Well, I want to get the best performance possible, at the best price. I was wandering, if I OC'd both of these with liquid cooling, will both the CPUs get to a maximum of 4GHz? Or can the E6600 go the difference higher. I don't know if this is a stupid question but I looked at the OC threads and everyone seems to use E6400 and OC it to 3.5-4.0 Ghz (w/ liquid cooling). I was just wandering if the permformance/money ratio was better for the E6400? Or can you push the E6600 200-300MHz higher than the E6400 to get a sweet 4.2-4.3GHz max?
P.S. I plan on using a ASUS P5W DH Deluxe, only becuase I can get it for real cheap from a friend.
oh...would 4.2-3 w/ a C2D be awesome. I think there's like some kind of voltage thingy where when you go to high it likes fuses the inside of the chip. I dunno tho...
First off if you cana reach the same clock speed on both the 6400 and 6600, you will have a 0-10% chip with the 6400 due to the 2Meg of cache. The performance depends on wich app you are running and in general is a bit under 5% difference.
The 6400 is the chip of choice for higher OC because of it's lower price and lower Multiplier, you can genreally reach higher stable OC OC on a certain memory speed. But even with the 6600, you can lower the multiplier and probably reach the same OC as I think your cooling will be the bottle neck and not the chip themself!
For reaching 4ghz while running without CPU divider, you will need DDR1000 and a good chipset, these are expensive, you can always save money on the CPU.
Both will offer trenmedous performance at the 3.5-4ghz range, look at what motherboard/ram you want to get, do some research to see what is the MAX FSB suppport by the FSB and calculate wich one will be better for you!