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Old July 8, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Since I cant open all the boxes in a warehouse how will I know if I'm getting a c2d that overclocks well ? According to the sticky new ones don't oc so well. (btw anybody have a used c2d for sale ?) hoping to see for a cp that yields 3.4 -3.5

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Old July 8, 2007, 06:32 PM
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basically you don't. you could go to a store and look through the steppings available.
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It is a little bit easier with the C2Ds (over S939) as the "stepping" is included on the box label rather than needing to open the box to get it off of the top of the HSF.

I'm not sure if any of the on-line stores would be willing to guarantee a certain stepping, but you could narrow it down a bit by asking in their forums what steppings folks have been getting recently.

Really though, you'd never be sure unless you found somebody selling a used one once folks start buying up quads after the price drops.
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Yea guess I need to shop for one that's a known oc'er,any of you got plans for ditching yours ?
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Heh......

Not that I know of....

I'm in much the same boat as you are. This E6420 seems to be a decent OC'er compared to other recent chips, but it's failing me in the "high FSB" catagory.

I'm on the hunt for a C2D that'll let me test out the upper range of motherboard FSB and this thing tops out slightly over 450 FSB.

I picked up a used E6600 on the hopes that it would allow for a high FSB, but it doesn't seem to be doing the trick either. (Runs fine @ 3240 on stock air, but haven't had a chance to slap it under WC for a full run yet... :) ).

That said.... if you're not in too big of a hurry, go hunting at your local 4Sale forums in a month or so. I expect there will be a few older stepping C2Ds on the used market after the price of quads drops end of this month.
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Yea I hear you , wonder if Intels suckin us all in and then start lockin up their later cp's.More I think of it I'd be fine with 3.2 , guess any of them could do that uh? I mean the 3.4 - 3.5 is little difference right ?
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Well.... it is a 10% difference from stock.

Would you notice the difference outside of benchmarks???

Probably not. It might get you a few more FPS, but I doubt it'd be enough to make a major difference.

It's all relative anyways..... depending on where you're at now, a 3.2 C2D is still gonna scream!!!! :)
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you would notice the difference if you join our HCF folding team.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardw...ucks-f-h-team/

All those extra unused cycles would do some great research work, not to mention produce some nice points for our fledgling team.

a 4mb cache c2d will produce some stellar production ... not a lot of apps get as much juice out of extra cache, but it can mean 40% + when folding SMP.
So the best c2d's are the 6320, 6420, 6600. All should oc to 3.1 (stable folding) or more depending on mobo. They will often clock higher for benching and light duty work, but stable for folding (and anything else) is usually a bit lower.

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you would notice the difference if you join our HCF folding team.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardw...ucks-f-h-team/

All those extra unused cycles would do some great research work, not to mention produce some nice points for our fledgling team.

a 4mb cache c2d will produce some stellar production ... not a lot of apps get as much juice out of extra cache, but it can mean 40% + when folding SMP.
So the best c2d's are the 6320, 6420, 6600. All should oc to 3.1 (stable folding) or more depending on mobo. They will often clock higher for benching and light duty work, but stable for folding (and anything else) is usually a bit lower.
you mean I could leave it running while gaming online (bf2) without interference to the game?
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Well.... it is a 10% difference from stock.

Would you notice the difference outside of benchmarks???

Probably not. It might get you a few more FPS, but I doubt it'd be enough to make a major difference.

It's all relative anyways..... depending on where you're at now, a 3.2 C2D is still gonna scream!!!! :)
where im at now ? athalon xp 2.2 64 meg vid .....etc you get the idea
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