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Originally Posted by darksideleader View Post
i'd have to disagree, with q9450 being 50 dollars more, it justifies the price with it being newer 45nm tech, better ocing and more cache for the cache hungry quad-core apps. the quad for the money would be... q6600 with it being at $200 and a good enough x9 multiplier. (my e6550 has a x7 multiplier... lets not get greedy XD )
But thats the problem with the Q9450, it isnt the best for overclocking due to it's low multi. The best motherboards will only clock a quad core to the high 450 low 460 FSB. So the low 8x multi limits the overall OC of the Q9450. The Q6700, with it's 10x multi has real potential for high overclocks. They are robust CPUs and can really take a beating.

And your E6550 can go a lot higher then 460 FSB...
Edited by ericeod - 6/24/08 at 11:34pm
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But thats the problem with the Q9450, it isnt the best for overclocking due to it's low multi. The best motherboards will only clock a quad core to the high 450 low 460 FSB. So the low 8x multi limits the overall OC of the Q9450. The Q6700, with it's 10x multi has real potential for high overclocks. They are robust CPUs and can really take a beating.

And your E6550 can go as lot higher then 460 FSB...
Well said. That's what i meant all along . I stand by the Q6700, and would buy one if I had the money right now...haha.
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Offtopic: I wish I could negative rep you Tonton for saying stupid things.#
The first desktop Core 2 was the Conroe which was released in Aug 2006, which isn't even 2 years yet.
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But thats the problem with the Q9450, it isnt the best for overclocking due to it's low multi. The best motherboards will only clock a quad core to the high 450 low 460 FSB. So the low 8x multi limits the overall OC of the Q9450. The Q6700, with it's 10x multi has real potential for high overclocks. They are robust CPUs and can really take a beating.

And your E6550 can go a lot higher then 460 FSB...
But you have to be careful because the Q6700 can only clock to AT MOST 3.2 GHz.
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But thats the problem with the Q9450, it isnt the best for overclocking due to it's low multi. The best motherboards will only clock a quad core to the high 450 low 460 FSB. So the low 8x multi limits the overall OC of the Q9450. The Q6700, with it's 10x multi has real potential for high overclocks. They are robust CPUs and can really take a beating.

And your E6550 can go a lot higher then 460 FSB...
Exactly.

Thread title says "best deal for a quad", and then people just go around ignoring the Q6600. Sure the Q9450 is 45nm, but 45nm doesn't make it a quad god. It's 50% more money than the Q6600, and yet both overclocked to the max (on average) there isn't a noticeable difference. In synthetic benchmarks you would see a 5-10% difference, but then you would've already paid 50% more. That does not sound like a good deal at all.

The thread with a link in my sig explains my view on these 45nm quads in detail. Clock for clock there's only about 5% difference even in benchmarks. Look around, there are just so many Q9450 owners maxing out at about 3.4GHz for a 24/7 clock, and considering most Q6600s can do that on the 8x multiplier... Well I'm gonna stop there since it's pretty obvious where I'm going.

And to whoever said the Q6700 can only clock to 3.2GHz, you're dead meat to so many Q6700 owners.
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almost 3
Weren't the Core 2 duos released mid summer of '06? That's almost 2 years.
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I dont think the op cares when it was released.
Hes merely asking what is the best deal.
My vote goes with the q9450.
Or wait a couple months as the q9550 is suppose to drop in price.
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Exactly.

Thread title says "best deal for a quad", and then people just go around ignoring the Q6600. Sure the Q9450 is 45nm, but 45nm doesn't make it a quad god. It's 50% more money than the Q6600, and yet both overclocked to the max (on average) there isn't a noticeable difference. In synthetic benchmarks you would see a 5-10% difference, but then you would've already paid 50% more. That does not sound like a good deal at all.

The thread with a link in my sig explains my view on these 45nm quads in detail. Clock for clock there's only about 5% difference even in benchmarks. Look around, there are just so many Q9450 owners maxing out at about 3.4GHz for a 24/7 clock, and considering most Q6600s can do that on the 8x multiplier... Well I'm gonna stop there since it's pretty obvious where I'm going.

And to whoever said the Q6700 can only clock to 3.2GHz, you're dead meat to so many Q6700 owners.
I was mainly being sarcastic to the above quote of 9450 only hitting 3.6
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Another vote for the Q6700. Highly overclockable due to the higher multi. Recent Q6600 bins don't overclock very well, while the Q9450 only has a x8 multi and costs more money.

Plus, you'll have to upgrade next year anyways. Nehalem will have a different socket
    
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I too vote for the Q6700. Just out of curiosity though, what's the chipset like that's going to power the Nehalem?
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