Intel has a lot to be proud of when looking back over the last two years. Core 2 has paid dividends for the company and finally they no longer have to put spin on lousy products like they were forced to do with Netburst at the end of its life. What it came down to was that Intel simply pushed Netburst CPUs too far. The lineup should have ended at Prescott.
Netburst is now forgotten, and Intel are wholeheartedly forgiven with the Core architecture; it not only manages to keep the processor speed at around the 3GHz mark (which is roughly where the Netburst CPU left off), it keeps things moving forward with architectural advancements that further improve on the already excellent multimedia decoding and encoding performance the Netburst processors were reknowned for; not to mention improving gaming performance to the point that the Jolly Green Giant simply can't match.
Not only has the processor improved, so has the platform. Intel's use of the aging 975X chipset as its enthusiast level chipset was beginning to wear thin. It lacked DDR2-800 memory support and its Crossfire support with only twin x8 slots was starting to really pull it down. Even the P965 was able to kick it from the top rung thanks to its DDR2-800 memory capabilities and Crossfire support; while not the perfect match, it was a more desirable chipset. P35 managed to do a good job in the interim whilst waiting for a high performance chipset. P35's dual memory support made it an ideal stop gap chipset for the enthusiast level.
X38 is now here, and it's still a mixed bag in regards to how it performs. So far there aren't really any performance breaking features of the chipset, it's basically a P35 but with better Crossfire support and a few novelties such as XMP memory profiles. Today we are testing out the ASUS Maximus Extreme board which is designed to be the most impressive board ASUS has ever put out to market.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Guillermo del Toro teases Silent Hills successor
- Leaked 1666: Amsterdam gameplay footage is darkly enchanting
- Doom's ultra nightmare mode is so hard id Software can't beat it
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare officially trademarked by Activision
- Vivendi buys more Ubisoft shares, takeover rumors begin
- Six Windows Applications Free Pack
- Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review
- Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS Review
- Cold double post on Z77X-UD5H
- Lian Li PC-X510 question about resonance sound
- ASRock and Intel teams up to create one of the smallest mini PCs: DeskMini
- Sapphire launches Radeon Pro Duo for ultimate VR & 4K experience
- Seagate now shipping 10TB helium enterprise drive in volume
- ENERMAX announces the new DFR technology with D.F.PRESSURE
- World's first 24/7 esports TV channel launched