Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S and Q9550S, Burned In

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S and Q9550S, Burned In

At just 65W, Intel's new S-series quad-core processors have a TDP (thermal design power) rating that's 30W lower than traditional Core 2 Quad chips, which are all rated for 95W.  In fact, the only other 65W chips Intel offers are from the Core 2 Duo line-up of dual-core processors. The beauty is, these new lower power chips perform just like true quad-cores of course but produce a lot less heat and consume less energy.

High performance quad-core chips with the thermal envelope of dual-cores? It almost sounds too good to be true.  Let's look and see if they are...

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Nice review! Throw one of these bad boys in that Zotac ITX board and have a heck of a rig.

One question I may have missed it, but were you using the stock cooler in the temps and overclocking tests?

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As noted in the article, the temps were taken with the Silverstone NT-06 heat-pipe air cooler with the stock fan set to 900RPM. The overclocking results were conducted using the stock cooler at stock voltage!

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Thanks Mike!

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pretty good review. i'm actually updating mobo and cpu and core 7 seems to be the way!

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I have been intrigued by these chips for a while now, but I'm not usre the $100+ price premium over the higher power consuming chips is worth it.

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That's because it's not.

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