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post #1 of 3 Old 04-23-2008, 10:42 AM - Thread Starter
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So I am currently "chipless". I am debating between the following 3 chips:

Q6700: 10x multi, GO stepping, sub $300 price point. I've played with a couple of these in the past and know I can expect 3.7 - 3.8 orthos stable on air.

Q9550: 8.5x multi, 45nm, sub $600 price point. Not much info available on this chip. My assumption being that I can do minimum of 450 with this chip )altough much higher with a quad is challenging) will only net me 3.8.

QX9650: 9x multi, 45nm, $1000 price point. Here is a tough choice. I know from Ratt and nuclearjock that this chip will do 4 ghz (hopefully on air) but is it worth the premium?

I recently owned a Q6600 GO and an E8400 but have decided to go back to quad.

Assuming I go with the QX9650, that will be my only upgrade.

If I go with the Q6700 or Q9550 I will likely also pick up one of the new western digital velociraptor's.

I'm also itching for a new case as well and am quite tempted by the antec 1200.

So the question is do I pull the trigger on a $1000 chip? I've owned an intel X6800 and an AMD FX-57 in the past so I don't get sticker shock but I am undecided if spending an extra $400-$700 is worth an extra couple of hundred mhz.


Also, with respect to the QX9650, can I hit 4 ghz orthos stable for 24/7 use on air? I have no interest in water cooling so this would also be a deciding factor.

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spend the extra cash on an aftermarket cooler. Get the cheaper chip and then buy w.e u want with what you saved.

If you are overclocking you dont have to worry.

I just built a cheapo rig for my dad using an e2180. It plays everything fine.

There is no big difference between a 3.6 and 4ghz at this point.

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Well, I do have aftermarket cooling. My lapped true works quite nicely. Also from a benching perspective, 3.6 to 4 ghz provides a pretty steep increase in numbers, especially with SLI.

I might have to clarify further though and state that I'm looking for 24/7 performance. For instance, the Q6700 will do 3.8 on air but running it full time will net quite high temps (just below thermal ceiling). I would expect the Q9550 to be able to run at 3.8 at much better temps due to the 45nm core as would the QX.

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