Good cpu upgrade?
Hi,I have a intel core duo E6600 65nm@ 2.40GHZ model F and was looking to upgrade to a E8500 and was wondering if I would see a difference? The E 6600 is not overclocked. Thank you
E8500 is not substantially faster. It's not enough of a gap to justify spending $200 on it. You should consider ocing that e6600 first. It goes easily to 3.6ghz, at which point it outperforms a stock e8500 by a large margin. You save $200. Otherwise get a quad core to make it a real upgrade. The future is multithreaded. A dual (2 cores, 2 threads) won't stand a chance against early model Nehalem with ht (4 cores, 8 threads), or later model Nehalem (8 cores, 16 threads) regardless of clock rate.
Quote:Hmm.. Maybe I will just hold off then. I only wanted to spend about 200 and I am sure a good quad core would run me more than that. I have never overclocked before but I will do some reserch on it.
Thanks for all the advice
Well, q6600 is only $180. Here's gaming performance compared to faster clocked dual. 2 of the 5 games are quad optimized, 3 are not.
I was also going to upgrade my motherbord to this...
Quote:Oh and also I have a little more to spend on a cpu,so we are at around 280.00. Not sure if that gives me better options for a quadcore.Once again thanks for all your help
There are cheaper p45 boards that perform just as well.
Intel quad lineup as follows:
There are also q9300 and q8200, but they suffer from low cache(4mb, 6mb, compared to 8 and 12mb), low multiplier(7x, 7.5x, compared to 9 and 10x), and is heavily oc bottlenecked. Bottom line performance is far below the cheaper q6600 while costing more.