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Old 10-02-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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If it were up to you, which would you choose?

This week I'm buying the parts for my computer and I have a few things still up in the air before I get everything. I've heard nothing but good things with the Quad Core processor from Intel but at the same time it's new technology and a part of me wants to go with a powerful Core 2 Duo.

So there's my dilemma. Either a Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0ghz or an Intel Quad Core 2.4ghz. Which would you get? Specs on both here:

Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0ghz

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Processors Type Desktop
Series Core 2 Duo
Model BX80557E6850
CPU Socket Type
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
Tech Spec
Core Conroe
Multi-Core Dual-Core
Name Core 2 Duo E6850
Operating Frequency 3.0GHz
FSB 1333MHz
L1 Cache 32KB+32KB
L2 Cache 4M shared
Manufacturing Tech 65 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Hyper-Threading Support No
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Multimedia Instruction MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, EM64T
Voltage 0.962V-1.350V
Cooling Device Heatsink and Fan included

Intel Quad Core 2.4ghz

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Processors Type Desktop
Series Core 2 Quad
Model BX80562Q6600
CPU Socket Type
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
Tech Spec
Core Kentsfield
Multi-Core Quad-Core
Name Core 2 Quad Q6600
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz
FSB 1066MHz
L1 Cache 64KB+64KB
L2 Cache 2 x 4MB
Manufacturing Tech 65 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Hyper-Threading Support No
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Multimedia Instruction MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, EM64T
Voltage 1.100V-1.372V
Cooling Device Heatsink and Fan included
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

For current games, you're better off with the higher clock speeds and only two cores. The number of games that utilize multiple cores is very low. The number of games that effectively use multiple cores is even lower. That will change as time goes on, but by then you'll probably want a new machine, anyway.
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

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plus the fsb on the e6850 is higher
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

Good points, all of which I took into consideration when I looked at the Intel Core 2 Duo. It's perfected it well enough and it's rated pretty high. As for the Quad core, when they get better and more powerful I'll get one. My motherboard I'm getting with it will support the Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, and the Quad Core.
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

Get teh stuff with lots of megatetrabits!
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

the Intel quad core is still just a fake quad core, two dual cores in parallel, and like Mark said, theres pretty much nothing out there that utilizes Dual core, let alone Quad core.

id just get a dual core and make sure whatever Intel socket you get now, is going to be used in the future for a few years. Like with AMD, the AM2 socket is the standard for its new dual and quad core chipsets for the next couple years, as far as motherboard setups go, ill be golden until we run dual-quad cores or whatever the next step is.
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

Get the Dual Core. It performs better in gaming. The Quad Core is more toward Servers.
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Alright just confirming it. I also felt that Intel coming out with the Quads was a bit.. I dunno, AMD said "Hey we are doing this" and Intel **** it's pants and immediately began making and developing the Quad core processor.
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

Intel is kicking *** right now, for the past few years they started to slump as AMD gained more and more ground, and now AMD is kinda laying low, gearing up for their 65nm production to start producing mass amounts of processors to flood the market with cheap performance. Hell right now their best processor (6000+) is about 230$.
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Hell right now their best processor (6000+) is about 230$.
Which is nuts, when you consider that I dropped about a grand on my FX-55. It's still a viable gaming processor, though, which is a little nuts in itself...
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

actually, i have to retract my previous statement.

the 6000+ is no longer the fastest, used to be top of the list on Newegg, now its towards the middle of page one

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Wow that AMD processor looks pretty good actually.
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

im an amd fan... never had problems with my amd dual core
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

^i wish i could say the same.. i've had nothing but trouble with my current AMD build, but the intel build before it ran flawlessly. hence, the pc sitting in pieces in my bedroom, waiting to be built, is an intel
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Re: If it were up to you, which would you choose?

I've built several A64 machines and a few Intel machines. Haven't had any trouble with any of them.
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Holy ****, I got my heatsink in today.. jesus christ this thing is huge. Needed to get an 120mm fan to attach with it.
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