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Old February 3, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Talking Q6600 vs. E8400 - Everyone else has this thread, so why not?

This thread or some variation on it appears in a lot of the major hardware forums.

I'm a member of [H] and XS, but I consider this my "home" forum for hardware so I figured we needed our own version. (Well, probably not, but here it is anyway)

So here's my spin on this:

I have both processors and one will end up being sold.

Q6600 runs at 3.6 GHz on 1.45v and runs about 45-75 temp-wise.

E8400 runs at 4.25 GHz (But craps out Orthos after about 3-4 hours, so I'm still figuring it out, trying higher volts and then maybe lowering to 4.15 or something, also waiting for my Redlines so I can try 550 FSB (maybe 7.5x550 or something)

My usage is primarily (90%) gaming at 1920x1200 and I do some home video editing (once in a blue moon, so not a huge priority).

I imagine the 2 cores and higher clock of the E8400 (plus the 3MB cache per core) will be better for my needs than the 4 cores at a lower clock on the Q6600 at 2MB cache per core.

What are thoughts/opinions on the subject around here?
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Old February 3, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Just remember, all E8400 chips (like all others) are not made the same. I've seen a pair of them struggle to hit 4.0Ghz while there are a few out there that can hit 4.5Ghz with ease.
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Old February 3, 2008, 11:34 AM
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TechGage reviewed it and on Sandra multi media benches which supposedly take full advantage of quad cores, it beat the Q6600 @ stock while clocked at 4.2. that is quite an overclcok, but core per core and clock per clock, the e8400 is processing more data in this test.

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Old February 3, 2008, 11:39 AM
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Just remember, all E8400 chips (like all others) are not made the same. I've seen a pair of them struggle to hit 4.0Ghz while there are a few out there that can hit 4.5Ghz with ease.
Yeah, well I guess I'll have to judge myself once I find a stable OC for the E8400, but so far it's doing alright in Prime95 after 2 hours at 8x500

In Ortho it's always core 1 (0?) that's failing, which is also the one that registers higher temps in Coretemp. I think I'll reseat this week (waiting for MX-2 to come in stock at Canada Computers)

The question was somewhat theoretical, I guess.
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TechGage reviewed it and on Sandra multi media benches which supposedly take full advantage of quad cores, it beat the Q6600 @ stock while clocked at 4.2. that is quite an overclcok, but core per core and clock per clock, the e8400 is processing more data in this test.
Why would they compare those 2 at those speeds....
  • 4.2GHz is a very, very good oc on the E8400.
  • We're talking performance here, why leave the Quad at stock? Stock! Jeez, many are able to run those at 3.0GHz on air / 3.6GHz on water?
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Why would they compare those 2 at those speeds....
  • 4.2GHz is a very, very good oc on the E8400.
  • We're talking performance here, why leave the Quad at stock? Stock! Jeez, many are able to run those at 3.0GHz on air / 3.6GHz on water?
My Q6600 was at 3.6 on air.
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Why would they compare those 2 at those speeds....
  • 4.2GHz is a very, very good oc on the E8400.
  • We're talking performance here, why leave the Quad at stock? Stock! Jeez, many are able to run those at 3.0GHz on air / 3.6GHz on water?
It's just one of the comparisons that sandra supplies for a similar system (one of three) when your bench results are presented I think.

It doesn't say all that much, but I just wanted to bring his attention to that new review in case he hadn't seen it.
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Sometimes I wonder what people think when they benchmark and compare components - why not try to compare apples to apples. For me, this is a pointless benchmark.

And I'm not saying this against you!

BTW, here's the webpage from Techgage: Techgage - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz - Wolfdale Arrives.

@ zlojack, I know that some have pushed their Quads at 3.6GHz on air, but most often that speed is reached using water.
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I have both, and prefer the quad. E8400 is now in my folding rig folding @ 4Ghz and stock volts.
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Old February 11, 2008, 12:02 PM
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Still trying to decide.

I have both listed on Craigslist. Maybe whichever sells first

Probably won't make that much of a difference in the end.
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