In an attempt to somewhat smother the Phenom's launch exposure, Intel has rather rudely sent out the first QX9770 samples. Like the QX9650, the QX9770 is a 45nm Yorkfield-based part that operates at 3.2Ghz. In the many previews posted (kudos to OCAU for gathering the links), the QX9770 performs as it should, outperforming the 3.0GHz QX9650. In comparison to AMD, the 3.0GHz FX-74 is generally the chip's main concern at this point...

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