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Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 Presler Dual-Core 3.73 GHz LGA 775 BX80553965 Processor

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  • 1066 MHz FSB
  • 65nm Presler
  • 2 x 2MB L2 Cache

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PC enthusiasts today want exceptional performance for video and audio encoding/decoding, digital media creation and multi-threaded gaming applications. Intel designed the most technologically advanced processor, the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processor, for users who expect more from their PC. This advanced dual core processor features two cores each running at 3.73GHz with integrated 2MB L2 cache. The cutting edge 65nm manufacturing process significantly reduces power consumption and improves thermal performance while the 1066MHz FSB delivers exceptional system bandwidth to maximize efficiency.

Other features include Intel Hyper-Threading, Virtualization, and Extended Memory 64 Technology with Execute Disable Bit. Support for the Hyper-Threading Technology enables each processor core to function as two logical processors to ensure four-thread functionality. With this high horsepower processor, you can build a system with the performance and features to accomplish more and provides an outstanding computing experience today with the ability to grow with tomorrow's applications and operating systems.

  • newegg Dual-Core Processing with 2x2MB L2 Cache Intel dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processors have two complete processor cores in one physical package running at the same frequency. The cores share the same interface with chipset and memory, but each core has its own set of registers and cache for truly parallel computing. Each processor core has its own 2MB L2 Cache (4MB total) enabling improved overall system performance by allowing each core to have faster access to larger amounts of the most often used area.
  • newegg Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) Hyper-threading technology takes advantage of threaded applications allowing each processor core to function as two logical processors to provide increased system responsiveness in multi-tasking environment. Threading divides workloads into processes and software threads that can be independently scheduled and dispatched. * Support for the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology enables the Intel dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processor to function as four logical processors.
  • newegg Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) With Intel VT, one hardware platform functions as multiple "virtual" platforms. For business, Intel VT offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining worker productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions. In the home, Intel VT allows creating unique user environments for multiple family members using the same platform simultaneously.
  • newegg Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel EM64T) Intel EM64T provides an enhancement to Intel 32-bit architecture by enabling the desktop processor platform to access larger amounts of memory. With appropriate 64-bit supporting hardware and software, platforms based on an Intel processor supporting Intel EM64T can enable use of extended virtual and physical memory.
  • newegg Execute Disable Bit (EDB) Intel's Execute Disable Bit function can prevent certain classes of malicious "buffer overflow" attacks when combined with a supporting operating system. Execute Disable Bit allows the processor to classify areas in memory where application code can execute and where it cannot. When a malicious worm attempts to insert code in the buffer, the processor disables code execution, preventing damage or worm propagation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/22/2007 12:30:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood (Yet Over-Priced) For It's Time (Sort Of)

Pros: It's got one heck of a clock speed and combined with it's L2 cache and FSB, it's one heck of a Pentium D. Also, unlike parts of the Pentium D lineup, it supports Virtualization Technology. Plus it uses the 65 nm process which helps this to run more efficiently than a 90 nm process would; also runs at a decently stable pace (most of the time) because of this.

Cons: Runs hot...and I meant H-O-T! And the supplied fan and heatsink don't help to dissipate the heat this thing kicks out. Also, because it's always kicking out tons of heat, it doesn't always run so smoothly. Also, simply put, it's a beefy NetBurst processor, which in a way, doesn't make that much better than a high-end Pentium 4. Did I mention it's also over-priced?

Other Thoughts: For it's time, it was great, but it's greatness was short-lived simply because the Core-series processors pretty much killed anything this processor had going for it. Also, why buy this when the Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 or QX6700 cost less than this?

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  • Raina H.
  • 1/31/2007 10:43:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFAST!!!!

Pros: Super fast! works very well in my system!

Cons: I bought this processor just a couple weeks before the new line of dual and quad core processors came out...if you're going to spend the money, buy the quad core extreme. This processor runs HOT! Upgrade your cooling fan or use liquid cooling...standard fan does the job, just not very well

Other Thoughts: P4 EE, 8800GTX GPU, 1 Raptor X, 1 gig Crucial Ballistix, OEM Vista Ultimate x64 edition, ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe

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2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: High clock speed.

Cons: Highly inefficient, very hot out of date, overpriced!

Other Thoughts: Why would you get this over the Core 2 Extreme? Even the core 2 duo e6300 beats it in most benchmarks. If you got this before conroe came out you should have gotten the FX 60. Stubborn fan boys for both Intel and AMD willing to pay more and get less. Oh and to STEVENP this is not the second fastest cpu!

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  • Chris F.
  • 1/5/2007 8:27:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsOOBA DOOBA!!!

