Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor

Testbed and SiSoft Sandra

Test System Details
Specifications and Revisions

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz Dual-Core, 45nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz Dual-Core, 45nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8650 (3.0 GHz Dual-Core, 65nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5 GHz Quad-Core, 45nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Exteme QX6750 (3.0 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm)
  • AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition (2.3 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm - TLB Patch Disabled)
  • AMD Phenom 9500 (2.2 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm - TLB Patch Disabled)

  • eVGA Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard (For Intel Testing)
  • MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard (For AMD Testing)
  • Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 Memory (4 x 1 GB, CAS 4-4-4-12)
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB (169.74 Driver)
  • Western Digital Raptor 74 GB Hard Drive)
  • Plextor PX-755SA DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Corsair HX620W 620W Power Supply
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (32-bit, SP1)

Synthetic CPU and Memory Benchmarks
SiSoft Sandra 2008 SP1 (Higher Numbers Are Better)

In terms of CPU arithmetic performance, the Core 2 Quad Q9300 scores pretty well across the board.  The chip only showcases a small increase in number-crunching performance compared to the Q6600, but in terms of multimedia performance shows massive gains, due to SSE4.1 instruction support.  The new core architecture also allows for increases in overall system memory bandwidth, jumping from 5.4 GB/s with the Q6600 to 6.5 GB/s with the Q9300.

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