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Anyone Still Run A Q6600?

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March 27, 2011 9:57:42 PM

I know its an old cpu. 65nm Yikes lol :p 

But So far I have no problems with it. Its overclocked at 3.2 ghz and all my games mainly utilize my GPU so everything seems to run smoothly even with Crysis on Max settings.

I will eventually plan to change my CPU or by the time I get rid of it build a whole new Gaming Rig in say 2 years. I am looking foward to see amd Bulldozer and eventaully Sandy Bridge E (Enthusiast) 8 core socket 2011 CPU but My Q6600 seems to be fine for now.

Anyone else have a Q6600? How is it running for you? Do You Plan to upgrade eventually or still have life in it? :D 

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March 27, 2011 10:11:27 PM

i have an e6750 dual core that still runs most games when it gets done I will probably retire it to be a media center machine in my boys room.
We have a system that is the e6600 running in the living room for that now.
So I would say with your overclock and being a quad its probably got a year or so of life for gaming still left in it.
I am also looking forward to seeing what will come out with the 2011 chipsets.
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March 27, 2011 10:17:09 PM

Crysis on max setting is quite a feat..what gpu are you using?
I dont expect the 8 core Sandy Bridge to be cheap at all..it should almost be around the i7 980x price range.But who knows it might have a cheap introductory price
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March 27, 2011 10:20:56 PM

I am using A GTX 460 1gb. I really dont use high resolutions so I get high fps. I usually run at 1440x900
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March 27, 2011 10:22:51 PM

I'll probably wait for the IvyBridge cpus for the 2011 chipset. The production cost should be cheaper with the smaller form factor. Not really sure what games would utilize 8cores any way, but who knows what will be in the pipeline by then.
I'll have to see how well they perform with say the Z68 system boards that will be out soon also (well soon may be optimistic)
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March 27, 2011 10:34:14 PM

Yep still running Q6600 @ 3.2 and running OC HD5850.

No plans to upgrade, still does everything just fine
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March 27, 2011 10:56:03 PM

C2D/C2Q are still very viable cpus
wouldnt do a NEW build with one obviously
but with so many architecture changes in next year or so
it makes sense to hold on and wait
If you look at most games min/recommended systems
a Q6600 or decent C2D is still fine
Especially since new PC games are getting "dumbed" down because of consoles
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March 27, 2011 11:04:00 PM

I think that the Q6600 is still holding its own, an i5 760 is only about 50% faster and SB is only about 14% faster than that. I think that you really need at least a doubling in speed before an upgrade becomes desirable.
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March 27, 2011 11:04:00 PM

Like all the above posters had said, that Q6600 is still running wild IMO. No need to cut it's legs.

Till the next gen of consoles is released and/or game devs put their pants on and start using DX11 for real, you won't need too much additional muscle power.

Cheers!
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March 27, 2011 11:46:12 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Crysis on max setting is quite a feat..what gpu are you using?
I dont expect the 8 core Sandy Bridge to be cheap at all..it should almost be around the i7 980x price range.But who knows it might have a cheap introductory price


I run at 1600x900. The game "Optimal" sets mine to High but I put everything on Very High and the game is smooth as butter.

As for the OP, I still use a Q6600. No sense in dropping it as it still is not a bottleneck for games for me and has a bit of life in it. I plan to upgrade during Ivy Bridge though. I wants me some 22nm action. Hell on a clock per clock level it still keeps up with Phenom IIs.

As for my specs here they are:

Asus P5K-E Deluxe Wifi -AP
Intel C2Q6600 G0 stepping @ 3GHz 1.25v
Zalman CPNS 9700 Cooler
4Gigs Corsair XMS2 PC8500
2x Seagate 500GB SATA 300 in Raid 0
ATI Radeon HD5870 1GB GDDR5 OCed to 890MHz core / 1290MHz (5160Mhz effective) memory
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatality Extreme Gamer(has the 64MB X-RAM)
Corsair TX850W
Apevia X-Navigator Case. It has a lot of blue lights
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G500 wOOt
Windows 7 Ultimate, lovin it
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March 28, 2011 12:25:40 AM

Running a QX6700 in a folding machine and a newer model E8500 in my personal desktop. The E8500 paired with a GTX 260 still runs games fine for my uses.
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March 28, 2011 1:34:55 AM

I have one. Because it is no longer my gaming machine, I turned the OC down from 3.6 GHz to 3.3 GHz.
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March 28, 2011 3:16:53 AM

I have 3 setups of Q6600 OC @ 3.0 GHZ. I run design simulations on it. One has a part time task of being my personal HD PVR and DVR. All have 8 GBytes of memory.
One has 4890 CF, the 2nd has 4890 single, and the third use GTX 280.

When i don't have an engineering task for it i play games.

All of the 3 are run 24x7. These machines will continue to work for me for another 4~ 5 years.

Most of the time its 100% CPU on all cores.

I do plan to add 2 Sandy Bridge base work station this year. But the 3 will remain to function as my Workstations. I plan to use Nvidia 580 as Nvidia CUDA is extremely useful for workstation type application.





