I'm glad they've been delayed. I can't see them out until the B3 Phenoms can be benchmarked. Also, Intel's Wolfdales and Penryns are in short supply. They should have held off on their system build articles too, as the 9550 is right around the corner (not to mention the 8550), so I can't see a B2 9500 as the recommended CPU for a budget system.
It may be my slack searching of the CPU charts but I couln't find the Q9450 in the charts and was disapointed at the thought I managed to get hold of a Q9450 for my home desktop before Toms could provide this info in that benchmark.
That's where you need individual reviews. The charts are a quick and dirty way to get an overview, but they aren't perfect by any means. They don't include the latest benchmarks as far as games are concerned, and they miss out on CPU/GPU combination comparisons found when reading new CPU reviews on different web sites.
So while we all wait for the new charts, maybe someone can tell me what CPU I should by.
My case: I have E6400, 2GB ram and Geforce 8800GTX, 24'' screen. I thought of upgrading to either E8400 or Q9450.
I use my machine primarily to hardware intensive games like crysis.
Based on my graphicscard and my native games resolution of 1920x1200, would it be ideal to upgrade to one of the above CPU's?
Would it bring me more frames pr. second?
If yes, which CPU to choose?
The CPU would help the lower FPS a lot and the E8400 would bring the most benefit to you for now due to higher stock clock speeds and OC ability. But Crysis is supposed to be a multithreaded game so there might be a time when they update it to utilize 4 cores better and that will be when a quad might have a bit better hand in the game.