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5.0 out of 5 stars Intel Q6700 Quad Core CPU Review, June 21, 2008
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This review is from: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Quad-Core Processor, 2.66 GHz, 8M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB, LGA775 (Personal Computers)
This is a quality product. It's packaged well, it installs easily and it works flawlessly. The included thermal solution (heatsink and fan assembly) fits well and keeps the CPU temperature nice and low without making fan noise. The heatsink has factory pre-installed thermal compound, so you don't need any "heatsink grease" during installation.

A few "facts" about this (and other Intel Core 2 Quad) processors:

* Performance speed is better, but not a LOT better than a dual core. This is because most Windows programs only use one core anyway.

* Programs that are written for a multi CPU system (such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom) will be screaming fast when run on this chip.

* A quad core CPU is actually 2 dual cores in one package.

* This CPU is "locked" (it cannot have it's clock multiplier changed for "overclocking").

* To get an "unlocked" CPU, you must buy a $1000+ "Quad Core Extreme" chip (i.e. a QX6700).

* This CPU is not supported by older motherboards. MAKE SURE you have the right board AND BIOS updates to support quad core before buying this.

* LINUX users will LOVE this chip, since Linux smoothly uses all 4 cpu's.

* This chip supports "AMD-64" mode - meaning it will run XP and Vista 64 bit editions, as well as Linux AMD-64 edition.

In summary, this product is high quality and it works great. I highly recommend this CPU as a fine upgrade to any PC (be sure your system supports the chip though!).
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Initial post: Jun 29, 2008 5:05:32 AM PDT
Excellent report that certainly cleared up some important issues on compatability eg Motherboard etc.

Thanks
Peter from the Uk
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