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post #11 of 36
Since no one has said it yet....
A sandy will give you a pretty hefty FPS boost in CPU intensive games; and I don't mean 10 more frames per second.

ts:dr

A sandy will rape a Q9650.

*Keep it until BD or Ivy as it's good enough for now.
post #12 of 36
Sure is.


too bad the price to performance isn't worth it now and selection of motherboards/ram.
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by t00sl0w View Post
yeah, still a very capable chip dude, a little overpriced but since you already own it yuo dont have to worry about that.

i would wait until ivy comes out to decide on upgrading
Not me, I'd sell it while the market was still high for it and move to a faster platform for free. There's no way the Q9550 is worth $180 to $200, but that's what it sells for.
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Capable? Most of the time.
Anywhere near the performance of modern chips? Hah.
Very much capable especially in games..

Here are two SS in Crysis 2 ,Q9550 @ 3.9GHz + GTX480 @ 850/1025MHz and 2500K @ 4.5GHz + GTX570 @ 850/1000MHz..

There's no FSB boost with 2500K as both rigs max out GPU's @ 99%..

NOTE: Bothe tests have been done @ 1280 x 1024 to make it CPU intensive..


Q9550: Avg= 97 FPS






2500K: (courtesy of turrican9) Avg= 97 FPS






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I had a Q9550 and I'm still kicking myself for having sold it instead of keeping it till now.

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You can fetch a pretty penny for them. Note that this link is just absurd, but it does give you an idea of how stupidly overpriced the Core2Quad line is.

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post #17 of 36
I have a Q9550 (E0 stepping) oc'ed at 3.6GHz and I seriously don't know if I "NEED" more juice. My friend has the 2500k, and yes, it's a pretty amazing chip but do I "need" it? I don't think so.

And it is awesome how I got my Q9550: I had a pentium D, traded it + 50$ for a E8200, then traded the E8200 + 50$ for the Q9550 (E0 stepping).
Edited by HopeUTKN - 8/5/11 at 12:17pm
post #18 of 36
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Very much capable especially in games..

Here are two SS in Crysis 2 ,Q9550 @ 3.9GHz + GTX480 @ 850/1025MHz and 2500K @ 4.5GHz + GTX570 @ 850/1000MHz..

There's no FSB boost with 2500K as both rigs max out GPU's @ 99%..

NOTE: Bothe tests have been done @ 1280 x 1024 to make it CPU intensive..






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DAM! now you are making me want three 480's lol my lanrig/secondary PC is still running GTX260's very well I mite add, but as most of us I WANT MORE lol
post #19 of 36
The Q9650 is still an awesome cpu, with more than enough power to do any task today. Sure the 2500K is faster, but thats not the point here, the OP already has his Q9650 @4GHz, and it would be senseless to sell a quad cpu, just to buy another quad cpu. For real world/everyday use, the Q9650 is great. Just stick a good GPU in it, and it's a great gaming rig.

A friend of mine has been using a Q9650 for years, and has 2-GTX460's in SLI, and can play any game he wants to, on all high settings.
He's not a benchmark nut, so he doesn't care how much faster the 2500K performs in benchmarks.
It runs cool, OC's easy, so I don't see any reason to spend money for a new board, new cpu, and new memory, just to play games, and your every day stuff.
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post #20 of 36
Better keep it. It is a strong processor. Even at stock speed. Long live QX9650!
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