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April 29, 2013 11:55:52 AM

I'm trying to decide between Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9000 or a Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor X9000.

I currently have a core 2 duo at 2.2ghz 2m L2 cache


- I goofed, I meant to compare Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X7900 to the core 2 quad

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April 29, 2013 12:00:39 PM

Neither.
Get a new mobo and an ivy-bridge CPU for the same price, and it'll be lower power and faster performance...
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April 29, 2013 12:03:15 PM

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9000
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April 29, 2013 12:03:16 PM

ittimjones said:
Neither.
Get a new mobo and an ivy-bridge CPU for the same price, and it'll be lower power and faster performance...


It's for a laptop =/
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April 29, 2013 12:10:07 PM

The quad core will really help in multitasking.
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April 29, 2013 12:19:23 PM

Wait, wouldn't with the amount of money you would be spending on putting one of those very outdated processors into a very outdated laptop be better spent just buying a new one?
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April 29, 2013 1:38:47 PM

Zachariah Peterson said:
It's for a laptop =/

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The question would be which is more important, Mhz Speed, L2 Cache or transistor count.. maybe someone with the necessary experience can clear it up for us?. I could be wrong but I personally tend to believe speed is more important because a faster CPU would depend less on Cache Memory, therefore I would choose the one with better balanced specs between clock speed/transistor count to L2 Cache... also bus speed and number of cores.

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9100
(12M Cache, 2.26 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
http://ark.intel.com/products/family/37361

Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor X9100
(6M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
http://ark.intel.com/products/series/34451

All four CPUs comparison chart:
http://ark.intel.com/compare/35431,34443,37033,40480
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April 29, 2013 2:36:17 PM

Chicano said:
Zachariah Peterson said:
It's for a laptop =/

EDITED
The question would be which is more important, Mhz Speed, L2 Cache or transistor count.. maybe someone with the necessary experience can clear it up for us?. I could be wrong but I personally tend to believe speed is more important because a faster CPU would depend less on Cache Memory, therefore I would choose the one with better balanced specs between clock speed/transistor count to L2 Cache... also bus speed and number of cores.

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9100
(12M Cache, 2.26 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
http://ark.intel.com/products/family/37361

Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor X9100
(6M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
http://ark.intel.com/products/series/34451

All four CPUs comparison chart:
http://ark.intel.com/compare/35431,34443,37033,40480


Yeah i would be worried if I got the Core2 Quad that since my mobo is rated at 800mhz and its rated at 1066mhz that the processor would be limited anways.
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April 29, 2013 2:45:16 PM

Zachariah Peterson said:
Yeah i would be worried if I got the Core2 Quad that since my mobo is rated at 800mhz and its rated at 1066mhz that the processor would be limited anways.


Yes, and a 1066 Mhz CPU may not even work in your laptop... Also check if the BIOS meets the maximum volts to supply the CPU you want.
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April 29, 2013 2:57:10 PM

What are you doing on this laptop that the C2D you currently have isn't cutting it in that the two extra cores would matter? If it's gaming, are you sure a CPU upgrade is going to help you? Any rig that old is probably going to be limited graphically.
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April 29, 2013 3:54:19 PM

JD88 said:
What are you doing on this laptop that the C2D you currently have isn't cutting it in that the two extra cores would matter? If it's gaming, are you sure a CPU upgrade is going to help you? Any rig that old is probably going to be limited graphically.


Well I have my GPU Oc'd allowing me to play most of my games on the mid to higher end, i would like to upgrade my RAM but what I'm looking for is just too expensive because of it's scarcity, so I figured next best is an upgraded CPU, or a solid state.
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