Today we take the not so affordable Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and overclock it using affordable means. Using nothing more than a simple air-cooler and a couple of quick and easy BIOS tweaks, it is possible to reach 4GHz with the QX9650. The question is, at this incredible frequency how much more performance does the average user stand to gain?
The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 certainly is an impressive piece of technology and while it might not be a killer buy at $1200 US, it has shown us exactly what the move to the 45nm process has to offer. Apart from being able to reach 4GHz without having to resort to extreme cooling measures, the QX9650 has impressed us with low operating temperatures and improved power consumption. However, today’s mission was not to determine how good the QX9650 is as a processor, but rather to demonstrate its performance once overclocked.