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I've seen some people use Xeon in their gaming PCs, and I've also seen Core 2 Quads and Core 2 Extreme Quad Cores being used in gaming PCs, and I am wondering this question... How well does the Xeon quad cores perform against the Core 2 Quads and Extreme processors?
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They are the same chips, just possibly slightly better.

Same core, cache, FSB, everything, just a name change and slightly higher binning.

Mine for example is a Q6600, only mine is rated to a thermal spec of 85 degree's, not 72 like a normal Q6600 (G0).
    
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That is a good explanation. Thanks! I wasn't sure, but now I know.

I was thinking if I can't get this AMD system overclocked, I may just go Intel for the greater speed, and I am still looking at the Intel Quad cores, the Core 2 Quads mainly. I guess I should take a look at the Xeons too.
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That is a good explanation. Thanks! I wasn't sure, but now I know.

I was thinking if I can't get this AMD system overclocked, I may just go Intel for the greater speed, and I am still looking at the Intel Quad cores, the Core 2 Quads mainly. I guess I should take a look at the Xeons too.
Mine wasn't a terribly good overclocker (3.4 looks like its max) but then of course not too many new Q6600's have been terribly good.

Look into getting a Q6700, they seem to be very impressive overclockers.
    
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A regular 45nm or 65nm quad is fine. If you want a Xeon, take a look at E3110, X3320 and X3360 depending on your budget.
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Can you put those in any board? I'm not taking over the question but if it's the same as a Q i might get one
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post #7 of 22
careful on those temps, see here for the x3220 intel site info.
http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9UP
the B3 was actually rated (xeon & Q660) to 62C. Also remember OC'ing is partly luck of the draw with equipment, and more than the chip play a big factor in successful OC'ing.
    
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careful on those temps, see here for the x3220 intel site info.
http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9UP
the B3 was actually rated (xeon & Q660) to 62C. Also remember OC'ing is partly luck of the draw with equipment, and more than the chip play a big factor in successful OC'ing.
It's SLACT for me (G0)

Theoretically they say the voltage range is 1.1-1.325, comared to 1.1-1.5 on regular quads, however, they are the same chip so the voltage has to be the same.

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Can you put those in any board? I'm not taking over the question but if it's the same as a Q i might get one
Yes, as long as it is LGA 775, and the core works (making sure your motherboard can do 45nm)
    
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A regular 45nm or 65nm quad is fine. If you want a Xeon, take a look at E3110, X3320 and X3360 depending on your budget.
Also don't exclude them on price. For a little while I found a E3110 for $10 less than it's E8400 counterpart.
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post #10 of 22
Binning has nothing to do with it. Xeons can be used in single socket and multiple socket motherboards, normal Core 2 Duo's and Core 2 Quad's can only be used in single CPU socket motherboards.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 5/21/08 at 10:01am
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