Processor quad or duo

  smudje 16:49 18 Dec 07

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz 4Mb Cache (£638.20)or
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz 8Mb Cach (£639.66)
which is better for an ultimate gaming pc ? The
Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX6850 3.0 Ghz 8Mb Cach (£1068.15) looks very nice but looks way over priced

  skidzy 17:08 18 Dec 07

Are you looking at the total package pc or just the cpu ?

The Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz cpu is going for around £160

  smudje 17:10 18 Dec 07

the prices are the packages from cougar extreme, am just trying to get the best system from their available options.

  anskyber 17:17 18 Dec 07

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  citadel 17:18 18 Dec 07

there are already games that utilise quad core eg. supreme commander. new games like assassins creed will also benefit. plus the q6600 overclocks to above 3g easily.

  skidzy 17:20 18 Dec 07

The advantages of dual-core Core 2 Duo E6850 over the quad-core Core 2 Quad Q6600 look as follows:

* 25% higher clock speed ensuring higher performance in applications that aren’t optimized for multi-threading;
* Higher bus frequency that increases the memory subsystem performance. Peak bandwidth of the bus between the processor and memory for CPUs with 1333MHz bus is 10.7GB/s vs. 8.5GB/s by CPUs with 1067MHz bus.
* 46% lower heat dissipation that allows using relatively simple and inexpensive cooling solutions, even during overclocking.

The advantages of the quad-core Core 2 Quad Q6600 over dual-core Core 2 Duo E6850:

* Twice as many computational cores that ensure higher performance in multi-threaded applications.
* