    Page 5 Everest Ultimate Edition 4.2 Performance
    Page 6 CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 7 MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance
  • Page 8 3DMark06 Pro, DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 9 Quake 4, Prey and Splinter Cell: CT Performance
    Page 10 Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. and Supreme Commander Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis and Power Consumption
    Page 12 Real-World Usage, Value and Conclusion

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