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Old 11-20-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Arrow Q6600 vs Q8200 vs XXXX?

I'm thinking about upgrading my computer to a Intel quad core but cant decide on which to get. The Q6600 and Q8200 are both $189 on newegg. Ive read up on them and the jist of what Ive found is the Q8200 is quieter and cooler with a smaller cache but has almost no performance difference unless your planning on over clocking (which i doubt ill do).

Which CPU would you pick and why without factoring in OCing, or is there another better CPU in the same relative price range that has a performance difference worth mentioning?

Thank you in advance for any advice.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Q6600 vs Q8200 vs XXXX?

The Q8200 has a lower clock speed and a smaller cache compared to the Q6600, unless you're really worried about those ~30W, the Q6600 is the obvious choice.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Q6600 vs Q8200 vs XXXX?

XD wasn't so clear to me I guess the Q6600 is the best CPU in the 200 price range?
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Not if you are a hardcore gamer, at least at the moment. There aren't really any games out that use more than two cores, except maybe Crysis?
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Default Re: Q6600 vs Q8200 vs XXXX?

one of the most popular CPU's in the $200 range is the E8500... for good reason too

But if you want a quad and thats your budget, the Q6600 is the way
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one of the most popular CPU's in the $200 range is the E8500... for good reason too

But if you want a quad and thats your budget, the Q6600 is the way
Personally, I prefer E8400.
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Personally, I prefer E8400.
Just wondering. Why would you prefer the E8400 over the E8500? ...unless you are prefering it over a quad core.
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A quad is future proofing you. Simple as that.

For the same price, why go for a quad with less power?
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tbh id wait a little bit longer at this point and buy the new cpus on the way out very soon
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tbh id wait a little bit longer at this point and buy the new cpus on the way out very soon
You mean Deneb?
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