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Buying the E8400 is pointless when you can get a Q6600 for the same price. The latest Q6600 g0's have been capable of doing at least 3.6GHz consistently, some even hit 4GHz on air. Some E8400's wont clock more than 3.6GHz and they top out at around 4GHz on air. So even if you do manage to get an E8400 to 4GHz you're only gaining 400mhz in single threaded applications which is such a small difference once your over the 3GHz point that it isn't noticeable.

Some people might even argue that the E8400 supports SSE4 while the Q6600 doesn't, but the truth is that Penryn's only support SSE4.1 and only Nehalem will support all of the SSE4 instructions. Besides, SSE4.1 is only useful in encoding/decoding applications and thats another area where the Q6600 excels at so the Q6600 would still mop the floor there too. Also, by the time applications start to fully utilize SSE4.1 westmere will be right around the corner. With games like Alan Wake, FarCry 2, and the latest Valve games right around the corner the only sensible option is the Q6600.
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try 3d06 i guaranty you see a differance
Who cares about a benchmark?
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Originally Posted by aakar View Post
Its times like this I want to move back to Toronto, Canada God things were cheap.



Okay then...



imho, 3dmark scores are useless they don't give an accurate measure or realistic measure of how a processor performs.
yea but that higher score is so satisfying , lol
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Who cares about a benchmark?
hmmm, so your posting on a overcklocking website yet you have no interest in benchmarking, ok
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Dude, that in America. Check where I am in . We aussies pay $89 for bioshock PC version and you guys and canadians only pay 20-40 dollars even though the exchange is almost exactly the same.
Whoops! Sorry, I didn't realize you were in Oz.
     
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hmmm, so your posting on a overcklocking website yet you have no interest in benchmarking, ok
Not everyone OC's to benchmark. I OC to have good performance when doing video work and gaming. I have yet to run any benchmark on my current rig cause they don't really mean anything.
     
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hmmm, so your posting on a overcklocking website yet you have no interest in benchmarking, ok
A lot of people overclock for the better performance including me, I think that benchmarking is useless too unless you are getting paid to do it like K|ngpin.
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post #38 of 49
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yea but that higher score is so satisfying , lol
Don't believe that crap...

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Buying the E8400 is pointless when you can get a Q6600 for the same price. The latest Q6600 g0's have been capable of doing at least 3.6GHz consistently, some even hit 4GHz on air. Some E8400's wont clock more than 3.6GHz and they top out at around 4GHz on air. So even if you do manage to get an E8400 to 4GHz you're only gaining 400mhz in single threaded applications which is such a small difference once your over the 3GHz point that it isn't noticeable.

Some people might even argue that the E8400 supports SSE4 while the Q6600 doesn't, but the truth is that Penryn's only support SSE4.1 and only Nehalem will support all of the SSE4 instructions. Besides, SSE4.1 is only useful in encoding/decoding applications and thats anohter area where the Q6600 excels at so the Q6600 would stop mop the floor in the encoding/decoding department. Also, by the time applications start to fully utilize it westmere will be right around the corner. With games like Alan Wake, FarCry 2, and the latest Valve games right around the corner the only sensible option is the Q6600.
You make a good point.
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This little myth that running a q6600 only uses two cores is a bunch of BS and i am tired of reading the same regurgitated crap that all the little fourteen year olds spit out. Look YES one program may only use two cores (like a game), however, if you are running multiple applications all four cores are used. The OS specifies affinity not the program. If a program is multi threaded then it doesnt care what core it is on. If you notice all these people saying this only have dual core processors, i have a quad and i can speak from experience yes you will use all four cores even if you are not encoding.

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Plus, the E8400 costs $359 and the Q6600 costs $276. That's a difference of $83 AUD.
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