Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition
Fastest high-end desktop CPU; supporting motherboard supports both graphics card vendors' multicard technologies.
Requires an expensive new motherboard; chipset needs three memory sticks for maximum efficiency.
Thanks to an expensive new motherboard requirement, Intel's new Core i7 desktop processors will remain enthusiast and professional-level parts until more affordable complementary hardware comes out later next year. Speed never comes cheap, however, and if you're willing to spend for it now, you'll find yourself in possession of the fastest CPU on the market.
03-Nov-2008 09:06 AM PST