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e8400 or q6600: Is the performance difference signigifant?

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I don't know which one to buy. I want to get the q6600 for future-proofing, but the e8400 looks like it out-preforms the q6600 on most games non oc'd. If both are oc'd to the max, will there be a difference in performance? Note, I'll be playing on a 19" 1280x1020 screen until I get some extra money and buy a 22" Samsung.
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For gaming? Get an e8400 and clock it up!
For rendering/burning movies/photoshopy stuff? Get a q6600
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
For gaming? Get an e8400 and clock it up!
For rendering/burning movies/photoshopy stuff? Get a q6600
OR, get a used good OCing Q6600 for all purposes.
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Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
For gaming? Get an e8400 and clock it up!
For rendering/burning movies/photoshopy stuff? Get a q6600
I'm asking if you oc them both, will there be a signigifant performance difference between them. I don't want to buy a e8400 and then buy a quad after 6 months when all the new games will utilize quad cores and the e8400 will be worthless.
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I would go with the E8400 and I own a Q6600. Great processor, but it isn't that often that I see any significant use out of the additional 2 cores.
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Q6600 is so cheap right now, it is the best deal of the century. Overclock it to 3.6 ghz on air, and you will be playing games for years without a CPU upgrade.
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I would go with the E8400 and I own a Q6600. Great processor, but it isn't that often that I see any significant use out of the additional 2 cores.
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q6600 will come very close to the e8400 in games that only use 2 cores, but in future games (and SOME current games) the Q6600 will win, get the Q6600.
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You really have to keep in mind the abilities and limitations of the set-up you are going to put the chip in....

The Q6600 (or any quad-core for that matter) is going to score better in Benchmarking. If you use multi-core applications such as movie editing software and web-design, etc., then the quad is probably right for you. I would not worry so much about "future-proofing" because by the time the majority of applications utilize 4-cores...the Q6XXX and Q9XXX series will be so old - you won't want them anymore.

The down-side to the Quad is going to be your OC-ability in general. Many boards have trouble with the GTL reference voltages required to overclock a quad. Each chip will have it's limits and each board will as well. I think these limits will be more prominant in the Quad.

The Dual-Core is going to be best for gaming applications, office tasks, and your day-to-day computing that most of us use it for. Your benchmarks might be lower then the Quad - but those (at least 3dmark) are so heavily aimed towards CPU scores that it doesn't really give you an accurate guage as to what real gaming will be like.

Most boards have the neccesary GTL reference voltages to OC the heck out of them - so there will be less compatibility issues - and a few more options for chipsets.


Between the 2 of them - remember - they both can OC the same. A good overclock on a Q6600 can get you 3.4GHz or better (1GHz improvment) and a good OC on the E8400 should get you to 4.0GHz (1GHz improvment).

Point is - they both should overclock to similar levels...but I think you might have a little ore ease with a dual.

Sorry for the long answer....
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For just normal apps and everyday use a E8400 would be best as it clocks soooo much higher. Once you start folding or rendering all day long you will find use for the quad, but then you will also need better cooling and probably mod your motherboard to overclock it high
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