With someone who can't even get the stepping right, and an under-informed title, its a little hard to convince others your neutrality in this.
First of all, G0 was never supposed to be a vastly superior stepping than B3. It was supposed to lower power consumption, heat dissipation, and slightly better in overclock. It basically lived up to its hype, as far as most users are concerned. After all, its still a Q6600.
I don't know what was your expectation for the new stepping, nor do i care. But posting something like this in the title is quite misleading. Next time when you're posting something like this, try title it "Q6600 G0 stepping review", which informs the readers about your thread's purpose. THEN you can add in your opinion in your post.
Interesting to see the first rigorous comparison here. Given all the hype around G0 stepping, getting some empirical data is useful, even if it's only a comparison on one rig (w/2 different steppings of Q6600).
Most relevant and interesting point had to do with their analysis of Load while Idle, although, even there, other variables factor in. Given the power savings they cite were about half of what Intel cited, it does suggest that the AMD Marketing guys aren't the only one willing to play a little optimistic with the truth in hopes of pumping up their sales (as w/AMD, they don't lie--just hide the important facts in small details many folks don't have the time to research!).
Don't want to turn this into an AMD-vs-Intel Fanboy War, but anybody who trusts in a brand name for its own sake is either silly or (more likely) looking in the wrong place for something to believe in...
As with any free market exercise, it's always about "buyer beware"!
That review doesn't correspond with what people are able to achieve all over forums. I've seen so many 4Ghz on air from G0's that I am considering that Anandtech might have gotten the worst chip of the bunch. I've seen complete n00bs on Xtreem forums OCing G0 to 3.6 Ghz with air while they didn't know how to tell the difference between it and B3 10 mins ago.
- No 2 chips are exactly the same
I write: (I am richer then Bill Gates)..
- Not everything written is true.
Damn I wish I was wrong for once...
- A review that contradicts a huge amount of post all over the net shouldn't be taken at face value and is to be reexamined.
of cause not everyone will be able to achieve a 4Ghz with their chips but I expect an average G0 overclock to be higher then Anandtech's review.