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QX6700 Quad core vs Dual Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800

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December 5, 2006 7:31:08 PM

Alright I have the choice of these two CPU's and I was wondering which will perform better with two 8800 GTX's, anyhow the people I am building the PC from currently do not have the Quad cores in stock but will have them within 3 weeks. So my question is , what is the performance difference between the two, is the quad core even better then the dual X6800? Thanks.
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December 5, 2006 7:56:35 PM

You cannot have two X6800, they dont support SMP, so that's a moot point.

For the same price, I would get the quad because you can most likely overclock it 266mhz and get the same performance in all the application and in encoding and such get a really good boost.

For current game and most games coming next year, you won't see a performance increase with a quad core. You will however get a higher 3Dmark score =).

If you mainly play games, don't want to wait 3 weeks, can save 300$, got the X68 route otherwise I think you get more for your money with the QX67.
December 5, 2006 7:59:12 PM

For gaming you're going to want the higher clocked X6800. Until games really start to take advantage of multi-threading the lower clocked quad core won't do as good.
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December 5, 2006 8:16:36 PM

But even so, the X6800 will overclock way more than the QX6700...
However, having such a budget to spend, i'd be more intrigued by the quad core. ;) 
December 5, 2006 8:19:09 PM

Yea I am mostly a gamer but not strictly going to be using it for gaming, I heard that the 8800 GTX's make use of the quad cores is that true?
December 5, 2006 8:30:33 PM

No, not directly at least.
But next year, some DX10 games (Alan Wake) will start to surface which could put a quad core to some use.
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December 5, 2006 8:37:23 PM

If I was to shell 1000$ on a CPU I'd go for the quad core so it can at least be somewhat 'future proof'.

If I want a dual core I go with E6600 and get it to 3.6ghz simple as that =)

That's a personal opinion, even if the cores are idle 80% of the time still nice to have hem hehe.
December 5, 2006 9:09:30 PM

Yea guess im going to tough it out for another 2 weeks or so , can not wait for my new system to get in. :evil: 
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