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The Better of Q9550 or Q6600

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December 29, 2009 5:13:09 AM

Hi Overclockers,

Got a Question, I have a Choice of getting a Q9550 or stick with my outdated Q6600 and get a New Mobo EP45T-UD3LR.

Whould i See a huge improvement in Speed, Also im a Overclocker So does this Clock well??
I have Watercooling and my mobo is a EP43-DS3L

Your input Will be much Apriciated. :D 

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December 29, 2009 5:39:47 AM

Q9550, duh :p 

3.2Ghz isn't massive for a q6600 (esp a G0)

Now depends on what you actually do with your pc, you may or may not notice a difference.
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December 29, 2009 5:42:44 AM

I would choose to upgrade to a Q9550 between the two options given.

In addition, you should be able to hit at least 3.8GHz on Q9550 with some voltage tweaking work.
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December 29, 2009 2:16:11 PM

Yes the q9550 I have the q9400 running 3.8 for 2 years now never any problems make sure you have 1066 ram if you plan 1 to 1 I have had it stable to 600 FSB but don't want to run that way daily :)  ..

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December 29, 2009 3:19:13 PM

thently said:
Yes the q9550 I have the q9400 running 3.8 for 2 years now never any problems make sure you have 1066 ram if you plan 1 to 1 I have had it stable to 600 FSB but don't want to run that way daily :)  ..

T



are you sure you have had the q9400 for 2 years?? It wasnt released until August 10 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_micro...
December 29, 2009 3:21:18 PM

I personally wouldnt bother upgrading from a Q6600 to a Q9550. Its not really that big of a difference in performance. Might as well save up a bit more and jump up to a i7 whether its a i7 860 or i7 920 either platform would be a big increase over the Q6600.
December 29, 2009 9:07:40 PM

Well i am a gamer so i need That Little Extra juice, but my poor Q6600 Dose not like 400Fsb 3.6ghz on this mobo, Thats Why i thought just Upgrading the Bord, Or is it because i am Running 800mhz mem that's its not Stable at that Speed?. . . . . . ..
December 29, 2009 10:01:53 PM

i would just overclock your cpu to 3.2 GHZ, it should last for 2 more years
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December 30, 2009 12:24:55 AM

The Q9550 is something like 7 percent faster clock for clock. I wouldn't spend the money on that kind of performance upgrade.
December 30, 2009 1:02:04 AM

Agreed, i would keep the Q66 as well.
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December 30, 2009 6:15:04 AM

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mpavao81:

I personally wouldnt bother upgrading from a Q6600 to a Q9550. Its not really that big of a difference in performance. Might as well save up a bit more and jump up to a i7 whether its a i7 860 or i7 920 either platform would be a big increase over the Q6600.

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sirheck:

Agreed, i would keep the Q66 as well.


The OP was asking: Choice of getting a Q9550 or stick with my outdated Q6600 and get a New Mobo EP45T-UD3LR.

If I were to upgrade the complete system, I would go with i5 or PII-955 instead.
December 30, 2009 6:22:27 AM

I would still stick with the Q66, got mine to 4.2ghz phase/3.8ghz 24/7. liquid

A s775 mobo is a fairly cheap upgrade, plus for overclocking
the DS3L,s aren't very good for quads.
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December 30, 2009 7:12:48 AM

sirheck said:
I would still stick with the Q66, got mine to 4.2ghz phase/3.8ghz 24/7. liquid

A s775 mobo is a fairly cheap upgrade, plus for overclocking
the DS3L,s aren't very good for quads.


Even an old 65nm 2.4GHz CPU can reach 3.8GHz on liquid cooling, I wonder how high the brand new 45nm 2.8GHz Q9550 can hit with your liquid cooling.

You must invested a lot in your decent water cooling.
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December 30, 2009 8:09:35 AM

sirheck said:
... plus for overclocking
the DS3L,s aren't very good for quads.

Nonsense. Summary of my systems:
GA-EP45-UD3P | Q9550 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (425 MHz X 8.5) C3 stepping :( 
GA-EP45-UD3L | Q6600 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (400 MHz X 9)
GA-EP35-DS3P | E5200 OC'd to 3.78 GHz (315 MHz X 12)
All pass 24 hours of Prime95.

