Just a quick question, If you have a Mobo that allows you to change the clock multiplier, Is there any good reason to get the E8500 when you can get the E8400 and adjust the multiplier? or are the multipliers locked in the CPU? would the native 9.5x 8500 OC higher in the long run?
Basically all NON-Extreme C2D or C2Q have their stock multi locked. Or in other words the Extreme version, you can change the multi higher then its stock multi.
When you totally disable speed step (C1E/EIST) you will be able to adjust the multi to a lower one, but you can't adjust it higher then its stock multi. So the reason that you may see a multi setting is only there for speedstep. It could not adjust the speed if it was totally locked down.
Also I agree with pausert20.
So for an example on numbers (comparison for like E8400 and E8500):
Lets just say this would be its stock (1066 rated FSB):
266x9=2394 or 2.4ghz
266x10=2660 or 2.66ghz
Now to OC
325x9=2925 or 2.9
325x10=3250 or 3.2ghz
So the higher multi gives you more boost at the same FSB speed.