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Hey everyone,

What would be the diffference in experience between two different CPUs overclocked to the same level on the same type of board? Is it significant or negligable or none at all? I'm referring to the post-overclock experience, rather than what it takes to get there.

for example: a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P running a Q6600 overclocked to 3.4 GHz, or running a Q9550 overclocked to 3.4 GHz?

Or to put it in a different way, with all things considered - proper cooling, stability, etc., are we essentially achieving the same thing (in this example) or is there a difference in what we experience between the 3.4 GHz achieved by one CPU over the other?

I hope I worded this question well enough so that it makes sense.

Thanks ...
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The Q9550 is faster simply because of its more efficient architecture.
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It depends on the CPU. If they are the same architecture, it'll be the same. But Q6600 vs. Q9550, the Q9550 will pull ahead clock for clock because its a better architecture.
 
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Well they are both quad cores and one of the differences is the q9550 has 12mb cache versus q6600's 8mb, and as mentioned the q9550 has a slightly more efficient architecture hence the q9550 will pull away at the same clocks
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Thanks for the quick replies! Much appreciated!

So basically, despite both being at the same level, one CPU will be able to handle things better or faster based on its own capabilities, which gives me the impression that there would be some noticable difference between the two.

This also tells me that we are indeed comparing apples to oranges, regardless that they are both achieving the same level on the same system.

Excellent! My mind is free now! Time for another coffee and a new thing to ponder.

Cheers!
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