The Q6600 was first in the P35-DS3P running at 3.6 GHz. As far as overclocking is concerned, there is no significant difference between the DS3P and the DS3L.

The original question? Stick with the Q6600.

And why the EP45T-UD3LR? I am one of those who believes that a Core2 CPU cannot take full advantage of the capabilities of DDR3 memory.
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December 30, 2009 8:26:01 AM

jsc said:
Nonsense. Summary of my systems:
GA-EP45-UD3P | Q9550 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (425 MHz X 8.5) C3 stepping :( 
GA-EP45-UD3L | Q6600 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (400 MHz X 9)
GA-EP35-DS3P | E5200 OC'd to 3.78 GHz (315 MHz X 12)
All pass 24 hours of Prime95.

The Q6600 was first in the P35-DS3P running at 3.6 GHz. As far as overclocking is concerned, there is no significant difference between the DS3P and the DS3L.

The original question? Stick with the Q6600.

And why the EP45T-UD3LR? I am one of those who believes that a Core2 CPU cannot take full advantage of the capabilities of DDR3 memory.

So you think he should stick with Q6600 AND buy a new MB?
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December 30, 2009 8:27:53 AM

I would get Q9550 instead of a new MB.

Actually, I would suggest him NOT to upgrade if there's this option.
December 30, 2009 11:30:08 AM

jsc said:
Nonsense. Summary of my systems:
GA-EP45-UD3P | Q9550 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (425 MHz X 8.5) C3 stepping :( 
GA-EP45-UD3L | Q6600 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (400 MHz X 9)
GA-EP35-DS3P | E5200 OC'd to 3.78 GHz (315 MHz X 12)
All pass 24 hours of Prime95.

The Q6600 was first in the P35-DS3P running at 3.6 GHz. As far as overclocking is concerned, there is no significant difference between the DS3P and the DS3L.

The original question? Stick with the Q6600.

And why the EP45T-UD3LR? I am one of those who believes that a Core2 CPU cannot take full advantage of the capabilities of DDR3 memory.


I dont see a DS3L in your systems, I see a UD3L.
My DS3L I could get max 3.4ghz with voltage as high as 1.65volts.
Know alot of guys who could get about the same.

My X3110/E8400 dualcore on the other hand and in the same DS3L got me
up to 4.4 max and 4.1 F@H stable for months.

These particular mobo,s PWM,s dont really like the stress from a quad.

As soon as i switched out from the DS3L to the X38 (everything else the same,memory cpu powersupply etc,)I hit 3.6ghz easy, its been there for
almost 2 years, till i just recently bumped her up to 3.8ghz.
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December 31, 2009 7:47:32 AM

andy,
Look again. All I questioned was his intent to get a DDR3 motherboard for a Core2 CPU.

sirheck,
I know that the P45 UD3L is not the same as a P35 DS3L, but look at what I wrote:

"The Q6600 was first in the P35-DS3P running at 3.6 GHz. As far as overclocking is concerned, there is no significant difference between the DS3P and the DS3L. "

However, I admit that I should have finished with my recommendation:
"Keep your present system and start saving for an i5/i7 build.
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December 31, 2009 11:23:39 AM

I upgraded to the Q9550 from the Q6600, only because microcenter had it for 169.99 and I sold my Q6600 for 130.00 on ebay. Only if you can do what I did would make sense to do the upgrade. It's not night and day difference but is a slight upgrade.

If you are paying more for the Q9550 then save your $$ for a new system. I don't recommend upgrading to the I7 as I don't see enough benefit if you are only gaming or using it for general use.

Skip the I7 gen cpus and wait for the next gen then you will see a real performance upgrade. If you are rendering or decoding a ton of video or some other tasks that can put the I7 to use and you can really see the benefit of the I7 then go for it.

Otherwise put that Q6600 to work for a while longer and get your moneys worth out of it...
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December 31, 2009 4:37:52 PM

jsc said:
andy,
Look again. All I questioned was his intent to get a DDR3 motherboard for a Core2 CPU.

sirheck,
I know that the P45 UD3L is not the same as a P35 DS3L, but look at what I wrote:

"The Q6600 was first in the P35-DS3P running at 3.6 GHz. As far as overclocking is concerned, there is no significant difference between the DS3P and the DS3L. "

However, I admit that I should have finished with my recommendation:
"Keep your present system and start saving for an i5/i7 build.


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