Pros: This a a rocket hidden in a pentium's body. Its real fast.

Cons: Needs extra crystals for proper functioning

Other Thoughts: Clean out your stuff. This will not hurt your pack.

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  • greta p.
  • 1/2/2007 12:53:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsfast 2nd fastest on the market

Pros: This thing is fast fast fast fast fast.

Cons: price and age

Other Thoughts: The 2nd fastest thing now if you know how to tweak it. Which many people dont

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  • Adam O.
  • 12/17/2006 9:58:37 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsPentium D EE

Pros: Multiplier unlocked. 65nm. 2x2mb cache. EM64T (despite what other reviewers have said).

Cons: Instructions per clock is no better than Pentium 4. Because of this, its clock speed doesn't help much, and anyone who tells you that it's clock speed makes it better than Athlon 64 or Core 2 (Conroe) is trolling. This can barely hold its own against an X2 3800+ for some applications. A Conroe E6300 performs far better for much less.

Other Thoughts: The hyperthreading, as far as I know, does not do much for this chip, though it does see a better performance gain than Core 2 when going from a 32 to a 64 bit environment. Even with that, it's performance is still mediocre compared to less expensive Core 2 and Athlon 64 X2 processors. If you are limited by say, your motherboard to only Pentium D, you might as well get a 925, it will overclock as high as any other Presler, and cost less than most of them. Get Core 2 if you can.

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  • Cagnazzo
  • 12/7/2006 12:30:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsErmm...

Pros: None, really...oh wait, I forgot, it has a clock speed of 3.73 GHz!

Cons: Horribly outdated, and even when it wasn't, it was still underwhelming next to the Axx procs. If you see the benchmarks on, you'll see that it loses to the sub-$xxx C2D E6300, which practically has half the clock speed of this, while running much cooler and more efficiently to boot. Oh, and it's almost $xxxx.

Other Thoughts: I really don't understand the zealous defense of this product, and why people are saying this is faster than the Core 2 Duos simply because of the higher clock speeds. That is simply untrue, because like some others have said, the C2D transmits far more data per cycle, and with shorter pipelines than the Pentium EE. Just get a C2D, because Netburst is all but dead!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2006 12:01:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsIts Not Worth It

Pros: The only thing about this processor is good but not really required is the 3.73GHz clock. But don't be fooled by this because all of your newest games will work on any processor overlocked to anything above 2.8GHz. So if you're into gaming the clock doesn't need to be above 3GHz.

Cons: This thing cost $xxx and this is a lot worst than the Core 2 Extreme X6800 I have in my other machine. On the Presler the L1 Cache is 24KB+32KB but on the Conroe its 32KB+32KB. The X6800 is $5 cheaper, the Presler doesn't have any of these technologies: SSE4 and EM64T. The L2 cache on the Conroe is 4MB sharing but on the presler its 2MBx2MB so you think its the same right. But its not, 2MBx2MB means 2MB per each core so the acces to your files is slower than on a 4MB sharing which means that the cores share the L2.

Other Thoughts: ASUS Striker Extreme Socket LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i mobo, 2GB DDR2800 Corsair memory, 3x 500GB WD Caviar, and a BFG GeForce 8800GTX video card.

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2 out of 5 eggsGo with a Core 2 Duo instead

Pros: Uhm? Can't think of any.

Cons: This is a Pentium 4 with a pretty name. Those who think otherwise obviously have no idea what there talking about and need to consult someone before buying computer parts.

Just because a processor has faster Ghz than another processor does not mean that its faster overall.

For example, say a Ferrari and a bus were both were to race, obviously the ferrari would win.

But say they each had to get 20 people to a location, the Ferrari(in this case the Extreme Edition) would have to make numerous trips, whereas the bus could carry 20 people in a simple load in 1 trip. What does this mean exactly? The Extreme Edition(Or the Ferrari) may be able to get somewhere faster, the Bus will be the one doing the work. Think of the people as data to be processed, if the Ferrari has to make numerous trips, its gonna be slower, but the bus can carry more data and get it done faster.

Other Thoughts: If you didn't understand my weird explanation on how to explain to people who don't understand processors, go to for some "Realworld" Benchmarks. They have every processor on the market benchmarked, and its quite the reliable site.

Otherwise, if you can't be reasoned with, go ahead and buy it, I'll just enjoy faster speeds with my Core 2 Duo E6700

8 out of 11 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

5 out of 5 eggsFAST FAST FAST

Pros: Ultra fast at everything I have tried and I use my computer for all sorts of stuff - games, video/photo work, writing code, office tasks, etc. Definitely not upgrading to Core 2 any time soon!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Newegg needs to redo their rating system so I give this 10 eggs!

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