Intel's newest top-of-the-line quad-core processor, the QX9770, won't officially ship until Q2,
but we've got a review unit. It's the most interesting device to come out of Intel in a while,
since it pushes desktop performance ahead on several serious fronts: It's fabricated at 45-nm
(OK, the QX6850 is, too), supports ultra-fast DDR3 memory, and has a 1600-MHz front-side bus--
Intel's speediest yet. I've started building a PC so I can benchmark the chip, and I've got the video
to prove it. Check it out.
With the case cleaned out and prepped, I plunged headlong into the build. However, as is often the case when
one acts without stopping to think or read directions (I don't need no stinkin' directions; actually, there
aren't any directions for these things), I ran into a few unexpected roadblocks.
The first came after I popped the QX9770 into a nice Intel motherboard I had lying around, only to find out
that the board, being based on a 975 core-logic chipset, didn't support the Core 2 Extreme's 1600-MHz front-side
bus. Turns out there aren't many mobos out there right now which do.
Asus saved the day by provided us with a review motherboard in the form of its new
WS Professional "extreme workstation engine." This mobo uses the new Intel X38 chipset, and is one of
not too many out there right now, which can go full speed on the QX9770's 1600-MHz front-side bus. It's got
the usual Asus attention to cooling detail, as you'll see in the video, which shows the board's ample
complement of copper cooling pipes.
As I perhaps go overboard in mentioning in the video, cooling considerations are key in building a modern PC.
Indeed, if you don't do this part of the project correctly, you might as well not bother, because your machine
won't perform up to snuff -- overly hot processors and graphics cards don't work right -- and you might even
fry the thing.
As you can see from the video, I'm mainly grappling with the mechanical challenges of assembling the unit.
I'll talk more about the computer's fine points, and getting the thing up and running, in my next episode.
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