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Featuring a dual-die quad core design with two unified 6 MB L2 caches.

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Pros

Idles at very low temperatures, 25-30 degrees

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Improved startup speeds over older Core 2 models

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Simple installation, not much hassle after initial installation

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Stock cooling is more than sufficient, even for some overclocking

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Highly stable when overclocking, supports over 1 GHz of additional clock speed

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Good upgrade for existing systems that require a dual-core model

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Cons

Some detectable slowdown doing complex multi-tasking applications

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Some other Intel chips (i5) with higher clock speeds can be found for lower or the same price

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The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 is a 45nm, ‘Yorkfield’ quad-core 2.66GHz microprocessor featuring a dual-die quad core design with two unified 6 MB L2 caches. Essentially a little brother to the Q9450, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 runs on 45nm architecture with a 1333FSB and 6MB (versus 12MB) of L2 Cache. A near duplicate of its peer, the Q9400 also features Intel 64 architecture, Intel Trusted Executed Technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology. Plus, this model is known to perform exceptionally well with overclocking. It is overshadowed by the Q9650 (3GHz), Q9550S (2.83GHz), Q9550 (2.83GHz), and Q9450.

Features
  • ‘Yorkfield’ Quad-Core
  • Intel 64
  • Intel Trusted Executed Technology
  • Execute Disable Bit
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
  • Intel Wide Dynamic Execution
  • Intel Intelligent Power Capability
  • Intel Smart Memory Access
  • Intel Advanced Smart Cache
  • Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost
Specifications
  • sSpec Number: SLB6B
  • CPU Speed: 2.66 GHz
  • PCG: 05A
  • Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
  • Bus/Core Ratio: 8
  • L2 Cache Size: 6 MB
  • L2 Cache Speed: 2.66 GHz
  • Package Type: LGA775
  • Manufacturing Technology: 45 nm
  • Core Stepping: R0
  • Thermal Specification 95W
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