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    Rahul Sood on Intel Kentsfield: General Observations

    Overall the assembly succeeded without a hitch - it was effortless to put the configurations together and get them to post. We installed our standard 650 watt power supply, a Voodoo heatsink, some Corsair memory, and a pair of ATI Radeon X1900XTX in Crossfire. It was only until we started to load test it that we thought there was something wrong with the CPUs.
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    It's hard to reconcile a quad-core CPU at any reasonable speed running cooler than an X6800 as he seems to suggest.
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    Yeah I'd like to see what this 'voodoo heatsink' Because it's seems capable of magic. That or the kentsfield has no problem sitting at 90c all day.

    Quad cores are easily on the fun side of 100w TDP are they not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    Yeah I'd like to see what this 'voodoo heatsink' Because it's seems capable of magic. That or the kentsfield has no problem sitting at 90c all day.

    Quad cores are easily on the fun side of 100w TDP are they not?
    Well my Pentium 840XE once ran for a good few hours without a heatsink and sitting at 100c. It was clock throttling to an incredible degree, but it didn't crash.

    The QX6700 would be 2 x E6700 which is 65w per die, so roughly 130w TDP, maybe a little less in the real world. About the same as an FX-62 and 45w more than a X6800.

    Nice to see he likes the CPU but that Sood guy sure speaks some rubbish at times.

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    Rubbish indeed, at least some of the conclusions.

    iirc Prime runs as an idle task, ie after all other applications have had their share of cpu time Prime takes up all remaining slack, forcing the assigned core to at or near 100% load.

    If a core assigned to run prime is not showing close to 100% usage then there is something wrong, hw, sw or both.

    Prime may highlight system instabilities or cooling inadequacies but running as an idle task it will never 'cripple' a core.
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    Whilst the TDP is 130 - it will probably never hit that - and end up at 109 ish most of the time.

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    I'm a bit sceptical about it running cooler than the cpus that he mentioned, ihave an E6600 and i would say that overall, the entire system runs considerably hotter than my opteron 165 system, and by that, i mean, the heat from the motherboard, cpu, northbridge, southbridge, mosfets etc.

    All that aside, for me, this is the most eagerly awaited computer part for donkeys years

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    I am keen to get some shots of systems with a thermal camera

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    you are welcome to thermal pics of mine, its a bit of a long way though

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    sorry to ask but I have been offline for sometime. When are intel planning to release this chip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkan View Post
    sorry to ask but I have been offline for sometime. When are intel planning to release this chip?
    You are not planning on buying this chip are you?

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    And why not? I've got one pre-ordered.

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    Pre-Ordered... *wink

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Pre-Ordered... *wink
    Well I thought I did, but if Chillblast is going under then maybe I don't

    So yes, I'm relatively confident I still have a pre-order and your front page is wrong
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