I don't want to start a debate on which is better. I've seen countless threads around the net about it. Q6600 is probably better all-around and in the future, but e8500 is better for games out now and other applications that don't utilize the 4 cores. Anyway, does anyone have any benchmarks of the two on games and other things. I want to see how much better the e8500 is on games out now.
p.s. please don't start the fight lol...ive heard it all. benchmarks!
Here are some benchies, but unfortunately they don't OC the Q6600. Either one is a great gamer Overclocked, at stock speeds I'd rather be on the e8500. Notice, at high resolutions (typcially what you would be gaming at) the Q6600 has no problem keeping up with the GPU and matching the e8500. http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/intel_core_2_duo_e8...
The fact of the matter is, more and more games are becoming multi-core optimized (Age Of Conan is one example). Right now I have to agree with you without a doubt the the E8500 performs better in games. The future will without a doubt completely transition to multi-core solutions. So sure, the E8500 performs better by about 10% on average in games now, BUT we are coming into an age where everything will soon be multi-core optimized and the quads will most definitely out perform the duos. So if you like a fast solution to increase your processing speed it games right now, Go for the E8500. If you want something that will deliver without a doubt, better results in the very near future and for years to come, Step up to the quad cores (def with Nehalem coming soon).
If and one disagrees, well ill pinch you a loaf salad right now and you can just eat IT! jk
BUT we are coming into an age where everything will soon be multi-core optimized and the quads will most definitely out perform the duos.
If only that were true.
Software company A: "My product runs just fine as a single threaded program"
Software company B: "Why should I have to pay my expensive programmers to stop working & go back to learning to code programs for multi-threading?
Software company C: "How much extra will I earn if I make all those multi-threading changes? "
Soon, when that day and age comes, I'll be ready with a new motherboard and a new cpu that's much faster than a q6600.
Kinda has, Age of Conan is multicore, Mass Effect is multicore, Supreme Commander is multicore, Bioshock is multicore, Assassin's Creed is multicore, Gear of War is Mulitcore, UT3 is multicore.
As to a response to WR2, You must not have payed attention much to my original post where I said that the better option is the E8500 right now. I just said that a better option for future proofing is a quad core processor.
Your logic could have come into play when the transition from single core with higher bus speeds, to duo core went into effect. Sure games back then ran just fine on the single core, then software companies needed a source that would supply more processing power. By optimizing to duo core, they achieved that very effectively.
If you cant see how that is the exact same thing that we are dealing with now, then guess your blind.
They had the pay their expensive programmers to learn to code programs for duo core
How much extra did they earn from single to duo core changes? Not much, applicable here as well.
Multicore optimization is coming very soon, as it is already in play with quite a few mainstream titles now. Its how things work, until we can free ourselves of transistors all together, this patern will continue.
Ok so from my experience, I have had a q6600 for over a year now i usually oc it to 2.6 or 2.7 most i want to do with the stock cooler right now. My girlfriend just got a e8400, and in css it blows my cpu away. I have a q6600 2.6 with a 4870 512mb visiontek. She has a 3.0 wolfdale e8400 with a 4850 512mb and it beats the pants off of my computer. But one thing I have noticed is that I believe my computer runs windows 7 more smoothly. We both recently upgraded to windows 7. She gets a solid 130fps in css where as mine will drop down to 75? And she hits a max fps of 305 where i get a max of 250? I am going to upgrade to the 8500 and a 5870 as soon as possible. So from what I gather... windows 7 shows me that yes multicores even a q6600 not a true quad core has the ability to be better than a faster dual core. I hope we can just get a good gaming quad in the next year hopefully intel makes one because im not buying a new mobo mine supports crossfire and im sticking with it! They called me crazy, but I think im sitting pretty good. Btw F mushkin they sent me back replacement memory that wasnt even what i ordered, for 120 dollars and 2 months later it cost 30 bucks.... bastards.... OCZ for life. Gskeil is also dope.