I'm pretty much a novice and have a choice between E8600 and Q9550 cpu's. Which one is best for gaming (using GTX280 gpu). I hear people talking about future proofing using quad but surely by the time it's relevant to gaming new quads will have been released. How soon will dual core be irrelevant? Looking to play games like Supreme Commander, Company of Heroes, World in Conflict, Crysis etc.
The price difference is a negligible £40 so purely a speed, power issue really....what would you advise?
nehalem... or i7... is target to release late 2008. Yes i7 is self overclocking, but the processor is not designed for high performance gaming. Intel said so themselves. They should be as good or just better as penryn.
I would go for the quad if you will keep it for a while. I am starting to look at stepping down from the q6600 to the e8600. If i7 releases on time, I may just step up to the q9770 for the price shall fall.
You need to keep in mind, that the idea "higher clocked duals outperform lower clocked quad on older non-quad optimized games" is a generalization that's only true if the difference in clock is large enough. If it's small, the quad will still outperform dual due to background processes being moved to spare cores, thus freeing up dedicated cores for the large application.
it will be another 2 years before we see all games take advantage of 4 cores, and by then 8 cores will be out and we will be wanting to know when games will take advantage of those,lol. Im going with a E8600 soon myself with a gtx280 gpu unless the 4870 x2 drops down in price in the next couple months.
Did you read last post and benchmarks? A slower quad will outperform a slightly faster dual even in old non-quad optimized games. The difference have to be big for dual to win out.