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March 28, 2011 3:37:07 AM

These quad core machines are excellent for games. Unless i plan to play beyond 1080P resolution my Q6600 will suffice for now.
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March 28, 2011 3:46:22 AM

I have no intentions of moving to anything higher @ 3.6 and gaming at 1080P
it I'm not seeing 100% usage yet i'm just going to upgrade the video card(s)
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March 28, 2011 5:09:06 AM

Yes Video card upgrade has more impact than cpu upgrade. But there is a point that certain video card generations/games/resolution will be bottleneck by Q6600.

This is a personal choice which involves a lot of money. Its also a function of the specific gaming needs of the user considering the upgrade.

Of course from time to time we can't deny our constant desider for the "Need for more speed" :) 

cheers
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March 28, 2011 6:28:03 AM

leon2006 said:
Yes Video card upgrade has more impact than cpu upgrade. But there is a point that certain video card generations/games/resolution will be bottleneck by Q6600.

This is a personal choice which involves a lot of money. Its also a function of the specific gaming needs of the user considering the upgrade.

Of course from time to time we can't deny our constant desider for the "Need for more speed" :) 

cheers



its simple look at cou usage in game ...thats how you see if you are experience a bottleneck which is terribly overused here.

if the usage is really high you CPU is more or less choking on frames.
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March 28, 2011 6:33:14 AM

I use my laptop everyday and though it isn't that exact processor, my Q9000 has no noticeable aging over my i7-950 in many things. I found my GPU to being the weakest link versus my desktop.
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March 28, 2011 7:21:24 AM

mikevs said:
I know its an old cpu. 65nm Yikes lol :p 

But So far I have no problems with it. Its overclocked at 3.2 ghz and all my games mainly utilize my GPU so everything seems to run smoothly even with Crysis on Max settings.

I will eventually plan to change my CPU or by the time I get rid of it build a whole new Gaming Rig in say 2 years. I am looking foward to see amd Bulldozer and eventaully Sandy Bridge E (Enthusiast) 8 core socket 2011 CPU but My Q6600 seems to be fine for now.

Anyone else have a Q6600? How is it running for you? Do You Plan to upgrade eventually or still have life in it? :D 


i had a hand me down 6600 but eventually it will shutdown automatically (no display)it had serve me well for 6 years
even then it worked great and then i also remove all the paste and put in Dow corning silicon grease and clean it some times from the dust.
Dust are the greatest killer of computer fan and chipset and CPU's

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March 28, 2011 7:46:10 AM

I have an i7 @4.32 as my gaming rig as i upgraded from my q6600.. the q6600 is paired with a amd 5870 which it runs just fine with.. for gaming it is still a good cpu..
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March 28, 2011 7:51:44 AM

leon2006 said:
I have 3 setups of Q6600 OC @ 3.0 GHZ. I run design simulations on it. One has a part time task of being my personal HD PVR and DVR. All have 8 GBytes of memory.
One has 4890 CF, the 2nd has 4890 single, and the third use GTX 280.

When i don't have an engineering task for it i play games.

All of the 3 are run 24x7. These machines will continue to work for me for another 4~ 5 years.

Most of the time its 100% CPU on all cores.

I do plan to add 2 Sandy Bridge base work station this year. But the 3 will remain to function as my Workstations. I plan to use Nvidia 580 as Nvidia CUDA is extremely useful for workstation type application.


That's a lot of computing. What do you do for a living, if you don't mind me asking?

I will not upgrade my new core 2 quad for at least 2 years... as there will be no need to.
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March 28, 2011 8:12:41 AM

Romeka Bonaface said:
That's a lot of computing. What do you do for a living, if you don't mind me asking?

I will not upgrade my new core 2 quad for at least 2 years... as there will be no need to.

phenoms and core2duo can last at most two years.Why not enjoy them!
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March 28, 2011 8:25:39 AM

Still running my Q6600 @ 3.2GHz and P35 board with 4870. The GPU could do with an upgrade for some of the latest games but I never find the CPU holds me back. My main reservation about the GPU upgrade is the fact I'd be putting it in a 1st gen PCIe slot...
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March 28, 2011 10:25:13 AM

running a core 2 duo 6600 @3ghz, dont really play any games that demand a better cpu. My next upgrade will happen when Skyrim is released. May upgrade the vid card before then though.
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March 28, 2011 11:34:52 AM

I also run a Q6600 and an E6600. These are great value CPU's and have yet to be made obselete by the forces of iterative awesomeness.

I reckon they are still good for about 2 years yet. I mean some people are still running P IV's and single core athlons. Its all about how you want to use a computer.

If I were heavy on encoding I would stretch up to some of the newer CPU's. But for just personal fun use, don't really need more than ~ 2-3 GHz Dual core and a half decent GPU.
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March 28, 2011 11:54:22 AM

Romeka Bonaface said:
That's a lot of computing. What do you do for a living, if you don't mind me asking?

I will not upgrade my new core 2 quad for at least 2 years... as there will be no need to.


