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I guess I'm trying to say that even if I can't OC the Q6600 much with my Mobo will it still outperform the E6850? Sorry if this thread seems pointless just thought that I could get some feedback so that I make a smart choice on my purchase.
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post #12 of 31
You want advice from someone who's actually had a Quad Core CPU?

Even if you can't overclock it beyond 3.4Ghz (Likely scenario) stable, you'll still love it more than a Dual Core CPU.

Dont' even have to do what I do. I mean, I actually use my horsepower.
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Thank you Audi.
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if you go quad - get a different motherboard.
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post #15 of 31
yeah i read his motherboard statement..and what? get a new mobo. 6 series mobos have had good price cuts.
post #16 of 31
I'll highly recommend a P35 chipset along with an E6x50, because that CPU has a higher fsb speed and nFarce chipsets don't like high fsb. Also the Q6600s OC better on P35s.
post #17 of 31
get the C2Q dude.... it will beat the pants off of the e6850 in the long run.

If you are planning on updating to 45nm though, get the 6750 for now. it has the best value to overclockability ratio. You can probably push the 6750 to around close to the same as the 6850 (just a tad less if you want to be safe since the max multiplier will be x8 rather than x9) will get to since they have the same thermal profile. theres no point spending more money than you need to if you are going to move to 45nm in the near future. but if you are planning on sticking with this for awhile, get the C2Q.
    
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You might not see much of performance gain in term of benchmark when upgrade from e6600 to e6850. The overclock potential decreases as stock frequency goes up in the same family (Conroe). An e6300 (1.86Ghz) can hit 3.6Ghz on a decent air cooler usually, that is 194% of the original speed. You simply can't expect an e6850 run stable at 5.82Ghz. This is called diminish of return. Although I have no idea what frequency can an e6850 hit, but I am sure the increase is going to be less than an e6600. In my opinion, the little performance gain doesn't justify the huge economic loss of selling your e6600.

However, buying a Q6600 is a different story. I don't have to go into the performance gain of Quad vs Dual since many ppl will argue that many of applications don't utilize quad cores. What you need to keep in mind that for each bit of OC on a quad is theoretically equal to two times of performance gain on a Dual. So, say that you OC your Q6600 to 3.2Ghz, which is relatively conservative for G0 step. You received the same amount of performance gain as OC an e6600 to 4Ghz (theoretically).

As far as the motherboard goes, try to get rid of it while you can. 680i chipset are “@#S”. I am not saying it because I have an Intel board. In fact, I had three P5N32E-SLI and two EVGA 680i SLI in the past 9 months. I returned / sold them all! Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge OC improvement from 590i chipset. However, it is still not comparable to Intel chipset when it comes to stable OC at all range of FSB, oh not to mention reliability. In addition, the build in memory controller of the 680i is a PITA. I bought 680i because good review it gets, but all these benchies are done within a period of day or two. However, the board wouldn't maintain the same stability 24/7 for weeks or months. Unfortunately, it took numerous return and exchange to find that out.
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post #19 of 31
From everything I've read and seen, buy what you need for now. If you do a lot of video editing, and are heavily multitasking you should probably go for the quad core.

If you're going to be playing games, surfing, doing the occasional photoshopping, go for the higher speed. Sure one or two titles will support multicore, but as everyone knows, it's the GPU that plays the most essential role in gaming.

So instead of having people dictate what you should get, buy what you want.

The potential necessity of a quad core has yet to really surface, IMO, and may not for another generation or two.
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post #20 of 31
ya the q6600 will beat the 6850 in the long run, but by the time there are enough games and software the will fully utilize the quad cores potential, there will be newer generations of cpu's out by then. i just dont see the justification for going quad core when there are only a handful of games and software that will be using it. i say go with the 6850. by the time quad core is mainstream, im bettin there will be much better quad core cpu's out.
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