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Intel Q9550, are they worth it.

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Hi everyone,

I was looking around at the new Intel cpu's hitting the market over the next while and spotted the Q9550. It's specs look great, but with a 500euro price tag. I haven't been able to find any benchmarks though.

I was wondering if anyone has seen any reviews/benchmarks or has any first hand experience with Engineering samples?

I'm thinking with it being manufactured using the 45nm process, it should have plenty of overclocking headroom. Also, with a 12MB cache, you might think that the performance of the processor will be similar to the QX9650 (which I can't afford sadly), at similar clocks.

What do you think?

Cheers,

Wayne
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for a lot less money you can get a Q6700... which won't lag much behind the Q9550. Unless you primarily do CPU intensive tasks, I'd recommend the Q6700 (and no, gaming doesn't qualify as CPU intensive.)
    
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I agree with Chozart, 45nm are great and all but are seriously hampered by their own CPU multiplier. This makes overclocking tough to say the least. What is happening is that Intel is trying to force upgraders to the extreme editions. This will be echoed in the future with Nehalem, where overclocking will only be possible on the more expensive processors.

I'd advise a Q6700, or wait until Q3 for the Q9650 with a nice 9x multi. Although it'll cost around $530+
 
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Thanks guys, I do fairly cpu intensive tasks other than gaming I didn't know about the multiplier, lucky I asked!! I really don't want to give in to the extreme temptation though, they really cost an arm and a leg. So I think I'll take your advice.

Cheers,

Wayne.
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Hi everyone,

I was looking around at the new Intel cpu's hitting the market over the next while and spotted the Q9550. It's specs look great, but with a 500euro price tag. I haven't been able to find any benchmarks though.

I was wondering if anyone has seen any reviews/benchmarks or has any first hand experience with Engineering samples?

I'm thinking with it being manufactured using the 45nm process, it should have plenty of overclocking headroom. Also, with a 12MB cache, you might think that the performance of the processor will be similar to the QX9650 (which I can't afford sadly), at similar clocks.

What do you think?

Cheers,

Wayne
Not worth it for just 0.5 multiplier over 9450 and a heck a lot more cash.
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Not worth it for just 0.5 multiplier over 9450 and a heck a lot more cash.
Well, I can almost guarantee you that you won't be able to find a Q9450 soon tho

I'd either get a Q6700 or wait a bit (read; maybe months) for the Q9450 to come back in stock @ the shops.

Oh and to answer your question 200 euro extra for a .5 higher multi is definatly not worth it
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Not worth it. Either Q6700 or Q9650 (locked multi) is the way to go plus you know that you can put 1.5v on Q6700.
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I had a good look at the Q6700 there. I see that you have the chip yourself. It seems like a really good buy, and seems to have good headroom for overclock.

I used to work in Intel, Ireland. Chances were if you bought a core 2 duo dual or quad, it was manufactured there. You knew what models and steppings were performing or had problems as you had the litho and sort data. You could even go back and see if anything weird happened to your very processor along the manufacturing process.

But now I haven't a clue whats hot and whats not...

Thanks for your replys guys!!!
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