Quote: Originally Posted by imeem
Is the QX9770 and QX9650 as fast as or faster than some i7 processor?
At stock clocks, on certain tasks they may come close, or even beat the lower end i7's, but on the whole they are not faster.
The X are the 'extreme' versions which means they have an unlocked multipliers. 'Normal' chips are limited to certain multiplier levels.
The 965/975 also have some other higher stock speeds ie. 4.5GT/S of the 920-950 vs 6.4GT/s of the 965/975.
Yet the 980-x is still the superior chip for a cheaper price.
Basically any intel chip with an X for extreme in the title rarely sees a price drop in it's lifetime unless it's superseded (like the 965<975).
Even then, the superseded chips still retain a high price.