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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.31.04]
Manufactured by: Intel

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Well there you have it - this week's $1000 CPU compared to last week's $1000 CPU. What difference does 66 MHz make? Well, a 3% increase in clock speed gave us a 3% increase in performance in all the pure CPU tests.

However Intel is touting the 925XE with this launch. The 925XE increases the FSB rate to 1066 MHz, from 800. What difference does 266 MHz on the FSB make? Not much! Although I must admit our tests were more CPU-based, since this review was done as a CPU review. However, there were many cases where an increased FSB should make a difference (such as in the gaming tests), but didn't do much.

On the bright side, the new 925XE chipset will cost motherboard makers no more than the 800 FSB 925X did. And from what I am hearing, the new chipset will significantly enhance overclocking potential. That's a good thing too, because for the time being, you won't be able to use such a high bus speed unless you shell out for an Extreme Edition otherwise.

As far as the 3.46 Extreme Edition goes, I'll reserve judgement until our AMD FX comes in (NewEgg shipped one out to us on Friday, so it should be here some time early next week). I am definitely looking forward to that battle.

More importantly, I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with the 925XE boards once they come rolling in. Paired up with DDR2 memory that can already do 667 MHz DDR, things could get very interesting indeed.