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November 19, 2007 3:26:44 PM

I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R board and a Zalman CNPS9500.

I have been looking at processor specifications, but it is really hard to tell which processor overclocks well from just technical data. Even between a Q6600 and an E2180, reading the information on forums and other overclocking sites, it seems that the E2180 overclocks much higher than the Q6600. The overclock maximum for the E2180 seems to be up in the 3.5Ghz range while the Q6600 seems to be at a lower 3.2GHz with heat issues. Here is probably the dumb part. I know for a fact that the Q6600 is going to be better performance wise regardless, but will the E2180 come anywhere close to the performance of the Q6600 when both overclocked?

This is the last component that I am getting for my build, even though it should have been one of the first, but as overclocking is going to get me the best performance value for the price regardless of what CPU I choose. But technical sheets for the Q6600, E6750, E4600, E2180 are not really helping because none of them really reflect potential overclock speeds. Thanks and sorry to all you guys that read all that.

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November 19, 2007 3:31:05 PM

A higher clocked 2180 will beat a Q6600 in "single" threaded apps (some games.. etc).

A lower speed Q6600 will tear the 2180 to shreads in multi-threaded apps (rendering, encoding, some games, etc).

I would nearly guarentee that 3.0 GHz on any retail G0 Q6600 is easily achievable. And really that's all you need.
November 19, 2007 3:37:41 PM

I agree with cnumartyr, the Q6600 will wipe the floor with the E2180 in multi-threaded apps.
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November 19, 2007 3:44:35 PM

Thanks, but what are some multi-threaded applications that are pretty common? I rarely use my build now for games at all. Mostly I do graphic work or mid-level video editing or AutoCAD. That's the reason I was really debating between those two processors. Whether or not to shell out an extra $150 to $175 for multi-threading if I don't really need it.
November 19, 2007 3:45:57 PM

ricehoshi said:
Thanks, but what are some multi-threaded applications that are pretty common? I rarely use my build now for games at all. Mostly I do graphic work or mid-level video editing or AutoCAD. That's the reason I was really debating between those two processors. Whether or not to shell out an extra $150 to $175 for multi-threading if I don't really need it.



What you mentioned are generally multi-threaded apps that will benefit from a quad core.
November 19, 2007 3:49:50 PM

Thanks cnumartyr. Looks like I am going to have to find $150 bucks lying around somewhere.
November 19, 2007 4:57:17 PM

ricehoshi said:
Thanks cnumartyr. Looks like I am going to have to find $150 bucks lying around somewhere.


What do you have now?

That extra $150 might be great for cost/performance. However if it's that big of an issue I really think you'd still be impressed by the performance of the E2180.

If you've never had a quad, you won't miss the quad.
November 19, 2007 5:55:10 PM

i don't have a processor yet, i have just been dancing around the e2180, e4600, e6750, e6850, q6600. i am comfortable shelling out more if it makes a difference, but overclocking a cpu changes the whole dimension because in most cases you can get better performance from cheaper processors that will outperform more expensive ones.
November 19, 2007 6:11:07 PM

ricehoshi said:
i don't have a processor yet, i have just been dancing around the e2180, e4600, e6750, e6850, q6600. i am comfortable shelling out more if it makes a difference, but overclocking a cpu changes the whole dimension because in most cases you can get better performance from cheaper processors that will outperform more expensive ones.


You can always add more clock speed by overclocking.

It's hard to overcome physically lacking 2 extra cores. Overclocking the Q6600 brings it's performance over that of the 6700, QX6800, and QX6850. :) 
November 19, 2007 6:14:30 PM

then if i get the q6600 does b3 or g0 stepping make a difference? i know a lot of people praise the g0 cause it's newer and runs cooler, but i think the differences may be too minimal to tell? or am i wrong on that?
November 19, 2007 6:17:32 PM

ricehoshi said:
then if i get the q6600 does b3 or g0 stepping make a difference? i know a lot of people praise the g0 cause it's newer and runs cooler, but i think the differences may be too minimal to tell? or am i wrong on that?


The G0 stepping dropped the thermals a ton.

Clubit.com sells guarenteed G0 stepping Q6600s. I got mine from there and it's been good so far. B3 is a bit "dated." I'd avoid it at this point if possible.
November 19, 2007 6:19:39 PM

thanks. once again you have successfully answered all of my questions. this is like the third thread where youve guided me through like everything... thanks. :D 
November 19, 2007 6:22:13 PM

ricehoshi said:
thanks. once again you have successfully answered all of my questions. this is like the third thread where youve guided me through like everything... thanks. :D 


Lol.. np.

Just ask me next time and I'll put a wishlist on Newegg for you. :kaola: 
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