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Q9450 or Q6600

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by r4tch3t, 17 Mar 2008.

  1. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    Hi I have a small problem here, I am about to (finally) build a new PC, but I don't know if I should spend the extra for a Q9450 or stick with the Q6600.
    I will be gaming and re-encoding DVDs on it so the SSE4 instructions on the Q9450 are a benefit, but is it worth it?

    Rest of system will have
    8800GT
    4x1GB DDR2 800
    P35 mobo
    750GB 7200.11 HDD
    Vista home premium 64-bit

    EDIT: Also would the price of the Q9450 come down in the next month or so?
     
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  2. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Unrepentant Savage

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    Haven't even seen a place with the 9450 listed. if I did, lots better proc for the money.
     
  3. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    The Q9450 is £220 (on scan.co.uk). I doubt that its going to come down in price for a while as Intel has no competition. It'll be faster than a Q6600 (over twice as much cache), but I don't know if that extra performance is worth £70 more.

    If you're feeling flash get the Q9450, otherwise get a Q6600. :)
     
  4. Zargon

    Zargon Master of the Universe

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    Are you planning to overclock? If so the Q9450 has a lower multiplier than the Q6600, which means you need a board and ram capable of high FSB, meaning you might need to spend more on those components as well.

    I'm going for the Q9450, but I recognise that bang for buck its not as good as the Q6600 because the percentage increase in performance is not as much as the percentage increase in price.
     
  5. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    price won't come down anytime soon, as ^^^ said.

    why not wait for benchmark, and see what's the typical overclock of q9450, and also see if SSE4 gets a large enough benefit? if both are good, and with £70, you'll know which one to choose.

    personally, i think q6600 is good, since penryn is only a die shrink. but i might change my mind once i see overclock results
     
  6. WhiskeyAlpha

    WhiskeyAlpha What's a Dremel?

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    oaksed is right of course that the Q9450 is faster than a Q6600. Whether or not you feel the speed advantage is worth the £70 is of course, your descision.

    However, Zargon makes a crucial point that I've been trying to express for some time:

    Due to the 8x multiplier that the Q9450 uses you'll need a motherboard capable of a pretty high FSB to overclock it. For example, to achieve 3.6Ghz (which is pretty routine for the Q6600) the Q9450 will need an FSB of 450Mhz. That's asking a lot of most P35 boards, without lots of extra volts and potential stability problems. The same 450Mhz would get your Q6600 to 4050Mhz (provided the chip was capable).

    I think an easy way to sum it up is to say that the Q6600 is still going to be the quad weapon of choice for money concious overclockers, whereas the Q9450 will appear to a more hardcore line (i.e. those with X38 boards and 1000Mhz+ RAM). :thumb:
     
  7. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    iv heard of people saying that the Q6600 will be crap by the time software can make use of all four cores. i believe that to be utter crap!

    The Q6600 clocked at 3GHz+ will be around for along time. mines overclocked to 3.6GHz, and it throttles back to 2.4GHz at idle and during load it sometimes dosen't need to speed up.

    come to think about it i have never maxed all four cores on load!
     
  8. Zargon

    Zargon Master of the Universe

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    Why don't you look up some benchmarks/reviews of the already released penryn chips to get an idea of the %performance increase specifically for SSE4 type useage. That should help you decide.
     
  9. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    Cheers guys, since this will have to last me throughout Uni, I will get the Q6600 as I can overclock it later down the line better than the Q9450 could.
     
  10. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    One more thing, which motherboard should I get? Currently the ASUS P5K is looking good for the money link. Any other suggestions?
    Looking at $200-250NZD, prices from here. I can stretch if needed, but only if its worth it over the ASUS.
     
  11. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    god that's expensive! wait, it's NZD, not USD.

    still, 255NZD for an Abit iP35??

    anyway, this Gigabyte P35 DS3R have many good reviews, i think this is worth considering
     
  12. atomu

    atomu Qa#sI2~`Jzdf is my password

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    i've same ?? for Q66 or Q9. decided to save up 2 mth for Q9.
     
  13. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    Cheers, will read the review later. The downside I can see so far is no heat sinks on the PWMs where the P5K has a heat sink on one.
     

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