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Bit of a delima - Q9650 or E8600
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E8600 or Q9650?
Dual Core! Games don't utilize Quad Cores.
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Quad Core! The newer games will begin to utilize Quad Cores.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:03 pm    Post subject: Bit of a delima - Q9650 or E8600 Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quad. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quad Core if you can swing it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I always said; "I ain't goin' quad til they hit 3GHz default without having to pay $1k! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 12mb L2 cache is definitely noticeable.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due out in Q4/08:

2.66ghz Bloomfield @ $284

2.93 " " @ $562

3.20 " " @ $999

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07/14/intel_prices_up_nehalem/

Not advocating anything, just adding to your potential choices. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

am wrote:
Due out in Q4/08:

2.66ghz Bloomfield @ $284

2.93 " " @ $562

3.20 " " @ $999

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07/14/intel_prices_up_nehalem/

Not advocating anything, just adding to your potential choices. Laughing


I know, if there were a few details on the upcoming mobos I might wait. But I'm not holding off till I see details and benches! Plus I have to have SLi!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait for the x58.

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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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...


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i Voted for Dualcores, since it will be another year till most of the games Utilize Quadcores.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering the clockability of the Duo compared to the Quad on the 790i chipset, I think I'll end up going with the Duo and try to save a couple of $$ for the upcoming Nehalem Quads.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'k
I caved! E9650 has been ordered, now let's see if it ships out tonite.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh. Any thoughts on cooling it?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have these in the closet, just waiting to be tried out on my HSPC Tech Station...

Thermalright TRUE Black 120

Noctua NH-C12P

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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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recomend that Noctuna cooler u have posted... I have the vertical version of it. the horizontal cools better.
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