Intel Core2 QX9770 

Released January, 2008
  • 3.2 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
3.6 Out of 10

Sandra XII also has SSE4 (Intel) and SSE4A (AMD) benchmark code-paths, which is great for those of you testing next-generation AMD & Intel chips.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
Results: The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor easily took the lead on WinRAR 3.71 by beating out the rest of the processors.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core2 QX9770 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

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PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

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Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

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CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

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Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

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Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core2 QX9770

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 QX9770
137,050 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9550
121,500 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9650
128,200 MB/s

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

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Cinebench R11.5

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Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

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Cinebench R10 32-Bit

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sysmark 2007 (overall)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core2 QX9770

Thanks to a higher 3,2GHz core clockspeed and a uniquely quick 1,600MHz bus frequency, it's clearly the fastest stock-clocked processor on the planet.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

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Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 offers a 1600MHz FSB and a 200MHz higher overall clock speed over the previous flagship processor from Intel.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
When it came to overclocking the Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 was marvelous.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
The 3.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition processor was just a single second behind the 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor, which goes to show MHz isn't everything!
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)


With 1.5Vcore on the processor, the system was able to top out at 4.51GHz with partial stability.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
The Intel QX9770 has a 3.2 GHz core frequency (an increase of 200MHz), a 12MB chunk of L2 cache, and was built on the 45nm process and features a new SSE4 instruction set.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
Processor Performance on Pov-Ray 3.7 Beta 23:The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer was developed from DKBTrace 2.12 (written by David K. Buck and Aaron A. Collins) by a bunch of people (called the POV-Team) in their spare time.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)


Benchmark Results: With the graphics settings moved down to low, the bulk of the strain is on the processor, which is what you want for a CPU benchmark.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
Sisoft Sandra XII benchmark utility just came out a couple months ago and we have started to include it in out benchmarking.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
Results: World in Conflict had a new patch come out a couple weeks ago and we were able to benchmark the latest patch (002) on the latest and greatest processors from both AMD and Intel to show you what performance will be like.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)


It just goes to show that Intel has spent a lot of time with Yorkfield making sure it is energy efficient and that the core doesn't leak.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
In fact, we will be testing the very three processors pictured above (Intel QX6950/QX9770, QX6850 and E6750) along with the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ to see how the new Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 processor does against other high-end offerings from AMD and Intel on Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
By showing off the Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 performance numbers early it means that many of the review sites will include these numbers to go along with the Phenom processor model 9900 (2.6GHz) as it too won't be out till next year.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)


On machines that have multiple CPUs or CPU cores, and also on those who simulate multiple CPUs (via HyperThreading or similar technolgies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
The Intel QX9770, with it's faster FSB and higher clock speeds, was able to shave another three seconds off the benchmark and is almost able to complete it in a minute flat.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)
Since 2K didn't include a benchmark script or utility in BIOSHOCK I used FRAPS version 2.9.2 to capture the frame rates for 240 seconds at scenes that I personally selected from the game.
by Legit Reviews (Nov, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 775
Is unlocked Yes


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE
  3. SSE2
  4. SSE4.1
  5. SSE3
  6. Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

TDP 136W
Annual home energy cost 32.76 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 119.14 $/year
Performance per watt 1.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 110.5W


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 12 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm
Transistor count 820,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 8
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V
Operating temperature Unknown - 55.5°C


Overclocked clock speed 4.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None


Architecture FSB
Clock speed 1,600 MHz
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