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Difference in Gaming Between E6850 and a Q9550

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May 17, 2010 8:14:12 PM

I'm considering buying a Q9550 to get a little better performance in gaming. How much of an increase do you guys feel that would be? My current specs:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 5/16/2010, 14:29:03
Machine name: JUSTIN-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100218-0019)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
System Model: 132-CK-NF78
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1767MB used, 11024MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 275
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_05E6&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1
Display Memory: 2668 MB
Dedicated Memory: 877 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,n vwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version: 8.17.0011.9745 (English)
DDI Version: 10
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 11906664 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-46A6-11CF-A145-0B201FC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x05E6
SubSys ID: 0x00000000
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
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May 17, 2010 8:23:48 PM

A Q9550 will give you a pretty decent performance boost in games that can take advatage of more than 2 cores it will also give a nice boost to just single threaded apps too with its 12 MB of L2 cache this really helps push high end GPU's. A Q9550 is one of the best socket 775 CPU's you can get and with a little OC on it can hold its own against an I5 750 and a Phenom II 965BE.

If you have a MicroCenter near you they have them for $179.99 brand new.
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May 17, 2010 8:24:24 PM

Depends on the games you play, most games are fine with a quick duel core like you have, but there are some RTS games and games like GTA IV that get a decent boost out of upgrading to a quad.
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May 18, 2010 12:47:48 AM

The q9550 extra cache does not get used in single threaded stuff. Well not the total 12 vs 4 amount. Its real cache advantage is not the total amount but amount per core. 3 for q9550 and 2 for 6850. Or of course double that to 6mb vs 4mb.
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