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The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 is one of Intel's new generation of quad core processors that is energy efficient and powerful.

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extra cores make multi-threaded applications run much quicker than just a higher clock speed

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enough power to satisfy most gamers

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plenty of power for high-demand applications

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stays cool all the time, even when pushed with tougher jobs like video rendering

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good balance of processing power and price for a good value

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easily overclocked to even higher performance

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draws much more power than modern Intel i3, i5, or i7 processors

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The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 is one of Intel's new generation of quad core processors that is energy efficient and powerful. The Q9450 codenamed "Yorkfield", features two 6 MB of L2 cache which gives a total of 12 MB of L2 cache, a core clock speed of 2.66 GHz, and a front side bus of 1333MHz. The CPU is manufactured on a 45nm die and contains 4 processor cores. Designed to deliver a high power efficiency, it has a Thermal Design Power of 95W. For the full report, refer to Intel Core 2 Quad.

Features
  • Core Clock Speed: 2.66GHz
  • L2-cache: 2 x 6144KB
  • Front Side Bus: 1333MHz
  • Thermal Design Power: 95W
  • Socket: LGA 775
  • Release Date: March 25, 2008    
  • Price: $316
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