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I like my gamer PC to be as silent as possible. I'm thinking about getting a Core I5-6600T. But this processor is never ever mentioned in any relation to gaming. I'm wondering why's that. It certainly has enough power while its TDP is 30W less - so CPU fan can maybe even stopped.

6600 - 65W TPD - 7540 Passmark CPU Benchamark points - £170
6600T - 35W TDP - 6921 Passmark CPU Benchamark points - £200
6600T is not a lot weaker and not a lot more expensive than 6600 while its TDP is almost just half of that of 6600.

So, is there any reason why an I5-6600T is not a good idea for gaming? (I know that Passmark points is not everything, there are probably lots of other factors too.) Or is it good for gaming, and it is just that gamers usually want the highest possible performance for the cheapest possible money?
    
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Anybody? :-)
    
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Seems okay if you're looking for a low-wattage silent system. I know guys who game with dual-core Celerons that don't have much trouble keeping up so I wouldn't worry about the 6600T being too weak.
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Seems okay if you're looking for a low-wattage silent system. I know guys who game with dual-core Celerons that don't have much trouble keeping up so I wouldn't worry about the 6600T being too weak.

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You could get a higher clocked cpu and a better hsf with low noise fans or passive cooling
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A stock i5 won't need a super cooler to be quiet and 65w for the 6600 is still pretty low when you think about it. A cheapo Deepcool cooler will keep it silent and in the 40s-50s when gaming. How loud is your GPU?
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post #7 of 11
There's some fanless heatsinks if you want it completely silent.
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A stock i5 won't need a super cooler to be quiet and 65w for the 6600 is still pretty low when you think about it. A cheapo Deepcool cooler will keep it silent and in the 40s-50s when gaming. How loud is your GPU?

My video card is very silent. And the PSU is a semi-passive one. The loudest at the moment is the CPU cooler fan.
    
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post #9 of 11
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There's some fanless heatsinks if you want it completely silent.

Yes, but then you need a truly huge case. Plus a huge and heavy cooler might not be a good idea for a Skylake processor. There were articles stating that some coolers actually bent the Skylake processors.
    
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post #10 of 11
Simply put, when it comes to gaming, the price to performance ratio is bad compared to other more easily available models. People usually don't go out of their way to spend more and get less, thus it doesn't shop up on the average gamer's radar.

That said, if you are personally willing to sacrifice a little in that department to have lower power usage (and indirectly, less noise), then the 6600T is a perfectly acceptable choice. It will also have the benefit of putting less stress on you motherboard, so it is likely to last longer if you intend on keeping this system running for many years.

It is a niche product, and thus has a niche market, but if you are that niche, there's no reason to avoid it.
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