Electronic circuit design.. Component and board level. Design verification and circuit simulation burn a lot of CPU. Such engineering task takes 4 hrs to 4 days & more with all 4 CPUS @ 100% :) . Normally i run these things on file servers but there are times that i run smaller task on workstations. Then i spread it out on the 3 Q6600. CUDA on GTX 280 makes a lot of the task faster ~ 20 to 30 %.
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March 28, 2011 12:09:12 PM

When these Q6600 are on 100%CPUx4 there are times that i place a Blue Ray disc and watch an HD movie. The darn thing still plays without any delays or degradation on the screen.

The Hauppage 2250 HD TV Tuner on one of the PC/s never missed any recording in HD even its running 100%CPUx4.

I only play games when there is no other task r compute job on the PC.

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March 28, 2011 12:26:09 PM

mi1ez said:
Still running my Q6600 @ 3.2GHz and P35 board with 4870. The GPU could do with an upgrade for some of the latest games but I never find the CPU holds me back. My main reservation about the GPU upgrade is the fact I'd be putting it in a 1st gen PCIe slot...


a 2.0 works in 1.0
a 2.1 doesnt work in 1.0
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March 29, 2011 12:05:10 PM

king smp said:
a 2.0 works in 1.0
a 2.1 doesnt work in 1.0

Probably going to overhall the whole lot in one go when I can afford it.
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March 29, 2011 9:34:43 PM

king smp said:
a 2.0 works in 1.0
a 2.1 doesnt work in 1.0


Thats not right. Unless you want to tell my HD5870 (which is PCIe 2.1) to stop working in my P5K-E which has a P35 chipset and a x16 PCIe 1.0 lane.

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March 30, 2011 2:39:04 AM

I wish this issue had a clear answer, such as PCI-E 2.1 cards don't work or do work in PCI-E 1.0/1.0a motherboards, but it's not a yes or no issue at all. The truth is, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

It boils down to whether or not the BIOS can recognize and initialize the card, and that all depends on the specific motherboard and BIOS version in question. Specifically, the BIOS must have been programmed to support devices using the PCI-E 2.1 standard.

The problem arises because many boards using 1.0/1.0a PCI-E slots lost manufacturer support prior to the development (or acceptance) of the PCI-E 2.1 standard, clearly making them incapable of supporting devices using that standard. Not all 1.0/1.0a boards lost their support prior to the creation of the 2.1 standard, though. However, only boards which received continued manufacturer support that specifically included BIOS updates enabling PCI-E 2.1 support can identify and initialize 2.1 cards.

found this answer on toms-king smp
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September 13, 2011 11:24:33 AM

im still using a q6600 with a asus P5QE motherboard and corsair xms ddr2 ram(4GB).

a Radeon 5870 card. the cpu is running at 3.4ghz with 8.0 multiplier and 1700 fsb (cpuid)

Ran crysis2 at 1980*1080 at max settings without any problems...

So i guess it still has a lot going for it.....its amazing that a 5 years old processor is running all the new game titles flawlessly...

kamal :wahoo: 
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September 13, 2011 1:49:10 PM

I have a stock Q6600 and it works fine. I think my CPU is bottlenecked by my GPU cus it's only a gt240 and lags when I run games at 1080p. The CPU is fine. The GT240 isn't. I plan to upgrade to an AMD bulldozer once they come out. :) 
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September 21, 2011 4:42:13 PM

I am currently running a Q6600 still at 3.4ghz and run everything I ever play on max settings as well with a NVIDIA Gefoce 460 GTX. Games include Starcraft 2, Mass Effect 2, Duke Nukem forever multiplayer, and Team Fortress 2. (I use the gfx cards max settings as well) I am also thinking that this CPU was well made for its time. Considering how well I got this overclocked.
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September 21, 2011 7:04:38 PM

It don't have a Q6600, but I do have an E6600 that is currently in my HTPC. It was in my primary PC until I decided to upgrade to the Q9450. I'll probably upgrade next year, but for the moment I am satified with my Q9450 @ 3.0GHz.

I guess I can overclock it to around 3.5GHz if I feel my Q9450 is starting to become too slow for me.
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September 21, 2011 8:00:38 PM

kamal1470 said:
im still using a q6600 with a asus P5QE motherboard and corsair xms ddr2 ram(4GB).

a Radeon 5870 card. the cpu is running at 3.4ghz with 8.0 multiplier and 1700 fsb (cpuid)

Ran crysis2 at 1980*1080 at max settings without any problems...

So i guess it still has a lot going for it.....its amazing that a 5 years old processor is running all the new game titles flawlessly...

kamal :wahoo: 


GRAVE DIGGER

threads 6 months old... my toaster has a 65nm cpu now
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September 23, 2011 4:08:29 AM

I have my mom's computer running a q6600 paired with a 4850, overkil?? nah her husband is addicted to crysis and call of duty.
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September 23, 2011 4:23:55 AM

Still have a Q6600 in one of my rigs and it runs like a champ! Still very powerful. I just recently upgraded with a new build to an i7 2600K and it's just dang impressive but the Q6600 can hold its own in terms of threaded things.
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September 24, 2011 2:46:10 PM

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