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post #1 of 16
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Im inbetween the C2D and the Quad here.......
Here are the benefits I know of between the two....

E8400
-Cheaper
-45nm
-overclocks easily past 4ghz

Q6700
-quad
-better benchmark score


I dont know of any for the Q6700 other then it has 2 more cores and it does better in like 3DMark. Other then that, Im leaning toward E8400.
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post #2 of 16
I'd go for Q6700 I bought that and a Q6600 and Love them, although i still use my trusty 6550 in my main rig till i max out its oc.


Your notice a Way big difference in loading apps and games.
post #3 of 16
I personally vote Q6700.
You should be able to get 3.6ghz out of that thing without any trouble and it's four cores. Four cores means lots of multitasking, and more importantly, longevity. People can argue the longevity thing until the planet blows up, unless you upgrade your chip every year or whatever, go with a quad. If you DO plan to upgrade in a year then go with the 8400.

I like the idea of four cores instead of two...even if I do get 400mhz less out of the overclock.
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post #4 of 16
E-8400: Less future-proof, cannot multi-task nearly as well as quad, smaller (faster) architecture (45nm), better at power conservation.

Q-6700: larger (65nm) architecture, worse at power conservation, more future-proof due to quad core, can support software not yet written to take advantage of multi-core processors.

The main thing to determine is what you want to do with your computer. Are you going to primarily play games or encode video? Looking at things as they stand at this moment if you are a gamer, I'd say the Wolfdale (E-8400) has the edge due to its higher speed. But games are in development right now that are being written to take advantage of four cores, and at least one that I know of is already out that can utilize a four-core processor (Crysis). So if it were me I'd change the Q-6700 to either a Q-9300 or a Q-9450. That way, you get the 4 cores, plus you get the advantages of the new 45nm architecture. The Q-6700 and Q-9300 cost the same, or very close to it, and the Q-9450 costs about $70 more.

Hope this helped.
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post #6 of 16
Q6700 is a must imo. You will never max all 4 cores=long life. 2 cores will be stressed more than 4 while running multi apps.
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Ok, benchmark scores mean nothing by the way. Absolutely nothing. Everyone uses their computer differently, and all a benchmark score says is that your very unique system performs at a certain level, and when comparing one system with the next, it's apparent that scores vary widely because every system is different.

A couple of things to keep in mind about the E8400 vs Qxxxx. The E8400 WILL perform better with games, very very few games right now sees much benefit in 4 cores. With the E8400 able to easily hit 4 GHz, that makes it a beast for gaming. A few games see benefit in 4 cores, but pretty much all will do fine with dual core for the next couple of years.

Another thing is by the time there are a majority of games that efficiently utilize 4 cores to any advantage over dual-core, the 65nm Qxxxx will be very obsolete, so "future-proof" is not going to happen with the 65nm Qxxxx.

Now, if you plan on doing a bunch of encoding, very heavy multitasking, or some sort of extremely CPU-intensive applications on a regular basis, then get the quad. You can't go wrong.

Gaming: get the E8400 and OC the S#!* out of it and get it to 4.2 or 4.3 GHz and you will be rocking in Crysis.

Encoding/Heavy Multitasking: get the quad. OC the S#!* out of it and get it to 3.6 GHz and you will be rocking with DVD Decryptor and ConvertX To DVD.
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Well let me make it clear about what I like to do (sort of)

Obviously I play games. But, I do alot of encoding like video stuff. I PLAN to do alot of rendering in the near future (like 3D Modeling). I also fold too.

Im a mixed person, I do a little bit of everything. This is going on a 680i EVGA A1 board btw.

From looking at the above, it seems the Q6700 is a better choice unless someone can persuade me otherwise.
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post #9 of 16
you cant go wrong with a q6700. i do a lot of gaming and photoshop stuff and i have no complaints here.
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post #10 of 16
i have the e8400 and i can get it past 4ghz but i think i should have gone with the quad.

3.6ghz quad > 4.0ghz dual core
    
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