Quad Core! The newer games will begin to utilize Quad Cores.
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vläd TF Admin
Joined: Aug 13, 2007 Posts: 894 Location: S.W. Desert USA
Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:03 pm Post subject: Bit of a delima - Q9650 or E8600
I'm presented with the opportunity to sell my older rig and build a second Striker II Extreme rig. The new Intel CPUs that are slated for Q3 that have my attention are the Q9650 and the E8600. My question is; Is it finally becoming time that a quad-core would be beneficial?
Which would you choose (mainly for gaming);
1. Q9650 @ 3GHz, and 12MB of cache ($580)
2. E8600 @ 3.33GHz, and 6MB of cache ($295)
The price isn't my main concern, but it is a consideration.
Do you do anything that would benefit from a quad? Video encoding etc? If not, can't really see any point in a quad for gaming. A Duo'll run cooler and clock higher. By the time quads are used in games, you'll have long since upgraded again.
I agree uless ur rendering or doing animations etc dont get the quad i have one and thats the only time when all four cores actually get used. go with a higher clocked Dual Core. save money and then when the blooms come out this winter.... most likly they will hold off till spring because its Blooming with Bloomfields LOL..... then spend more money on them. I like my quad if u get a quad GO straight for a Aftermarket cooler. thats my two cents.
I know i said Quad... BUt for games even now like UT3 or Crysis or Devil May Cry 4 I wont ever say i am pleased with a dual core.
GO With the Quad. i just when to EBgames today an any new game that has come out with in the last 2 months SAYS DX10 and optimized for MULTIcore CPUS...
Last edited by Sycuss on Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:36 pm; edited 2 times in total
I've always preferred the horizontal coolers like my trusty XP-90c since the horizontal fan also cools the components around the CPU like the mosfets. If I use the TRUE Black 120, I have a feeling I will need to use the optional fan that ASUS includes to cool the voltage regs.
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