"Intel is releasing its latest steps in evolution of the CPU, that is, the Conroe and Kentsfield cores souped up to run on a 1333 MHz bus interface. Combined with the latest P35 chipset and some fast DDR3, do the new kids on the block have what it takes to up the ante again? Read on... Before delving into performance issues, we would like to mention a few other things. The P35 chipset as it is almost common knowledge is only an intermediate chipset on the way to the next best thing coming from Intel, that is the X38 chipset. A lesser known fact is that aside from Intel, nVidia is also grinding the battleaxes by releasing a 1333 MHz version of their nForce 680i chipset – for the time being with DDR2 support only but there is also a DDR3 version on the horizon.
Needless to say that even the threesome of evolutionary improvements neither can nor will result in a cataclysm of the known performance world, but small steps, especially in combination, are often enough to smoke the rest of the field by numbers. The Core2 Duo 6750 was already released some 2 weeks ago, however, due to time constraint, we are combining the reviews of both the Core2 Duo 6750 and the Core2 Quad Extreme 6850 into a single article."