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Windows 7: Wolfdale or Yorkfield ?

View Poll Results: Dual or Quad ?
Dual Core 5 26.32%
Quad Core 14 73.68%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

21 Jul 2009   #11
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

I know that's gonna be a little off topic, but have you found the SSD Intel Postville 80GB in stock at any shop near to you ?
Many retailers in my country have listed the 80, 160 and 320 GB drives on their website, but no stock yet.


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21 Jul 2009   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cov View Post
pparks1 ! I'm happy to speak with an Q9550 owner.
Please tell me, do you check the Task Manager sometimes ?
Would you know whether Speedstep kicks in usually and if yes, what the decrease is ?
I run CoreTemps and I believe that it shows me what the speed of the CPU is running at. Yes, SpeedStep is kicking in and it drops the CPU multiplier from 8.5 to 6.0. So, 376 x 6.0 = ~2.2Ghz.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cov View Post
With my Wolfdale's 3.0 GHz, Speedstep makes it go down to 2.0 Ghz.
Yeah, I think SpeedStep usually drops to 6.0...so that sounds about right.


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And does it show how busy the 4 cores are when you do stuff ?
Again, CoreTemps tells me this information. I'm currently running it as a gadget...so it's always on my desktop.

When my box is busy, the load is going around my cores. Sometimes, 1 is busy...sometimes 2 are busy. Then a few seconds later, 2 others are busy. It's extremely rare to see all 4 of them busy at any given time.


I think part of the key is having a case with good airflow and clean wiring. In my case, my PSU is in the bottom of my case and is separated from the top of the case. I also have a rather large case (Antec P182). And I tried my best to keep my wiring to an absolute minimum and out of the way. Here is a pic of the clean layout.
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21 Jul 2009   #13
mikinho
Microsoft MVP

6x W2K8 R2 (x64), 6x W7 7600 (x64), 2x Gentoo (x64), 1x Ubuntu 9.04 (x64), 1x pfSense (FreeBSD)
 
 

With Windows 7 supporting (pseudo) parrelling processing and .NET 4 (PLINQ) making it extremely easy even for novice programmers we should see quite a few applications benefiting from quad cores. Most games are currently being developed with multicore CPUs in mind as well. If you are planning to keep the computer for a while then go with the quad.
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21 Jul 2009   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cov View Post
I know that's gonna be a little off topic, but have you found the SSD Intel Postville 80GB in stock at any shop near to you ?
No, I haven't. However I have very few shops near me, (i usually mail order) and I'm not smitten yet for SSD drives...so I haven't ever shopped around for one yet.
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21 Jul 2009   #15
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

pparks and mikinho ... thank you !! yeah, it's gonna be the quad for me.
I think it's funny how the software decides to use this core and next time a different one.
Making it appear as if they're chosen by random.
Yeah, good airflow is important. When I check the heat sources in my mATX system, I frequently find the IGP heatsink to be the hottest spot while the CPU heatsink is always cool.
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21 Jul 2009   #16
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

Alright, have just placed an order for the CPU Q9550 (E0) for 189.90Euro = $ 268.- = 163.-

YAY !!

Thanks for your help again !!

Edit: When it arrives, I'll be the lucky owner of Wolfdale & Yorkfield.
Now I feel like selling my E8400 (C1), to get the (E0) Stepping instead.
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21 Jul 2009   #17
DJG

 

Here's my Win 7 core activity doing routine "housework": IE8, Outlook, several RAID, mouse/keyboard and UPS monitors, etc. on a Core i7 920 ...


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21 Jul 2009   #18
lokiundergod

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I've read internet posts of people getting much higher than I am seeing......but it doesn't seem to be a problem whatsoever on my machine. Temps are fine, my fans rarely (if ever) increase in speed and I've never had a crash or lockup. I've been very happy with this CPU.
The temps posted aren't really accurate, anyway--by admission of Intel. I just couldn't get the stock cooler on right.
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22 Jul 2009   #19
bhuulo

 

Depends what u want to do with it... For gaming Core2Duo is better but for applications Quad Core is better. but why Dual Core in the poll and not Core2Duo
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22 Jul 2009   #20
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

Have just ordered my new parts last night ... finally ...

Well, I would have prefered 2 x 4 GB module over 2 x 2 GB ones, but they don't seem to be in stock anywhere.

Then, I'm gonna build the 140 mm fan from Scythe into the front pane of the PC case.
Only problem is going to be, how to get an accurate circle cut into the aluminium.
Never done this before, hmm ..

Once I had a fan with blue LEDs built in, the PC case looked so awesome at night.
That's why I'm gonna try to put these blue LEDs from Revoltec in the new PC-Q07.

And regarding the mouse, I had tried so many mice in my life (I mean PC mice, doh !).
But to be honest, I always come back to this Basic Mouse as it seems to be tailored for my hand.
That's maybe just a question of taste.

The Xilence CPU cooler is not the strongest one around, but there are not many coolers for Mini iTX existing.
Besides this, it has propper fixing on the motherboard and not the stupid push-pin solution, that can bend the board.
Had loved to get Thermaltake's MeOrb but that was not in stock.
Maybe I will get that one later.

Ahhh, and my new Quad ... I was so unsure but thanks to you guys I could finally make my mind up.
I'm gonna see if the quad is gonna work in the Mini iTX system.

The HDD ... the new Samsung F2 drives seem to be rather nice with their new 500GB platters.
They suppose to run cooler and quieter, but at the end I decided for WD because of the consistent good reviews.
Reliabiltiy is very important in regards to storage devices as you know.

I would have love to get an SSD, but the new Intel Postville are just hitting the market these days.
AnandTech: >>> Intel's 34nm SSD Preview: Cheaper and Faster? <<<

I'm so looking forward ...

Yay !!

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