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Choice between the QX6700 or the X6800

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Hi i have just bought all the parts for my new pc except the cpu,i am stuck at picking between the X6800 and the QX6700 quad core,where i live both cpu's are the same price,seen as how the QX6700 is 266mhz slower than the X6800,would i notest much less performance compared to the X6800

I originally planned on getting the X6800 because i wanted the fastest and most overclockable cpu to match my Asus P5W64 WS Pro motherboard,4 gigs of G.Skill HZ and a 8800GTX,but then the QX6700 came out and now i am not sure what one to get,i was thinking it would be better to go for the QX6700 because it would be more future proof as i keep systems for at least 3 years before i upgrade again,but i just can't help but feel that i would be buying a slower cpu if i got the QX6700

How does everyone els see the QX6700,does anyone that owns the X6800 actually see the QX6700 as an upgrade,would you upgrade from the X6800 to the QX6700.
post #2 of 27
the qx6700 is a quad core cpu where as the x6800 is dual core so the lower clock speed doesnt really matter i would go for the qx6700 and oc it to the sky but i think 4 gig of ram is a little eccessive unless your going for vista 64 bit as 32 bit os can only see a little over 3 gig
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How does everyone els see the QX6700,does anyone that owns the X6800 actually see the QX6700 as an upgrade,would you upgrade from the X6800 to the QX6700.
As an X6800 owner ill answer this question. The only way I would "upgrade" from my X6800 to a QX6700 would be if I could do an even trade, ie, x6800 for qx6700. IMHO the QX6700 will not be worth it (atleast, over the X6800) for atleast a year or two. I am 100% sure that when DX10 comes out my X6800 system will be able to play games as competently as I need.
post #4 of 27
I'm gonna tell you what I've been telling everyone with this question. At one point a lot have said "Why do you need dual core? Nothing supports it!"... it's kinda the same with quads now. The greatest challenge for the programmers is to make a single threaded app to be dual-threaded; now they'll just do that again and now it should be faster since they've already done it one time.

Now if I had an x6800 I wouldn't upgrade to a qx6700, but hey, if you have none I think the quad is the best.
One last thing, you can always OC the quad to x6800 speeds, but you can't another 2 cores to the x6800 to make it a quad, do you?
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programmers dont make games dual core enabled or quad core they will make them multi core enabled so the more cores you have the bettter
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programmers dont make games dual core enabled or quad core they will make them multi core enabled so the more cores you have the bettter
True, true... why bother making it dual core when you can make it multicore and avoid rewriting the code each time a new CPU comes along?
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post #7 of 27
If both are the same price, the QX6700 Is going to be the better choice.

Make sure to post up some benchies when you get it!
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post #8 of 27
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Thanks Bitemarks and bloodstains yeah this machine is deffently for windows vista so i got 4 gigs after hearing vista will be a ram hog,with the QX6700 i was a bit worried that it wouldn't overclock very good since it runs at 130 watts and gets hotter than the X6800,what sought of stable overclock would you think i could expect from the QX6700 using air,since i am going to use the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX as the cpu cooler,if i got the X6800 i was hoping to be able to overclock it to around 3600mhz on air,but i have my doubts that the QX6700 would go that high using the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX.
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I'm gonna tell you what I've been telling everyone with this question. At one point a lot have said "Why do you need dual core? Nothing supports it!"... it's kinda the same with quads now. The greatest challenge for the programmers is to make a single threaded app to be dual-threaded; now they'll just do that again and now it should be faster since they've already done it one time.

Now if I had an x6800 I wouldn't upgrade to a qx6700, but hey, if you have none I think the quad is the best.
One last thing, you can always OC the quad to x6800 speeds, but you can't another 2 cores to the x6800 to make it a quad, do you?
Thanks dragosmpi guess your right,apps might not support the QX6700 now but sooner or later they will,and then it will seem worth having the QX6700,your right about overclocking the QX6700 to the X6800 the only thing is i hope i can get a bit more than 2.93Ghz.

If i got the X6800 i was hoping to overclock that to around 3.6Ghz,i just hope the QX6700 doesn't start overheating if i try to go more than X6800 speeds,i guess i would be happy if i could get the QX6700 stable at 3400mhz and not get to hot using air.
post #10 of 27
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If both are the same price, the QX6700 Is going to be the better choice.

Make sure to post up some benchies when you get it!
Yeah i think the QX6700 is looking like the better choice for me,yeah i will get some benchies once i get it all built,i got to figure out how to overclock it all first as i have never done overclocking before.

From what i gather do i just raise the unlocked multiplier up a notch and then up the fsb a bit,or do i also have to raise the volts aswell,one other thing someone told me that having 4 gigs of ram will hold you back a bit with not being able to overclocking as good,is that true.
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