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[ENGADGET] AMD X4 9850 v. Intel Q9300

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More promising news for the boys in sunnyvale

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...As was suggested by those other reviews, however, the AMD falls behind the (admittedly pricier) Intel processor in just about every respect, including its ability to be overclocked. On the upside, however, that lower cost will likely offset the performance issues for many users, and it does still boast "moderate overclockability" and run cooler than the Intel chip. ExtremeTech apparently isn't convinced that AMD's pricing is "sustainable over the long haul" though. For its part, the Q9300 makes the most of its four cores and 45nm manufacturing process, with the only significant downside being that it packs only have the cache of the rest of Intel's quad core line. That wasn't enough to stop it from snagging an impressive 9 out of 10 rating, however, with ExtremeTech declaring it "one of the best price/performance CPUs you can find." ...
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post #2 of 36
lol at "only have the cache", I think they meant half...anyway I've been paying so much attention to Intel that I haven't even heard of the X4 9850...I really hope AMD can get on the ball and pick things up a bit in the future, I haven't had an AMD PC in years.
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Originally Posted by Jacko87 View Post
lol at "only have the cache", I think they meant half...anyway I've been paying so much attention to Intel that I haven't even heard of the X4 9850...I really hope AMD can get on the ball and pick things up a bit in the future, I haven't had an AMD PC in years.
its a decent budget chip... but it simply is lagging behind architecturally. Fanboy or not, Intel is plowing ahead... and with the advancements being touted in nehalem, shangai better be something better than a market segment filler
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post #4 of 36
Finaly some competition.
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common AMD something new that can compete with intel's high end before intel decides to release $2000 nehalem extreme chips
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post #6 of 36
Your not buying the Q9300 if you are looking for a budget chip. Also, there is no possible way the Q9300 produces more heat than the 9850...
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Quote:
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Your not buying the Q9300 if you are looking for a budget chip. Also, there is no possible way the Q9300 produces more heat than the 9850...
Ok i am no electrical engineer,nor do i really know squat about anything, but wouldn't the Q9300 having almost twice the transistors as the 9850 generate more heat?

or is that not how the majority of the heat is generated?
    
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post #8 of 36
Dang the 9850 really took it in the butt hard, really hard.

Sucks they didn't even make 3.0GHz, And that was a lot of voltage they added just for 2.8GHz.
    
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Wow they kept switching up the colour and the placements that a few times there I was like "what the 9850 is winning?" then I realized that they switched it up, and it was actually the e8500 winning.

Doesn't matter because all 3 cpus tested are crap anyways. The e8400 offers just as much performance as the e8500, while costing up to $100 less, the Q6600 costs $60 less than the Q9300 and OCs much higher, and anything AMD is always epic fail unless its in the <$60 section. They really need to release like a $120 quad.
    
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Summary:
High end quad versus low end quad. Low end quad wins.
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