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I got a q6600 for free and I'm wondering if it is better than my e8400. my dual core is at 4.2ghz. i don't know what stepping the quad is but i hope its a decent clocker. I play world of warcraft and I'm thinking about getting bf3 soon so i want the best performance i can get out of either of these processors
    
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What numbers/letters are on the chip?



If it says SLACR it's a good start. It's been a long time since I had mine but if you get it installed and run CPU-Z you are hoping for a G0 stepping.

Even then your dual core is likely to be better for gaming because of high clock speed - you were lucky to get a 6600 to 4ghz.


Good CPU to chuck in a 775 board for a server though.
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the q66 is the better chip, most games will love its extra cores more than the speed of the e84 mate, bf3 and wow love the cores smile.gif

give it about 1.45v and clock it to 3.6ghz and you will be laughing thumb.gif
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I believe it had SLACR on the chip. I can check later.

I was thinking the additional cores would be more useful these days. i hope it a good clocker too

any other input?
    
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The extra cache and cores will outweigh the difference in clock speed IMO. The e8400 wil no doubt run higher speed, but BF3, Planetside 2 and many more upcoming games will love extra threads.

Get a good cooler and clock it as high as safely possible, and enjoy the extra frames. The chip is free so it's a win win situation.

I'm currently on the hunt for a C2Q for my C2D PC. They are still great chips even all these years later.
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I was thinking of getting a q9xxx to hold me till haswell but this q6600 dell into my lap. just wondering if its worth the time to swap the processors. i think ill do some benches with my games and swap and bench again.

thanks everyone. more replies welcome!
    
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I was thinking of getting a q9xxx to hold me till haswell but this q6600 dell into my lap. just wondering if its worth the time to swap the processors. i think ill do some benches with my games and swap and bench again.
thanks everyone. more replies welcome!

Please do bud, post 'em up afterwards smile.gif
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I was thinking of getting a q9xxx to hold me till haswell but this q6600 dell into my lap. just wondering if its worth the time to swap the processors. i think ill do some benches with my games and swap and bench again.
thanks everyone. more replies welcome!
Worth your time? A whole 15 minutes, tops?
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Its not such a time issue that i got some TIM off a friend and don't have to go to fry's to get more.

any suggestions on benches i should run? and how to measure. i was gonna bench with fraps on some of the hands i play but i need some synthetics for more reliable results for single and multi threaded programs
    
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I need some free download bench marks to run. any suggestions? ill Google around
    
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