Sunday, September 7, 2008

Express-look: first portable quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9300

Well, here it is ladies and gentlemen. Finally the first portable cpu that has been sitting in some desktops for quite a while now, you can take this speed anywhere you like. Switched to 45-nm techprocessor allowing to create a processor TDP which won't cross the line.

In the Centrino 2 announce, Core 2 Extreme QX9300 was presented, first quad-core mobile solution for laptops. You will get acquainted with this processor through ASUS G71V laptop built on recently announced Intel platform and GeForce 9700M GS graphics adapter.

Core 2 Extreme QX 9300 should work on 2.53 GHz frequency, but the screenshot shows otherwise, this is because its for show purposes and the frequency is only 2400 MHz. Yorkfield core, techprocessor 45-nm, 1066 MHz and 12 MB cache second-level, at $1038. Its hard to imagine how much the ASUS G71V will cost itself in difference.

During a live platform presentation in Kiev (Ukraine) an interesting outcome was provided by Sergei Shevchenko, specialized in Intel technologies. During the presentation of Core 2 Extreme QX 9300 Sergei Shevchenko launched FineReader application containing 108 pages for reading. Using only two cpu-cores the document was opened within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Once all four cores were put to work, the request was completed within 1 minute and 28 seconds.

After the official presentation the public was allowed to run a few tests themselves, a lot of volunteers rushed to try out the new laptop. Multi-stream wPrime was launched first, in 32M the result was 16,521 c. Lets point out, that overclocked to 2836 MHz mobile processor Core 2 Duo T7500 could only show 27,740 c, which is the world record for this processor. Working on 2.53 GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9300 can take 15 c during that test.

Unfortunately, PiFast results weren't so satisfying for low frequency and because the application itself doesn't support quad-core processors. The result was 36.18 c. Approximately the same result was demostrated by Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz).

Something that wasn't available a while ago is going to be released to public quite soon. Once you get your hands on this quick piece of technology you'll take advantage of new application and games, since game designers took immediate interest in quad-core processors once they came out and future games will be based only on quad-core systems.

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