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Which CPU is best for gaming Q9550 or Q6600??

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December 27, 2010 7:55:40 AM

Hello,i'm going to upgrade my CPU because i playing lots of games. .I have problem with these two CPUs Q6600 or Q9550 please help me to makeup my mind to get a good one? which is best?

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December 27, 2010 8:13:20 AM

Friends please help me to choose good cpu for my gaming pc.. i'm personally not like to overclock so which cpu is the best?
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December 27, 2010 8:15:53 AM

Most of guys saying Q9550 is the best?
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December 27, 2010 8:18:24 AM

ASUS P5E-WS mobo
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December 27, 2010 8:24:08 AM

Budget is doesn't matter i have only these two options only Q6600 or Q 9550
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December 27, 2010 8:29:37 AM

The Q9550 runs a little cooler and is a tiny bit faster, other than that the only real world difference is down to the price you will have to pay for either of them.
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December 27, 2010 8:29:47 AM

Performance wise what is best?
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December 27, 2010 8:31:47 AM

Without overclocking?
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December 27, 2010 8:37:02 AM

At standard the performance is very similar but the price difference puts the Q6600 ahead.
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December 27, 2010 8:44:21 AM

Then please explain me the CACHE defference? 8MB cache and 12MB cache
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December 27, 2010 8:50:47 AM

That and the smaller node (45nm Vs 65nm) is what makes the Q9550 slightly faster but not so much so that many people would say that it's worth the extra money.
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December 27, 2010 8:52:27 AM

Ok thank you very much mosemonky
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December 27, 2010 9:20:26 AM

I have both those CPU's in various PC's in the house (my own and son's).

Both are pretty sweet and seem to handle all games just fine. I'd get a second hand Q6600 off ebay, give it a slight speed bump upto 3 to 3.2 GHZ and feel smug with your inexpensive £50 to £80 purchase.

Mild overclocking is a doddle and can be achieved by any chimp. Just keep an eye on the temps and look to improving your cpu cooling.

Once you overclock, you will never go back to running at stock again.





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December 27, 2010 1:35:49 PM

Clocked at the same speed (small OC on Q6600 or small underclock on Q9550), the Q9550 is about 10% faster - not noticeable unless you are benchmarking.
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December 27, 2010 3:57:47 PM

Then you should change the mobo+CPU. Wait for the sandybridge ;) 
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December 29, 2010 6:20:28 AM

ASUS P5E-WS MOBO
2*2GB HYPERX DDR2 RAM
EVGA GTX 460
FREEZER 7 PRO CPU COOLER
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January 3, 2011 9:34:21 PM

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  • Which is best for gaming??
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    January 4, 2011 3:24:36 AM

    I've run both. Having overclocked both you're better off with the Q6600. "In my experience" the Q6600 can get up to clock speeds around 3ghz. Unfortunately I found the same to be true for the Q9550, for the same type of voltage bumps you don't get much. I was only able to get it up to 3.2 stable, anything more and it would fail out before I could get it to windows. At the same clock speed you'll get a little more out of the Q9550 but the difference is not noticeable. I vote Q6600 due to the performance per dollar, but if you already have both or if you're going for the better performing of the two the Q9550 wins. My two cents.
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    January 4, 2011 5:02:24 AM

    Mousemonkey said:
    At standard the performance is very similar but the price difference puts the Q6600 ahead.


    jsc said:
    Clocked at the same speed (small OC on Q6600 or small underclock on Q9550), the Q9550 is about 10% faster - not noticeable unless you are benchmarking.



    Q9550 has a 16% advantage on clock speed. Added to a 10% IPC increase are they so similar with the OP not overclocking? :) 

    Still not quite worth the premium however especially with you using only a GTX 460. Q9550 is the faster CPU but if the Q6600 is significantly cheaper go with that.
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    January 4, 2011 2:51:05 PM

    Raidur said:
    Q9550 has a 16% advantage on clock speed. Added to a 10% IPC increase are they so similar with the OP not overclocking? :) 

    Still not quite worth the premium however especially with you using only a GTX 460. Q9550 is the faster CPU but if the Q6600 is significantly cheaper go with that.

    Having run both CPU's on the same motherboard I know that they are very similar in performance and without using a stopwatch to time specific tasks you wouldn't be able to tell them apart.
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