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does 3mb cache vs 6mb cache make a big difference?

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June 27, 2008 4:17:17 PM

So I am trying to make a build to play most MMO's and RPG's (and the occassional RTS) on max settings, but if I must make some concessions on AA or shadows, its cool. 1680x1050 resolution. Graphics card is going to be a single 4870.

So now I must decide on either a e7200 or e8400. I can (attempt) to OC the e7200 to what... 3.4ghz with relative ease? And the e8400 to 3.6 or 3.8~ with relative ease?

Will the 3mb cache make a difference, because every penny I can save on the CPU is money on the GPU :-)

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June 27, 2008 4:36:48 PM

yes, indeed it makes a difference. but im not really sure how much of difference will this make.

these two chips do overclock. but i dont know what is their "relative ease" limit. i know of my q6600 is 3Ghz. (tho that wont help u in ur case)
June 27, 2008 4:53:33 PM

hmmm anyone have any benchmarks? Ive googled it and cant find any comparisons of the two
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June 27, 2008 5:04:29 PM

If you are gaming, the E8400 is better suited due to larger cache.
June 27, 2008 6:41:03 PM

The E7200 can not overclock to 3.4 "relatively easy", my E6750 only goes to 3.2 "relatively easy" and the E7200 does not OC as well, but not by too much. Expect 3.2 on the E7200 and buy that because if you can put the extra $60+ into RAM or GPU/s then that will make a larger difference.
June 27, 2008 6:59:29 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
The E7200 can not overclock to 3.4 "relatively easy", my E6750 only goes to 3.2 "relatively easy" and the E7200 does not OC as well, but not by too much. Expect 3.2 on the E7200 and buy that because if you can put the extra $60+ into RAM or GPU/s then that will make a larger difference.



with a 9.5x multiplier I can imagine the 7200 getting those numbers without too much trouble
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