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Windows 7: Which processor is better?

26 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Which processor is better?

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4GHz (8MB L2 Cache) - Q6600


Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.66GHz (4MB L2 Cache) Q8400

From my computer knowledge the Q6600 is better over the Q8400. Someone tell me otherwise? I will be gaming, YouTube videos

Technical Specifications for both processors (List) link: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor - Specifications

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26 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Got the answer. I was wrong.

Bench - CPU - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

From what I know from the intel website in the above post, the transistor size of the processor is smaller, therefore it doesn't require as much Caching as the Q6600 does.

Q6600 = 65nm
Q8400 = 45nm
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26 Mar 2011   #3

Vista/Windows 7

I have the Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.66GHz Q8400 and cant complain, has been brilliant for me...but please bare in mind before that I was on a P4 so there was quite a difference in performance for me.

I cant compare it to the Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4GHz - Q6600 as I don't know any different
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26 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks for the reply. I like your positive input on the specific processor. I haven't had/used many processor's to compare it myself, which led me to the comparison benchmarks.

I've had:
Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4GHz - Q6600 - PC
Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.66Ghz - Q8400 (Haven't used) - PC
Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.26 - Mac
Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.46 - PC
PowerPC G4 @ 1.33GHz - Mac
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26 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

cache performance and size has nothing to do with the size of the transistors. You'll see a mixed bag of performance tests - the processor with the larger cache will work better in some applications than the higher speed processor and vice versa.
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