Enjoy, the Q6600 (I intend on picking a Xeon version up, if its price follows suit, heard they're more stable) is going down about to about half of its price again. That, and the 333 (Or, 1333 for the people unfamiliar with 965 Mobo Overclocking) FSB chips are supposedly coming out.
If those are the 45nm versions, which I doubt since they are still labeled Kentsfield and not Yorkfield, then for sure they can easily surpass 3.0GHz, possibly hitting the Penryn demo speeds at 3.33GHz on stock air.
But since those are labeled as Kentsfield cores, I'd be conservative and stick with 2.96GHz
I think they are the 65nm Q6600, the same as is availiable today.
I thought most people already knew the prices were going to be like this near the end of the summer.
It's a good thing I'm planning on building around then. Either the 6850 or the q6600. Incredible prices. And I was thinking a 2900xtx, if it is out. For some reaon I think it is going to be better then the 8900gtx or whatever nvidia will release. I think it's 512 bit memory interface is a good advantage. Now they jsut need to give it the ability to use that bandwidth. Don't take what I think as a fact or anything, it's just what I think (or hope) might happen. I'll get whatever card is the best for my price range when the time comes.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. They're both $266. I have a feeling the 6850 will be the better buy. What do you guys think?
Depends on what you do with your PC I guess. For *most* people dual core is more than enough, however some enthusiasts/professionals use software that takes advantage of massive multithreading...
Remember, you can always overclock the CPU, but nothing can be done to double the core count.
The Q6600 should have no problem overclocking to 3GHz+ anyway, so if given the choice I'd take the Q6600 over the E6850. You get the best of both worlds - excellent single and multithreaded performance. 8)
Well looks like I'm going for quad core for the next upgrade after all. That way it will last me a bit longer than a year.
I know it's wishful thinking, but I'm building my dual quad with the expectation that it's gonna see Christmas 2010. I am sick and tired of running on the constant upgrade hamster wheel. I've been on it for over 26 years!