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Q6600 vs. Q9550 / Q9550S

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bcp, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. bcp New Member

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    Thank you for all the great input you gave me for my Q6600 vs. E8400 post. I guess I am taking my Q6600 for granted; after all, it is almost two years old, my bad. So now share your thoughts with me on upgrading from the Q6600 to a Q9550 (95wt) or a Q9550S (65wt).
     
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    is 3-5% worth the $400 for that CPU?
     
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    The difference is minimal. The $400 could be spent on an i7 instead of a 45nm version of your current cpu.
     
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    The Q9550 isn't $400. It's only $275. And if he plans to overclock, it's worth every penny. If he does not plan to overclock, then I would say save the money for something else.
     
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    I believe $400 is for the new Q9550s no?

    Doesn't seem worth the $100 increase to reduce wattage by 30W, but then again this may help boost overclocks
     
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    Would it really be worth it for overclocking? Don't the Q6600's clock almost as well as Q9550's?
     
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    My Q6600 clocks to 3.6 Ghz and I havent even tried to go further. Unless you are a bench whore, I see no real reason to upgrade to a Q9550 as it will net little to not benefit for games/everyday use.
     
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    System Viper got 4.6ghz with a 920 and a Gigabyte UD4. Nothing wrong with the cheaper boards.

    If you plan to stay with 775 then the q9550 can not be beat. My e0 exceeded all of my expectations.
     
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    Yeah Thats what I mean, They are Really nice for the Price :rockout:
     
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    WEll he isn't really asking if it can't be beat. The Q9550 is obviously a better processor. More like he's asking with it be worth it to spend the extra cash, and if he is OC'ing the Q6600 I would say no. If he isn't OC'ing either of them then the Q9550 will be a good choice, but kind of a waste.
     
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    the 9550 clock for clock compared to a q6600 will only net you at MOST 5% more performance than the Q6600... due to is being 45nm, more cache, and a tighter transistor pack. IMO i wouldent bother as the Q6600 is still overkill for 98% of apps out there.
     
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    Just the opposite, actually. If he is OCing, the 9550 makes sense. The 9550 out OCs a Q6600, hands down, easily widening the gap between the cpus.
     
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    the 9550 will land him in the 3.6-3.9Ghz range (a few hit 4, not to often though) and a GOOD q6600 will do 3.6.... so the diffrence is going to be neglible at best.
     
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    Most all newer 9550's hit 4GHz if your board can clock them. Even the C1's hit 4Ghz with very few exceptions, and the E0's do even better in a good board. Not to mention they are already faster at the same clocks anyway.
     
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    It isn't opposite, the percentage difference between a 3.6ghz and 4.0 ghz is smaller than the difference than 2.4ghz vs 2.8ghz, both 400mhz gap, but quiet a bit smaller percentage.

    Since both processors close to 4ghz are going to beyond powerful enough for anything out there it will not be too much of a diffrence unless your benching. But the 2.4ghz clock on the Q6600 stock is a killer compare to 2.8ghz on the Q9550. So thats why I said what I said, the stock clock difference is the big one if he isn't OCing.
     
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    I see a big difference between 3.6 and 4 on my rig. I rip and re-encode a lot of movies, and the benefits are very obvious.

    Admittedly, It does depend on his intended usage tho. Gaming wont likely see a difference, but long-lasting cpu intensive tasks will, as will benchmarking if that's important to him.
     
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    They don't differ that much...
     
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