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Cant go wrong either way like I said the whole family is great but the e6600 getting better benchmarks at the same OC.
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Originally Posted by Sdumper
Look unless your after SuperPi records dont bother...stick with the e6300/e6400. You will be so blazing fast your head will spin and the difference between the chips is strictly bragging rights.

And yes I do own an e6400 too and think very highly of it!

Totally man , they're both great! He seems most concerned with gaming, and like I said it's the vid card that will matter there, by far the most. Either of these cpu's are so far and above previous cpu's, it's almost sickening ...and I love it. Neither one will hold you back for gaming dude, or anything else. I don't really agree with the strictly bragging rights thing though, even if it's a small margin the 6600 is faster for some things, even if just a little.

I haven't done time comparisons between my 6400 and 6600 as far as video encoding (or something else that likes cache) though yet, but from what I read the conroe will do it faster, and I believe it. Maybe not a huge margin, but enough to matter IMO, what is it, like 5-10% faster supposedly? In computer world, to me anyway 10%, or even 5% better performance is a significant margin. I think it depends on what you do, to determine if 6600 is a better cpu for you. Some may not care about the 6600 cache, some do.

I still personally think 4mb cache will be more helpful in the not-so-distant future, but I'm not saying an allendale will be any kind of slouch anytime soon. So there are things conroe is faster for, even if some of you don't do them. Whether the margin is enough to warrant the extra cost, is completely a personal choice. To me, wholeheartedly yes, if all you do though is game, the 6400 will kick butt. It's like that movie Office Space, where they take the rounded pennies from all the accounts, to pile into their own account, you remember that?? . For the things I do, the conroe will save me minute or two here, second there, and over time yes it adds up to alot, and completely worth the extra. People who say the 6400 is just as good, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
    
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Good points...all around.
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