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Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz VS. Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe 2.93GHz

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Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe 2.93GHz VS. Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz

I know that the Extreme is suppose to be so much more amazing the other but the specs and reviews are the exact same except for the the Extreme puts off so much more heat and is almost $800 more!!! I am wanting to build me a new computer and i want optimal performance but i dont wanna waste my money so before i buy either of the two i wanna know what i would be getting for that extra 800 or what i would be missing out on if i go with the cheaper one. The links for them on New egger are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115028
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115001

Thank you very much
post #2 of 18
The E6850 is by far the better deal. For a little more consider the Q6600.

Edit: You won't be missing out on anything...the X6800 has unlocked multiplier but that's not worth it.
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well i think i am sold on the Q6600 but how much more of an advantage is it to have those 2 extra cores over having more GHz? i was told that Quad core wont be utilized by much of anything in real world applications except for server purposes so a higher processor speed would be more efficiant. I am mostly into gaming if that helps answer any questions.
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the Quad core is really benificial for folding which is a large deal here @ OCN, and you can easily get a Q6600 2 run @ 3Ghz stably...so yeah the dual cores will help you run faster when ur um...surfin the net...playin games...etc but the Quad will prep you for future gen games, such as supremem commander, which uses all the cores...
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post #5 of 18
Supreme Commander uses all cores as well as all the upcoming games will utilize them as well.
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The only advantage the X6800 has over the E6850 (and its a small one) is the higher (and unlocked multi). There is a definite FSB wall on the new GO processors. Given that the E6850 only has a 9x multi, in order to get highest overclocks you will need to do high FSB as well. Considering that we have seen close to 4 ghz with the E6850 though, I wouldn't worry too much unless you get into phase cooling.

I'm personally upgrading to the quad QX6850 from my X6800.

One thing that I have found interesting about the X6800 is that I can overclock only by increasing the multi. I'm currently running at 3.724 ghz with only a 14x multi. That way my ram is completely unaffected by FSB increases.


With all that I;ve mentioned, the E6850 is a great deal based on its price. The Q6600 will not overclock as high (even the GO steppings) but eventually those quad cores may be of some use.
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post #7 of 18
Higher FSB = Higher performance at a given CPU speed so you are missing out =) I would take a E6850 over a X6800 any day of the week.

But then again I would take a Q6600 over an E6850 on those day too =)
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Supreme Commander uses all cores as well as all the upcoming games will utilize them as well.
This argument should be more like, "it prepares you for future games" and not "Supreme Commander utilizes them all"... does Supreme Commander need them all?


People keep saying Supreme Commander uses all the cores...but it doesn't matter.

Regardless of whether it uses the extra cores or not, performance is pretty much the same. It's not necessary, but it will probably be in the future.
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Right now, I would go for the E6850, and I plan on getting one for myself. Once more games start using multiple cores (more than dual-core), then go for quad. No point in getting a quad right now, unless you run a bunch of progs at once.

As for the extreme, well, I would never spend that much on a processor, regardless of what it offers. Period.
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post #10 of 18
people mention how the Q6600 is going to be great for the future, but penryn is also in the near future and wouldnt you want one of those?
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