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May 7, 2007 2:06:32 AM

Quick question before I make my order. Is the 6320 worth the extra 54$ or can I get a 4300 to run at roughly the same speeds. I want to OC to about 2.8 and leave it at that. What performance difference if any will there be between a 4300 and a 6320?

While I am here also wanted to know about Raid. I have a Seagate 250GB 16MB Cache. 250 ought to be plenty for me but I was going to get another 250 and raid em. Is it worth it? What kind of performance am I going to get out of it?

THanks for your time guys.

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May 7, 2007 2:24:16 AM

Well i thin the 6320 will be better if you are going to bring the e6320 to 2.8ghz and the e4300 to 2.8ghz the e6320 have 4mb cache witch will perform better in some apps.
May 7, 2007 4:34:48 AM

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Well i thin the 6320 will be better if you are going to bring the e6320 to 2.8ghz and the e4300 to 2.8ghz the e6320 have 4mb cache witch will perform better in some apps.


Of course it would, but the question is it is worth $50 over the E4300? IMO, no way. There is only about a 5% difference between an E6320 and E4300 in real world performance, you won't be able to tell the two apart, so why pay $50 more?

You also need more expensive memory and an excellent overclocking mobo to reach the full overclock potential due to the low 7x multiplier, which means higher FSB and RAM speeds are required compared to the 9x multi E4300,
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May 7, 2007 5:22:54 AM

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You also need more expensive memory and an excellent overclocking mobo to reach the full overclock potential due to the low 7x multiplier, which means higher FSB and RAM speeds are required compared to the 9x multi E4300,


For 2.8GHz with the 6320 you would need to run 400fsb. Though it is true that you need good components to run this fsb, you should see some performance improvement over running the 4300 at 311fsb because of the increased memory and fsb speed. That on top of the increased cache size makes the investment show a bit more performance. The question then is whether or not the higher fsb really is going to cost you more for your RAM and motherboard?
May 7, 2007 6:01:15 AM

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Well i thin the 6320 will be better if you are going to bring the e6320 to 2.8ghz and the e4300 to 2.8ghz the e6320 have 4mb cache witch will perform better in some apps.


Of course it would, but the question is it is worth $50 over the E4300? IMO, no way. There is only about a 5% difference between an E6320 and E4300 in real world performance, you won't be able to tell the two apart, so why pay $50 more?

You also need more expensive memory and an excellent overclocking mobo to reach the full overclock potential due to the low 7x multiplier, which means higher FSB and RAM speeds are required compared to the 9x multi E4300,

Agreed :D 
May 7, 2007 7:24:32 AM

Just wondering if you have thought about the e6400/e6420. They are only about 20$ more right now. They only reason im bringing this up is because i just overclocked my 6400 and have it running at 3.2GHz with the stock cooler.

I think here on tomshardware they actually overclocked a 6400 and it was outstanding.

Good luck with your system!
May 7, 2007 7:55:01 AM

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You also need more expensive memory and an excellent overclocking mobo to reach the full overclock potential due to the low 7x multiplier, which means higher FSB and RAM speeds are required compared to the 9x multi E4300,


For 2.8GHz with the 6320 you would need to run 400fsb. Though it is true that you need good components to run this fsb, you should see some performance improvement over running the 4300 at 311fsb because of the increased memory and fsb speed. That on top of the increased cache size makes the investment show a bit more performance. The question then is whether or not the higher fsb really is going to cost you more for your RAM and motherboard?

The extra cache + FSB would only amount to a ~5% improvement over the E4300 clock for clock.

For that 5% improvement, using a 'modest' 3GHz overclock as a yardstick, you'll need:

E6320: 428FSB / DDR2-857
E4300: 333FSB / DDR2-667

The difference in FSB may or may not necessitate a more 'powerful' mobo for overclocking. Some P965 boards can do 450FSB, the best can do 500FSB+, but many top out between 400 - 450FSB, so 3GHz is by no means guaranteed on an E6320 unless you specifically get the 'overclockers' boards like the Gigabyte DS3. You'll also need DDR2-800 minimum for o/cing an E6320.

Compared to the E4300, which can make do with a lesser mobo that handles ~350FSB, as well as DDR2-667, you can end up saying up to $100 on the platform cost compared to the E6320.

$100 for a 5% clock for clock difference? I'd take that. :wink: 8)
May 7, 2007 11:17:01 AM

well I already have this Patriot Ram, and I was planning on getting either the DS3 or this Open Box Board.

From what I have read either of those are decent boards and the Ram ought to do for a mediumish overclock like that. The main thing I wanted to know is what kind of performance am I gaining for 50$? If I gain 5% and pay 50% more it just doesn't add up! Other than the DS3 is there a good board for what I have in mind?
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