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I'm currently prepared to spend $210 for a Q6600 for my new build (sig rig), but with the rumored Intel price drops on July 20th, I'm considering going for the Q9300 instead if the price is right. Considering the price is right, which one should I go with?


I'm not sure which would be better since the Q9300 has a multiplier locked at 7.5, and since its L2 cache is only 6 MB. However, at the same time, it has a higher stock clock, 1333 FSB, and its a 45 nm proc.

I don't plan on overclocking for a while, and even when I do, I don't plan on going very high (probably not over 3.2 - who knows, I'm not that ballsy when it comes to electronic hardware)

Q660
Core - Kentsfield
Operating Frequency - 2.4GHz
FSB - 1066MHz
L1 Cache - 128KB+128KB
L2 Cache - 2 x 4MB
Manufacturing Tech - 65 nm

Q9300
Core - Yorkfield
Operating Frequency - 2.5GHz
FSB - 1333MHz
L2 Cache - 6MB
Manufacturing Tech - 45 nm
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post #2 of 60
Q6600 is better. You will have a very hard time reaching over 3.4GHz on that Q9300 (FSB Limitations).
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post #3 of 60
Second to Q6600. A 7.5x multi is really a drag on Q9300.
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q6600 all the way
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If the Q9300 drops to $230, I'd probably get it. It should reach 3.2 GHz rather easily, but going far beyond that is admittedly more difficult. The highest I've seen is maybe 3.5 GHz. Then again, I believe newer Q6600s don't get past the same area without some good cooling.
post #6 of 60
q6600 for sure
that 7.5x multiplier on the q9300 really kills the clockspeed since you hit a FSB wall really quick
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My Q9400 @ 3.4 = my Q6600 @ 3.6
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post #8 of 60
The Q9300 does sightly outperform the Q6600 even with the lower cache. 3.2 GHz is easy to get too, mine is on 3.2 GHz even with this toasty NB.

The Q6600 voters are gonna outnumber the
Q9300 supporters greatly, but still consider this chip.
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what about a q9450? are there any limitations on that? thought id ask as we are kinda on the topic
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My Q9400 @ 3.4 = my Q6600 @ 3.6
Exactly, cause of the cache. The Q9450 would be a good choice.
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