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2nd of December 2008 (Tue), 07:38
I'm looking at buying a new PC but I'm having problems with deciding what processor specs are best. Currently I'm looking at...
Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8200 Processor (2.33GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Processor Q6600 Quad Core™ (2.40GHz, 1066Mhz FSB, 8MB cache)
What's the difference between 'Quad Core' and 'Core 2 Quad Core'?
What will have the greatest effect on speed - More GHz on the clock speed or a faster FSB?
All other things being equal - which of those two choices would you pick?
2nd of December 2008 (Tue), 08:03
The reason the Q6600 is more popular is it has superior L2 cache (2 x 4mb vs 4mb). Plus, it has a reputation of being a very "overclockable" processor, more so than the Q8200. That's why it's very popular with gamers and video and digital photography enthusiasts on a budget. I'm also in the process of building a new PC and I went with the Q6600.
2nd of December 2008 (Tue), 09:26
I would consider the e8400 over the q6600, it has the extra L2 cache that would help out in DVD/Photoshop creation and the clock speed to make up for the lack of 4 cores. Unless you plan on overclocking the Q6600, 2.4GHz is on the slower side of Core 2 CPUs. For Photoshop or DVD creation, the Q6600 would be a great CPU, but I really doubt that you would be disappointed in the performance of the E8400, even though it has half the cores. The clock speed will make up for a bit of it, not to mention some of the improvements in CPU architecture going from the 65nm CPUs (Q6600 et la) to the 45nm ones (E8400 et la)
2nd of December 2008 (Tue), 16:47
Both have four cores. Check www.tomshardware.com for benchmarks, the PS benchmarks there use a lot of filters which isn't real world use - maybe consider the 3D benchmarks more. I doubt there's much difference in the real world. I have the Q6600 overclocked and it's good.
2nd of December 2008 (Tue), 16:54
Benchmarks linked from this thread (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=598938). Don't that the 8200 is listed, but they'll have benchmarks for it somewhere on the site.
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