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questions about the new Q6600 stepping

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August 18, 2007 1:30:16 AM

Now that the prices on the Q6600 have somewhat stabelized i thought i would upgrade to it. I have been looking around to see if this if the one for me, and i see alot of people saying to get the GO stepping over the B3 stepping. i really dont know what this means and I was wondering if there is a big difference in them. I will mostly be using this for games, so i was unsure if i should look for one with a sertain stepping over the other, and how would i tell the difference when i buy it??
Thanks :hello: 
August 18, 2007 3:24:42 AM

Stepping is basically the version. The G0 stepping is the newer version of the intel cores while B3 was the older Q6600 version. The G0 stepping has a power rating of 95 watts compared to the B3's 105 watts. The G0 also has a higher thermal rating of 72*C compared to the B3's 62*C. Basically G0 is supposed to run cooler and overclock a bit better.
August 18, 2007 7:33:14 AM

huge difference - i posted in july i did not think there would be but intel fixed many flaws
infact: all new chips are running much cooler the 6550 rocks!

go g0