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Today Intel unveils their latest to the world. We look over some of the key features and technology and share our opinions.

First up is the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955. We personally think the name may be a bit confusing for some people as they have a chipset which shares the same number.

The Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 is a dual core processor clocked at 3.46GHz built on the 65nm fab process. This is a small 260MHz bump from their Extreme Edition 840 that can be attributed to the bump in FSB. Previous dual core CPUs ran at 800FSB, but the newest is now riding a 1066FSB, erm, bus. So, while the small clock speed increase may not seem like much, the faster FSB should yield an improvement, especially in memory intensive applications.

The L2 caches is made up of 2MB per core, bringing a total of 4MB to the CPU. This is essentially a doubling of the cache introduced with the EE 840 and should positively affect business application performance.
Source- ViperLair

More reviews can be found below:

Part 1: Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 955@ LegitReviews
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 & 975X Express Chipset: 65nm is Here@ HotHardware
Intel intros Extreme Edition 955 CPU, 975X chipset@ Tech-Report
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 @ Nordic Hardware
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Processor @ Hexus
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 and 975X Chipset Review@ PC Perspective
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955@ Bit-Tech
Pressler: Intel Extreme Edition 955 - Prescott’s last hurrah@ Sudhian
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post #2 of 35
Looks like Intel might have a chance this time.
Not bad at all...
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post #3 of 35
Nice report! Intel might have a chance with their new technology.
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with this 975X chipset and such..im wondering if i really should get a 945P or just get a 955X


Good job intel. I"m gunna pick up a 920 in march.
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Damn, that's sweet, I'm getting one of those + one of those mobo's
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It's nothing more than a 65nm version of the Pentium D...two cores still sharing one mem controller and still using NetBurst architecture. Conroe and Merom is where Intel is going to shine.
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I know, but they're expected Q3 2006, so I might as well get this combo in the meantime
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i dont care what anyone says, but this is a dam nice piece of machinary. everything in the 9 series is inlcuding 920.
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Damn! 4.1GHz on stock voltage and all the way up to 4.7GHz on stock cooling! I gotta get one lol!
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Woooooow! And these are just the earlier models. I'm sure the newer ones will clock a LOT higher. No longer a fanboy at all, I'm just spectating now. Awaiting results and then pouncing on whichever is most powerful/cheapest. Nice post
    
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