Originally Posted by Klinkey
Of course you would notice a MASSIVE difference, triple channel high speed RAM, better graphics support, hyper threading and generally better coding. I think in some areas gaming/video editing you would even get double+ the performance. The thing is, do you have the money.
Edit: this of course is based on your two options, if i were you, wait for sandy bridge.
its only a few weeks away to launch and a few months till full operation
Massive difference? At what, exactly? Video encoding is the -only- place you'd see a difference at all outside benchmarks like Super-pi, WPrime.
Triple Channel Ram? Doesn't make an ounce of difference, and this CPU doesn't even use triple channel. It's the 875K, the 1156, dual channel i7. It wouldn't matter though. Outside memory bandwidth benchmarks, triple channel is all but useless to the typical user.
Better graphics support? HOW? They both support PCIe 2.0. If anything the Q6600 has better graphics -potential- because it can be paired with X38/48 boards which have full x16/x16 Crossfire capability.
Better coding? ..What?
Hyperthreading? Not at all helpful for a gamer, but will make a difference with encoding/video editing.
Double the performance? Not even CLOSE! Maybe 10% single threaded, and 25% in scenarios where hyper-threading is useful. Not even a glimmer of difference for gaming.
OP: If you're really wanting a new quad, I would definitely wait for SB. It would help if you could tell us what you use the computer for, though.