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Yes, It annoys me that those AnandTech comparisons are only stock speeds. Anyone who would go out of there way to research their decision and find that comparison it more than likely to overclock.

Not sure I'll remember this thread, but I should have an E8400 rig up and running in a week or so. I plan to get +4Ghz on it. I hope to compare some real games to it and my Q6700. Should be the E8400 @ ~4Ghz vs Q6700 @ 3.7Ghz.

I dont see the E8400 winning, even at 4Ghz. All the games I play use 4 cores. CoD, BC2, Homefront, etc...
Edited by Blacklac - 3/18/11 at 10:15am
    
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^ Though the Q6600 loses at OC'ing against the E8400...

I'd rather use the Q6600 anyway since I don't see my PC as a merely gaming "thing".
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I was in the same situation a couple months ago not being able to run Bad Company 2 at 1080p on medium settings with my E8400.

I had put my Q6600 in my dads computer because I wanted to have a fast dual core, but I realized that it would be much better to have the quad. So I bought a new HSF for my dad and then swaped my good old Q6600 back in my sig rig. Even at 3.33GHz it is great for everything and the only thing holding me back is my HD4850 (which is still a great card btw, only outdated a bit)

I don't plan on upgrading my CPU any time soon, maybe get some help here overclocking it up to 3.6~3.7 when I upgrade my video card. Either way both of these CPU's are still some of the best ones you can get on LGA775.

In games that are optimized for quads I noticed a big difference having the extra 2 threads.
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Then your first step to getting help is to type the revision you have on that Q6600.
B3 or G0?
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Buddy got both and trying to determine which to keep. He was able to push Q6600 to 3.2 Ghz only so far. He pushed the E8400 to 3.8 Ghz so far. I think he can push either further - at least 3.4 or 3.6 on Q6600 and 4.0 Ghz on the E8400. As far as gaming goes, he is not noticing any difference between the two. He is also going for GTX 560 SLI very soon here. And please do not recommend a i5 or i7. Changing motherboard, processor and RAM is out of question for him at this time.
This is my final word on the subject. Your buddy should decide after he sets up SLI. Re-test both cpu's with SLI GTX 560's and decide which one he wants to keep. SLI increases the chance of a cpu bottleneck which means the Q6600 may pull ahead in the games he plays. I have no clue which games he plays. Also, dont know how much he can safely and reliably overclock on his system. Too many unknowns.

Yeah, Q6600 is B3 or G0 revision? It's a huge difference.
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post #26 of 26
q6600 all the way... There is no reason to go with a dual core when you already have a quad.

And if you have a great chip like myself you can get 3.6ghz on air with no effort (specially on the g0 stepping). Or get it up to 3.9-4+ghz on water.

And for those saying clock speed matters more, you're wrong.

Take a single core p4 clocked at 4.5ghz vs. a c2d @ 3.6ghz and the c2d will win.

Architecture does make a big difference, even though the e8400 is a newer arch it still cannot compare to a q6600 when it's being utilized properly.
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