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My opinion is if you want a 24/7 overclock to 4.0GHz or higher, try for the 8400. Too many can run near spec volts at 4.0GHz, it is a peace of mind factor to your stability and longevity
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How big of a difference in performance are we talking about when comparing 3.6 GHz and 4.0 GHz? The latter is only 11% greater than the former.

I think it really comes down to your budget. If the E8400's price tag is one of the main reasons you aren't considering it, then get the E7200. Or you can do as SickStew suggested the E5200. It's 2.5 GHz stock with a 12.5 multiplier. It only has 2MB of L2 cache, but should be a great overclocker. Of course, these would offer an even bigger performance decrease than the E7200, but it will cost under $100. Not bad for a chip that shouldn't break a sweat breaking 4.0 GHz.
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Well I've decided on the Q9400, it has a higher mutli than the Q9300 and only has has half of the cache of the Q9450; For the same price as the Q9300
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You should wait and see what remaining Q9450s sell for. If they're within $15 of a Q9400, I would grab one of those instead.
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You should wait and see what remaining Q9450s sell for. If they're within $15 of a Q9400, I would grab one of those instead.
i think they are keeping prices the same on that, they just need a mid-entry level Quad
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Getting there....not 100% stable yet, I fail Orthos around 4 hours. Will load XP at 4.2ghz but it was pretty unstable.

    
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Getting there....not 100% stable yet, I fail Orthos around 4 hours. Will load XP at 4.2ghz but it was pretty unstable.

Oh snap nice OC but until I see a few more and over 4 G and stable the E8400 is still the choice
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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.

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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.

later,
transhour
"We can see no catastrophic performance hit because of the reduction of cache memory. Games suffer the most, having a performance hit of 9-10%. The speed of archiving is considerably lower, too. The other applications are quite favorable to the Wolfdale with 3MB L2 cache, running at similar speed on both versions of the 45nm core. The average performance loss with the reduced-cache Wolfdale is about 5%."

For whoever is into games that may be important, or not.
Edited by kpo6969 - 7/21/08 at 1:49am
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i like my chip

and as for gaming, i still play age of empires 2 and halo if that tells you anything
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