Originally Posted by esa193
Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz 6MB x 2 1333 95 $316
this seems like a very good deal
and im sure with a little tweaking ull be past 3 ghz np
Q6600 is still a much better deal, and will actually overclock further. With any of these chips, your motherboard is going to limit the FSB before the CPU does.
The Q6600 has an FSB of 1066 quad pumped, so 266. Multiplier of 9
The Q9450 has an FSB of 1333 quad pumped, so 333. Multiplier of 8
To take the Q6600 to 3.6 GHz, you need an FSB of 400. That's high, but definitely possible.
To take the Q9450 to 3.6 GHz, you need an FSB of 450. Very few motherboards could do that.
It's like the E6600 vs the E6750. The E6600 was much better for overclockers.