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What is the difference between a Q6600 and a QX6700?

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Id like to know the difference, considering the QX6700 is way more expensive. (Also the X6800)
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QX6700 and QX6800 both have unlocked multipliers. Those two processors are not worth the money unless you use water, phase, or any other type of cooling excluding air. Overclocking the Q6600, QX6700, and QX6800 with air should all yield similar results.
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In my mind, the only difference is the price tag.

What application are you going to run that will take advantage of that tiny little boost that's given by the Xtreme version?

4 cores running at 2.4 Ghz is more then enough.
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...you can easily hit 9x333 on a Q6600 on air. Plus, there aren't a whole lot of applications that actually use all 4 cores.
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I've been wondering lately if a quad core is actually worth it, if games don't utilize more than two cores.... Wouldn't the extra two cores just provide more heat, thus impeding overclocks?

I think if you're the type of enthusiast who upgrades every half a year or something like that, you might just want to stick with a nice C2D. Tankguys has good steppings of the E6600 available.
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...it's not a total waste. There are a few apps out there that do take full advantage of 4 cores: x264.exe comes to mind.
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Does a few apps really justify buying a $500+ processor? ($1000+ for those who bought one in q1) imo, I wouldn't go near a quad core processor until the next price drop from intel.
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I've been wondering lately if a quad core is actually worth it, if games don't utilize more than two cores.... Wouldn't the extra two cores just provide more heat, thus impeding overclocks?

I think if you're the type of enthusiast who upgrades every half a year or something like that, you might just want to stick with a nice C2D. Tankguys has good steppings of the E6600 available.
At this moment, it is not really worth it unless you do a lot of video editing. When Crysis, Alan Wake, and other DX10 games come out, it will be worth it. I heard that Alan Wake cannot have all of its settings 100% maxed out without the use of a Quad Core.
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As far as 100% settings maxxed out goes.. think about that for a moment. Will there REALLY Be an appreciable difference in the quality vs a lower setting?

If I need to use a microscope to see the extra added quality, I'm not interested.
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It will be sometime before it becomes compulsory to need a Quad Core in games. Yes, Alan Wake and Crysis will use 4 cores if you have them....but imo i can't see Quad Core being needed for a FPS title....Alan Wake is a different kettle of fish altogether.

I'm sticking with my Duo until it becomes a necessity to have a Quad.
 
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