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post #21 of 29
Should have made a poll.

Some current games are already utilizing quad cores (GTA IV comes to mind) and even those that don't would benefit since they won't have to contend for the CPU as much with the background processes.

As for the Q6600, even the worst ones (1.3250 VID) should reach 3.4 with good air cooling. My own Q6600 (1.3000 VID) runs 24x7 at 3.6 with temps around 35 to 40 from Tjmax under a TRUE.

Choosing between the E7300 and Q6600 there is pretty much a no brainer. Q6600 or go home.
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post #22 of 29
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It's not just core usage

The Q6600 also has a bigger cache
This and also who wants to play a game that is fully optimized for dual core and runs at 100% on each core when you can have 2 other cores that take care of the game and the rest for the OS.
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post #23 of 29
Don't know why there is such a debate on this subject. Did you guys even read what the OP type? All I'm saying is look at what he's putting the Q6600 on, a $50 Nvidia 610i, which is the lowest end of the 7000 series IGP motherboards. We're not talking about UD3P , P5Q, or Tpower here folks.
Edited by flyin15sec - 12/26/08 at 7:05pm
post #24 of 29
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Don't know why there is such a debate on this subject. Did you guys even read what the OP type? All I'm saying is look at what he's putting the Q6600 on, a $50 Nvidia 610i, which is the lowest end of the 7000 series IGP motherboards.
Oops, I missed that one. That's just not going to do. I wouldn't put EITHER CPU on that board.
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post #25 of 29
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I realize that he has a terrible board, which is why I mentioned it in the OP. He'll get the quad now, then a better mobo later; it's just that a decent mobo is out of his budget. He can at least use the quad without a new board.
post #26 of 29
Get the e7300... oc the heck out of it.

And then get a 9XXX quad later.
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post #27 of 29
Dude if it's a B3 I would def. recommend the E7300 for games. You'll get higher clock speed out of it and that's all that matters right now.
post #28 of 29
I doubt you will be able to find a new q6600 that is a B3 anywhere, they are pretty much gone and G0 has taken over.
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post #29 of 29
Q4's clock like crap on the 650/680 chipsets.. not to mention that with newer G0 stepping Q6600's , you'll be lucky to hit 3.6ghz... and with the E7xxx's you can hit over 4ghz on air cooling with ease.

*Clock speed considered, the dual-core will produce better FPS in-game than the Q4..and higher SM2.0 and SM3.0 scores on synthetic benchies [somewhat reflecting the performance increase realized by a faster CPU].

** I have both Q6600's and E7xxx's.... I would run my dual-cores for gaming any day of the week, now that I have done the tests showing the differences.
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