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Old March 19, 2008, 11:41 PM
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Default Q9300 review by X-bit labs

I read this review on the new Q9300 series quad core and i figured they would be way faster then just a few percentage marks on certain applications.

X-bit labs - The Youngest of Yorkfields: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor Review

they also cut back on the L2 cache.
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Old March 20, 2008, 01:01 AM
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Interesting...... Too bad really! Looks like the Q9450 is going to be the top choice, or the Xeon X3350
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Old March 20, 2008, 05:54 AM
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They cut back on the L2 but I think they beefed up the L3 quite a bit- like AMD's phenom

EDIT: nope- I was thinking of teh nehalems- L3 cache not possible without true quad core.

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Old March 20, 2008, 07:39 AM
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Yeah its been known for awhile the 9300's were going to be nothing more than 9450/9550/etc rejects w/ half their cache laser cut. To bad, they would have KILLED AMD in the low end if they had the beefy big cache of their bigger brothers.
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Old March 23, 2008, 08:14 PM
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Intel said several months back that the new 45 nm chips weren't going to be much, if any, faster clock-for-clock compared to the 65 nm chips, so this is no surprise ...
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Old March 24, 2008, 08:04 AM
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It amazes me the attitudes people have (and I am not pointing any of you guys out so please don't misunderstand me) on the internet about the 45nm CPU's. They were never meant to be alot better than the 65nm chips as Jmac said but is seems people were expecting them to be. The lower multi's are alittle bit of a handicap on some current boards, but the 790i/X48 boards are already showing amazing FSB speeds which will let these CPU's really stretch their legs. 45nm does clock better with lower voltage since my QX6850 needs 1.4V to run 3.65GHz while my QX9650 does 3.8GHz with 1.25V. The heatload is also alot lower for the 45nm CPU's. I guess we have all become very spoiled with constant upgrades and now that the upgrade curve has flattened, expectations have far exceeded even what we were told to expect.
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Old March 24, 2008, 08:39 AM
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Ouch other than the lower power consumption when OC'd, the Q9300 ain't looking so great.
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