I never say it is better to use 8* than 9*, just q6600 use 9 and x3210 use 8 . if his target is 3.2 Ghz to 3.4 Ghz, then the cheap cpu is always better choice. I search internet about x3210 before purchase it from clubit. everyone rate this chip is same or better than Q6600. not the max frequency, But voltage requirement run 3.2 Ghz.
I think server chip is always better than desktop chip if they are running the same frequency.
i dont see why some1 would buy a x3210 ! for the price difference it dsnt worth it at all !!!like 40$ max difference between a 2.13 / 2.40 cpu ... and i guess q6600 will produce less heat than a x3210 at 3.2 ghz both ...
high ends cpu for max 40$ , imo it dont even need to think about it ..
"guess q6600 will produce less heat than a x3210 at 3.2 ghz both"
if both cpu run the same speed, the heat generater will depend in the cpu voltage only.
and you call the under 300 dollars cpu high end, LOL. try get a q9650 and push to 4Ghz, that is high end!