I just ordered a Q9550, to replace an E6850. I can't afford to switch platforms. I was just wondering if there was that much difference in overclock ability between the C1 and E0 stepping. It's going to be a while before I can afford i7/X58/DDR3. I plan on a moderate overclock for 24/7 use.
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R rev 2.0 F12
E6850 @ 3.6 1.4125v
G. Skil DDR2 6400 8 GB 4-4-4-12 2.0v
PNY 9800 GT 1 GB
Avermedia G2 Combo TV Tuner
2X WD 320 Cavier Blue
BFG 650 watt PS
Enermax Chakra Case
Thanks for the reply. This is the system that the community helped me OC about a month and a half ago. Computronix introduced me to the VID with that one. While I'm waiting for the CPU to show up, I'll research it and learn more about it. The only thing I got out of the intro was lower is better. I wasn't sure if that was the high or low range, but I assume that it was the low range, enabling the processor to run at lower voltage and therefore less heat generation. I was torn between a GPU or CPU with my upgrade money. Do you think I made the right decision?
I spend more time photo editing and modeling, but wanted to see what a quad would do in GTA IV. I found an article on voltage ID and I grasp the basic concept. Where do I find the "average VID" for the Q9550?