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Still, sounds like you are doing fine... can't have everything instantly all the time... sigh... unless you win the lottery...

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If you can get a Q6600 thats a GO, I would say the Q6600. It can outperform the 955 at some tasks still at stock. If youre looking for CPU encoding and stuff the Q6600 is the way to go. My friend has a Q6600 GO at 3.3ghz and I have a 955 at 3.8ghz and he stays pretty much neck and neck on most benchmarks.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=88
Edited by Bryst - 12/16/11 at 10:51am
post #13 of 20
If you OC the q6600 to the same speed as the 955 it should be faster

But 3.2 - 3.6 is the max for a q6600, I'm not sure what the 955 ocs to
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post

Well, for 775 mobo i planned to buy an used EP45-UD3P, or P5Q, as i know i'd have a hard time finding a new one (and the price would not be worthy of such an old socket)
Also, considering i have a x2 555 which fully unlocks at stock voltages, i have the hope of clocking it to at least 3.5 GHz. So it's only a matter of buying a good mobo.
Sadly, i can't have two secondary machines at once (yet biggrin.gif) so i have to pick.

I just bought a EVGA 780i SLI FTW for about 85 on here with a Tuniq tower about 2 weeks ago. You should be able to find a pretty decent overclocking board for a good price.
post #15 of 20
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If you OC the q6600 to the same speed as the 955 it should be faster
But 3.2 - 3.6 is the max for a q6600, I'm not sure what the 955 ocs to

With a good g0 chip, I've seen alot of Q6600s go to 3.8ghz. My 955 doesn't seem to like anything over 3.8ghz though I know alot of them go to 4ghz.
post #16 of 20
Phenom II x4 955 no question.
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If you can get a Q6600 thats a GO, I would say the Q6600. It can outperform the 955 at some tasks still at stock. If youre looking for CPU encoding and stuff the Q6600 is the way to go. My friend has a Q6600 GO at 3.3ghz and I have a 955 at 3.8ghz and he stays pretty much neck and neck on most benchmarks.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=88


It's a 65nm vs. 45nm comparison... plus the cost and power come into play... (according to specs online I saw.)

Here is a small comparison....

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/charts/index.php?pid=73,76&tid=12

Keep in mind heat can start to skyrocket on overclocks much higher than 10% and that is another thing to keep in mind.

I would much rather have a cooler/faster 955BE any day... and in the same AM3 socket, you can put a 1090T (or other 6 core) if the Mobo can handle it. And 6 core will smoke Intel in many BOINC tasks... and faster 4 cores do also.

Agree Intel tends to overclock higher and such, but bottom line is price/performance, the Q6600 can't compete if we are talking NEW. USED is still problematic because the Q6600 would really have to be overclocked 25% to come close to the 955BE stock in BOINC applications and would still probably be behind... It's older Intel tech vs. newer AMD and it's just a real pain to compare them fairly...

So, one can have old tech with little resale value or new tech with perhaps slightly better value... Socket 775 is nearly gone, but a common standard for now... If "I" wanted to get a new Mobo, I would get something newer, something more modern that ran faster with less power for BOINC work.

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PS: Fact is, both are good CPU's for what they are. But, for a dedicated BOINC machine, I think newer tech would do you better... especially if you could/would upgrade to a 6 core later. Total price and New vs. Used may be the main concern... in that case, either would be fine and I think either would make you happy.
Edited by Tex1954 - 12/16/11 at 11:33am
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955BE will outperform the q6600 I think... plus it uses more modern DDR3 (not sure of Q6600) and passmarks 1000 points higher too.
I have one, it runs great for the price!
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the Q6600 doesn't have integrated memory controller, so it supports whatever the motherboard supports... so it can work with DDR1, DDR2 and DDR3...
as for passmark scores, this is far from telling the whole story, and the Q6600 comes by default at only 2400MHz, but it overclocks quite well, it's really a waste to use it without OC.
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Emulation is but one thing that wasn't mentioned in the OP though, and a Core 2 Quad Q6600 is no Core 2 Quad Q9550 either. I'd rather have an equivalent 45nm Core 2 Quad over a Phenom II any day myself, but given we're talking about the old and low clocked Core 2 Quad Q6600 versus a Phenom II that will come clocked higher and likely be cheaper (or no more expensive), then I'd actually go with the Phenom II in this case.

the performance difference for a 45nm C2Q is really small in many cases, I know that PCSX2 can use SSE4.1 (which the q6600 don't support while the 45nm intel quad core CPUs do), but... also the low clock of the q6600 is far from a problem, just set the FSB to 333 and you have a 3GHz CPU, normally you don't need to increase the voltage to work stable at 3ghz....

as for which is better, I would say the PII X4 hold an advantage in terms of motherboard availability, also the 955 should overclock further, in terms of performance it's... close (at the same clock)... it depends on what you are using, the q6600 CAN be faster in some things... but I think the Phenom is a better choice,

use this test as a reference, the qx6850 is exactly the same as a q6600 at 3ghz.
http://www.hardware.fr/articles/778-4/mingw-gcc.html
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Good real info!!! I would certainly like to see some more Q6600 data in the spreadsheet... BOINC tasks (unfortunately) don't seem to conform to any general synthetic benchmark... so real world data is best to compare...

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