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Old January 4, 2010, 05:30 AM
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Default Clarkdale Core i5-661 CPU Review Comment Thread

In recent years, Intel used Nehalem architecture to push both a high end platform with their Bloomfield-based CPUs and their newly released Lynnfield generation of LGA1156 chips. Today they reveal their more moderately-priced Westmere series with the introduction of the Clarkdale desktop and Arrandale mobile CPUs. In this review we will be looking at the Clarkdale Core i5 661.

You can read the review here: Intel Westmere 32nm Launch & Clarkdale Core i5-661 CPU Review


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Old January 4, 2010, 05:38 AM
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Not bad at all,, except for AMD
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Awesome stuff we have here! I was amazed it could beat a stock Ci7 920 in so many tests having such a low pricetag and power consumption (LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS!)

Intel does have a gem in their hands

Great review guys, keep em coming
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Old January 4, 2010, 06:28 AM
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Awesome stuff we have here! I was amazed it could beat a stock Ci7 920 in so many tests having such a low pricetag and power consumption (LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS!)
wait to see the I9 numbers.....
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Old January 4, 2010, 07:43 AM
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wait to see the I9 numbers.....
The things is that an higher-end processor is supposed to do better than lower end, it's not supposed to go the other way.
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I have a question. I assume the q6600 is stock speeds, however it seems that lots of people with the q6600 overclock it, I have mine at 3.2GHz and it seems like many go as far as 3.6 and above. I was wondering how it would perform at higher clock settings relative to how it performed in these tests. 2% better, 5% or more?
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The things is that an higher-end processor is supposed to do better than lower end, it's not supposed to go the other way.
ya but the 920 start to get old..... you are not expecting they will be high end for ever ...are you ?

wait to see the new high end one Intel have to offer ,
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The IGP is a waste in a lot of situations, unless you use this platform for businesses or a HTPC, unfortunately.

The i3 5xx series looks like a MONSTER for budget OC/gaming rigs. I'm glad I waited and didnt get a P55 setup now, because a mATX build OC'd is going to be awesome!
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The things is that an higher-end processor is supposed to do better than lower end, it's not supposed to go the other way.
In limited tests, yes, it can do better. You're still talking 2 core vs 4 for other apps. And it has a distinct clockspeed advantage at stock/turbo as well. These are not apple/apple comparisons. If you're going to cherry pick results, sure you can say the i5 6xx series is 'better' then the 920. However, if I'm going to cherry pick results, I can easily say the 920 is better. This is why we make apple/apple comparisons.
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What an excellent review. We now know how mac spent the holidays.
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