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ok guys other than the price... 9300 has higher fsb and lower v so that would be better for OC right? i chose finally which board im going with an x48 rampage board just the cpu now. which do you think i should pick and why???
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Id say the q6600 just because the multi on the Q9300 is so low.
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Id say the q6600 just because the multi on the Q9300 is so low.
Multi as in what?
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As in clock multiplier. I believe the Q6600 is x9 and the Q9300 is x7.5. This comes into play in overclocking. In an issue of Maximum PC, they compared the Q6600 and Q9300 and recommend the Q9300 despite it's lower multiplier and smaller L2 cache.
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Multi as in what?
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As in clock multiplier. I believe the Q6600 is x9 and the Q9300 is x7.5. This comes into play in overclocking. In an issue of Maximum PC, they compared the Q6600 and Q9300 and recommend the Q9300 despite it's lower multiplier and smaller L2 cache.
what he said in red.
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so you can still get the 9300 to say 3.5 or so
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I agree, the Q6600 is the far better option in terms of overclockability.
 
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so you can still get the 9300 to say 3.5 or so
You can get it to that high with no problems, but performance, the Q6600 is ALOT better with the multiplier
    
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post #10 of 17
Assuming the Q9300 does have a multiplier of 7.5x, it would take a mammoth 480FSB to get it stable at 3.6Ghz (the usual benchmark for the Q6600). However, the fact remains that the Q9300 is 45nm and so is very sensitive to voltage, and secondly usually retails at the price of the Q6700. Considering most of the Q9300's are topping out at around 3Ghz or so, it is generally not considered a wise investment. The Q9450 however is said to be the sweet spot of the lot.

One thing to remember is that the 45nm quad cores run a lot cooler and also have SSE4 so if those things appeal to you, I don't see why you wouldn't like them. As for the direct comparison between the Q9300 and the Q6600, at the current price the Q6600 is much better.
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