Intel Core 2 X680 review

  • £600

Decent performance, disappointing price

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Our Verdict

Any strengths this processor offers are buried under its exorbitant price tag


  • Unlocked CPU multiplier


  • It costs far too much

Six months ago, Intel blew our socks off with its new Core 2 Duo processors. So what is the standard bearer of the range doing languishing near the bottom of the table? The answer is simple and it has to do with that old chestnut, value.

At standard clockspeeds the X6800 looks pretty clever. But unlike high-end graphics cards, say, which have extra units, the performance advantage this CPU boasts is a mirage.

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Tech Specs

Manufacturing process65nm
Thermal design power65
Databus speed1066
Core voltage1.35
Installed cache memory4
Processor socketLGA 775 socket
Clock speed2.93