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Q6600 vs Q9400

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April 10, 2009 10:51:35 PM

Which one should I get. They are about the same price on newegg. The 9400 has a faster fsb of 1333 and is at 2.66 ghz, while the 6600 has fsb of 1066 and is rated at 2.4 ghz.
What seems obvious to me would be to get the q9400 because its better specs. The only thing throwing me off is that it has like 85 reviews and the 6600 has like 3000 with a higher approval rating.
Is this only because it is a new chip or something?

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April 10, 2009 10:57:34 PM

qwoz said:
Which one should I get. They are about the same price on newegg. The 9400 has a faster fsb of 1333 and is at 2.66 ghz, while the 6600 has fsb of 1066 and is rated at 2.4 ghz.
What seems obvious to me would be to get the q9400 because its better specs. The only thing throwing me off is that it has like 85 reviews and the 6600 has like 3000 with a higher approval rating.
Is this only because it is a new chip or something?


i have been running q6600 at 3.3 for more than a year. it is a strong cpu, but i would recommend q9400 in your case. if i were in your shoe, i would pick 9400.
April 10, 2009 11:11:06 PM

thanks, Yea i agree after further review.
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April 11, 2009 7:50:11 AM

The Q6600 is easier to overclock, the Q9400 makes you work harder for it, but might achieve faster speeds. The Q9400 requires a mobo that can run at 450MHz or greater, and requires greater than 800MHz RAM.
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April 11, 2009 8:59:44 AM

The Q6600 has more ratings because it's been out longer. The faster bus on the Q9400 will make a significant difference. It's the better choice.
April 11, 2009 1:39:34 PM

About the RAM - you can OC DDR2 800 RAM as well, not just the CPU. Most DDR2 1066 RAM is OCed RAM that can make those specs.

I'd second the 9400
April 13, 2009 11:08:12 PM

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The Q6600 is easier to overclock, the Q9400 makes you work harder for it, but might achieve faster speeds. The Q9400 requires a mobo that can run at 450MHz or greater, and requires greater than 800MHz RAM.


Do you mean I need 450MHz, and better than 800MHz Ram to overclock or just inable to run it at all?
Will this motherboard run this processor? how aboue OC it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 14, 2009 4:38:32 AM

Yes, that mobo will run both cpu's you mentioned.
April 14, 2009 5:56:47 AM

The Third Level said:
9400, or PII 940.

Pentium II @ 280MHz FTW!!! :sol: 
+1 to the Q9400. It's 45nm I believe, which should alleviate some of the overheating issues and reduce power consumption.
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