Originally Posted by Shin2k35
The E8400 and E8500 are a waste of cash. Get a Q9450 or Q9550.
Thought I'd better elaborate.
Yeah, the E8400 can OC to about 4.3ghz, but it still can't stand up to a Q9450 @ 3.6ghz. It loses about 1000 3d marks. Which out of 3dmarks ranging in 15,000's may seemk like nothing, but for CPU score it is (3920, compared to 5029)
Proof can be given.
oh and btw your Quad at 3.5ghz will get whooped on in games by an E8400 at 4.2ghz or so on ANY game these days. I can show proof of that too.
Once again to the OP an E8400 or E7200 will perform better than a Q6600 when overclocked. People always say the Q6600 at 3.6ghz and the E8400 at 4.0ghz which they are kind of similar in performance HOWEVER a Q6600 at 3.6ghz is about as common as an E8400 @ 4.2ghz. Compare those and you see the difference.
Nehalem will be coming out at the end of this year or early next which is a WHOLE NEW SOCKET. Maybe soon after that games will start to use more cores effectively but until then dual-core still reigns supreme in the gaming world because they can overclock so high.
Get a quad-core when nehalem comes out or stay with a dual-core if you want the best FPS in games. I'm not talking about anything else here since the OP talked about gaming so don't go there.Edited by Sora1421 - 6/25/08 at 11:43am