the biggest performance loss, of 14% is in winrar and unreal tournament.
there are 8 things on that list, that is under 3%, and several things with 1% or less.
and if you do an average of all things on that list, the difference becomes even less, 5%.
so for 50 bucks less, for 5% less performance, you bet you i am gonna save myself the few extra bucks.
and i know a lot of you are gonna say you can notice 2 to 12 frames difference in a game of crysis, i don't play crysis, never had, doubt i ever will.
i do a lot of video encoding/transcoding and a lot of programming, so my computer needs aren't that of a gamer.
as for overclocking, i am tickled pink with this chip, i have so far gotten it up to 3.8 ghz stable for a 12 hour stretch on orthos
. i dropped it back down to 3.4 ghz, cause i couldn't justify the gain in performance with the higher voltage and heat it generated. i might have gained a whole 3 seconds off of the encoding time of a video going from 3.4 ghz to 3.8 ghz, and a frame or two in sins of solar empire.
as for the e8400, or whatever other variety comes out before nehalem hits the market, i will prolly get as an upgrade to this chip in a few years.