Intel has released a new CPU to claim the title as the fastest desktop CPU available. It is the Core 2 Extreme Qx6800. Yup, it’s just a quad-core Kentsfield, exactly the same as it was when we reviewed it last November. The only difference is that it is clocked at 2.93 GHz, instead of 2.66 GHz.
Being the progressive thinkers that we are, we already clocked the Kentsfield to 2.93 GHz in that very review, so our readers already know exactly how much of a beast the QX6800 is. If you need a refresher, check out the original review of the Core 2 Extreme we did in November. We also downclocked it to 2.40 GHz (another then-unannounced speed that has since become a retail clock speed, as the Q6600).
At HCW, we’re all about value, which is why our original Kentsfield review stands as 3 reviews for the price of one :)
The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 is listed at $1199, and should start showing up in stores this week. Unlike previous Extreme products from Intel, the previous model still exists. You can grab the QX6700 (which also has an unlocked multiplier, so you can easily clock it to match the speed of the QX6800) for as low as $967 using HCW Shop’s lowest price search engine :)