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post #1 of 15
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In general, how much faster is the Quad than the Duo for every day computing and also gaming?

I mean, at stock, would the Q6600 feel significantly faster than the E8400 since it's a similar price point?
post #2 of 15
The E8400 would feel much faster in general.

Quads are still hardly supported by much as yet, but when they are supported they destroy Dual Cores in overall performance.
 
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From what ive seen, i think a faster Duo would perform better in everyday apps, that is unless you are a huge multitasker or want to fold. There are very few programs that can utilize a Quad to its full potential (as in 4 cores) as of now, but more to come in the future. I was considering an E8400 over a Quad because they overclock so well.
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the 8400 would probably feel a little faster since at stock it is at 3.0ghz, but the more applications you run in parallel (at the same time), the more 4 cores will benefit you. If you want straight up speed, grab the e8400, if you want a little bit of futureproofing, and have applications switch between each other and process in the blink of an eye, go q6600. I love my quad, and I think that they are great chips, but it all depends on what you personally want. speed/function, decent future chip/great current chip.
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Here you go. It shows all the details.

http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu_20...=871&chart=419
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There's no difference in games between a 4ghz e8400 and 3.6ghz q6600 since you're GPU bound anyway. Even if you're not GPU bound, you'll be WELL over 60 fps anyway and you won't notice any difference. Quads are obviously faster for every day use as well.
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well the prices on the 2 are very close, so i would get the quad. if all your doing is gaming and everyday use, you wont be able to tell the difference between the duo and quads. but if you can get 2 extra cores for the same price, why wouldn't you. not to mention that the Q6600 has been tested and proven to be a solid workhorse! with more and more companies starting to drop the prices on the Q6600, how can you go wrong. i just bought one from FRYS 2 days ago for $189.99!
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Well, I can't deny those facts. The Quad is generally faster, isn't it? That's what I would have expected being that it not only has 4 cores, but it looks like it has 8MB of L2 cache (of course, 2MB per core...)

But which one could be the fastest after overclocking? I forgot to ask that...
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Percentage wise the quads OC better... 2.4 to 3.6 is a much bigger jump than 3 to 4.
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post #10 of 15
Seeing as your not folding, I'd say a E8400. I would trade my quad for one anyday, except that I fold. Folding uses all available cores...so a quad core = more ppd.

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