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post #41 of 57
i love my 3600+, i think it should be the number one on that list as it is a great performer when overclocked and its the best bang for the buck, its a steal at $60
post #42 of 57
I just bought my E6600 Retail for $223. At that price, it is clearly number one on this list. It OC's like a champ and when it IS OC'd it competes and in some tests even beats the quad cores. Simply an amazing processor!

In the past 5 years I've gone from an Intel guy to an AMD guy and now I'm back in the Intel camp.
    
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This is bang for buck we are talking about though. You can pick up an E4300 $117 and at their max overclock they offer between 80-90% of an E6600's overclocked performance so clearly they have a higher bang for buck ratio.
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Not when you consider the E6600 when OC'd competes with quad cores running over $700! Now that's BANG for the buck!
    
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And the question really should be - "If you're building a system TODAY, what is the processor with the best bang for the buck?" In that case, I really think the E6600 is the only sensible choice. It is the one most likely to still be viable 2 or 3 years from now.
    
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post #46 of 57
You are missing the point of what I was saying 80% of the performance for 1/2 the price means by definition that it has better performance per dollar. The E6600 is a stellar performer no doubt but there are processors that are very nearly as good for much less cash.
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Actually, I get your point, I guess I just disagree with your reasoning. 80% of the performance of this processor NOT overclocked yes, but most of us here are overclocking our rigs. And the 3600 can't touch an overclocked E6600 with a ten foot multiplier. The 3600 is a 2.0 processor with only 128kb L1 cache and 256KB L2 cache. It's also based on the 90NM architecture so it runs hot and sucks more power. The one thing it has going for it is the 10 multiplier. The E6600 has 4MB L1 cache. That makes a huge difference in real world applications, especially multi-threaded ones which virtually everything is moving to. More than 4 times the cache is nothing to scoff at.

Check out this review from PCStats of the E6600. They compare it (stock AND overclocked) to several processors, including the 3600. In almost every test, the E6600 is twice as powerful or more than the 3600. That's not 80% of the performance, that's 50%. When you overclock the E6600 the gap widens to an abyss.

This is also a very good story for anyone buying a processor right now who is considering AMD vs Core Two Duo's and Quads. C2D's offer the best performance to dollar value, which I think we all know.
    
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post #48 of 57
You have to take into consideration, though, the idea of "processor for the money" and what it means to different people. For me, when I say "best processor for the money", I mean a budget option. Something that costs little and performs big. For my build, I couldn't fit an E4300 let alone an E6600 into my budget.

E6600 gives you the best bang for a mid-high budget build. The 3600+ gives you the best bang for a low budget build, and that's why I went with that. In the end, I don't care about going over 3GHz. I care that I stayed within my budget to build something that performs well.

Here's something else to think about. The E6600 may perform TWICE as well as the 3600+ in overclocking situations. But the E6600 also costs nearly 5 times more than the 3600+. Not only that, but to get decent overclocking options, you have to shell out twice the money for an Intel mobo as you do for an AMD mobo. If you have $500 to spend on a processor/mobo combination, then sure, the E6600 is your best bang for buck. But if you want to spend less than half of that and have a great option, the 3600+ is definitely your best bang for buck.
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Actually, I get your point, I guess I just disagree with your reasoning. 80% of the performance of this processor NOT overclocked yes, but most of us here are overclocking our rigs. And the 3600 can't touch an overclocked E6600 with a ten foot multiplier.
So where did I mention the 3600+ in my discussion? I was talking about the E4300. It is a much more powerful processor than the 3600 especially when overclocked.
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What happened to the E2140?

My opinion:

1. X2 3600+ $64 (1.9Ghz 2000Mhz 2 x 512MB L2) (best deal)
2. E2140 $81 (1.6Ghz 800Mhz FSB 1MB L2) (good overclocker)
3. E4300 $117 (1.8Ghz 800Mhz FSB 2MB L2) (best overclocker)
4. E6320 $166 (1.86Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 4MB L2) (best performer)
5. X2 5000+ $160 (2.6Ghz 2000Mhz 2 x 512MB L2) (best stock)

I can see anyone putting the X2 5600+, E6600, or Q6600 in a "best bang for the buck" rig. That is traditionally a budget system.
I'd say you're right, but some serious FSB wall problems have been noted with the 2140, and for 10$ more you can get the 2160 where these problems are gone.

But i've gotten the chance to read through the whole article, and its just crap.

Even though i don't really like synthetic benchmarks, they should just run something like 3Dmark06 on all the CPU's overclocked on stock air to their max, then take their score and divide it by their price. What wins? Probably the E2160 followed closely by the 3600, although i really don't know for sure.

Either way, this doesn't affect me nor anyone else here. If you've already built your rig its too late to change, and if you haven't, well you've got next month and G0 stepping and price cuts to be excited about. Then i'd like to see a proper performance/price review made.
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