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A "Budget" Review of the new G0 stepping.

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FCG did a review of the E6550, which is the new budget CPU based on the 1333Mhz FSB and the G0 stepping. Although I like the idea of a budget review, the components he used were all top notch (not budget). I suggested to him that he redo the review with a GA-P35-DS3R, DDR2-800 HZ's, and a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. We will see how that turns out.

The entire review can be read here. I am going to highlight the special stuff.

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NOTE: All voltages shown below are the minimum required for complete stability. No doubt the processor could manage to POST and load Windows to the desktop with less voltage than the levels documented below.
Thanks to FCG for a preview at a special new processor.
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Impressive clocks, but load temps at 1.36v are not impressive at all or at least not with the 120 Extreme.

What were ambients?
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Originally Posted by TheLegend View Post
Impressive clocks, but load temps at 1.36v are not impressive at all or at least not with the 120 Extreme.

What were ambients?
Not impressive? It's 3.8Ghz @ 54C load on air!!
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No, this test is watercooled.
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Good find, but what you said about the lack of budget for the budget build is a very good point.

On the large scope of things, the E6550 itself isn't really a budget build C2D. the E6400 or lower would be.
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Nice budget. A brand new water-cooled Conroe, 2GB of OCZ Ram, and X1900 CF on a Gigabyte Motherboard.

Budget =

Gigabyte S3, 2x1GB of G. Skill DDR2-800 HZs, and an E6550

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Originally Posted by liermam View Post
Good find, but what you said about the lack of budget for the budget build is a very good point.

On the large scope of things, the E6550 itself isn't really a budget build C2D. the E6400 or lower would be.
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Originally Posted by Ninja_Boy View Post
Nice budget. A brand new water-cooled Conroe, 2GB of OCZ Ram, and X1900 CF on a Gigabyte Motherboard.

Budget =

Gigabyte S3, 2x1GB of G. Skill DDR2-800 HZs, and an E6550

NiNja
I contacted Kris and told him that. He agreed 100% with me:

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Originally Posted by Paul
I really like the review of the E6550...

But...

Why do a budget review with perhaps the most expensive P35 board, expensive memory, CrossFire video cards, water-cooling, and expensive hard drives.

Now I know that most of these components didn't effect the scope of the review (HDDs / Video cards). But the motherboard / memory / cooling do. Who is going to buy a $163 processor and surround it with high end components (~$230 for the DQ6 / ~$224 for the memory) and nice watercooling?

Perhaps you could do a truly budget review that uses the GA-P35-DS3R, E6550, and 2GB of G.Skill HZ DDR2-800 (~$105-$110) and a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme cooler. These are components that would be purchased in a real enthusiast budget system.

Just a thought.

P.S. - Will the quad core processors get the G0 stepping?
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Originally Posted by Kris a.k.a "FCG"
Hi Paul,

All GREAT points...the reason it was reviewed with the components selected was that I simply placed the CPU in my everyday system.

I would, in fact, like to review as you have described...look for this in the future.

And yes, the quad cores will be G0. One of my upcoming reviews will be a Q6600 G0 stepping that kicks the snot out of B3 stepping QX6700 and QX6800 chips.

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Good to hear.
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