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Windows 7: CPU advice being sort.

24 Jul 2010   #11
whs
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Very nicely said, thanks. Yes, we try to help.


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24 Jul 2010   #12
steve-pressman

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It is also a great place to learn stuff too, even things I know nothing about intrigue me and I learn a little each day from our experts



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24 Jul 2010   #13
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
So as the Q6600 is one of the lower end quad core CPU's unless I spend a lot of money then it aint worth it and as housry23 stated the E6600 will give my PC the kick of life it needs.

Thanks guys.
One thing I haven't seen in the thread: what's your application?

If it's gaming, the fastest CPU clock may be what you need. I've seen tests of existing games that show essentially no advantage to having more than 2 cores. If it's appplications that can use multiple threads (Photoshop, video editing, CAD), get a quad core.

You might get a small performance gain if you could use a Core2 CPU rather than a dual core Pentium. The Core2 has a larger cache. (Caching is used to overcome the limited speed of the system RAM.)

I had a Q6600. I didn't find it to be a slug, but overclocking helped. However, it's an old chip, and it may not even be available at retail in the USA any more. If memory serves, the Q6600 may have used two dies; the newer quads use one, and may give better performance as a result.

I get pleasure from complicating other people's decisions, if it's not obvious.
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24 Jul 2010   #14
BugOutMachine

Windows 7 / Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
So as the Q6600 is one of the lower end quad core CPU's unless I spend a lot of money then it aint worth it and as housry23 stated the E6600 will give my PC the kick of life it needs.

Thanks guys.
I think you got it right. BugOutMachine also summarized it well in his post.

Thanks!

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24 Jul 2010   #15
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

What performance improvement would a core 2 duo E4400 give me, they cost about £90 so would one of them be better that the dual core, or am I best sticking with the E6600?
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24 Jul 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The E4400 is a 2GHz processor. That is no barnstormer. For Internet and office applications it is probably OK.
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24 Jul 2010   #17
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The E4400 is a 2GHz processor. That is no barnstormer. For Internet and office applications it is probably OK.

So I should stick with the E6600.
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24 Jul 2010   #18
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The E4400 is a 2GHz processor. That is no barnstormer. For Internet and office applications it is probably OK.

So I should stick with the E6600.
Unquestionably.

Pentium E6600:

IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® Processor E6600 (2M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 FSB) with SPEC Code(s) SLGUG

(3.06GHz, 2MB cache, 1066MHz FSB, 45nm, 65W, no hyperthreading, introduced 2010)

Core2 Duo E4400:

IntelĀ® Coreā„¢2 Duo Processor E4400 (2M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) with SPEC Code(s) SLA3F, SLA98

(2.0GHz, 2MB cache, 800MHz FSB, 45nm, 65W, no hyperthreading, introduced 2007)
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24 Jul 2010   #19
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The E4400 is a 2GHz processor. That is no barnstormer. For Internet and office applications it is probably OK.

So I should stick with the E6600.
Unquestionably.

Pentium E6600:

IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® Processor E6600 (2M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 FSB) with SPEC Code(s) SLGUG

(3.06GHz, 2MB cache, 1066MHz FSB, 45nm, 65W, no hyperthreading, introduced 2010)

Core2 Duo E4400:

IntelĀ® Coreā„¢2 Duo Processor E4400 (2M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) with SPEC Code(s) SLA3F, SLA98

(2.0GHz, 2MB cache, 800MHz FSB, 45nm, 65W, no hyperthreading, introduced 2007)
So how do they justify charging you more for less?
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24 Jul 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
So how do they justify charging you more for less?
Good question. I assume it is a supply matter. This is a relatively old processor (which does not mean that it is not good) and maybe they have a surplus in their stock. But I am only guessing.
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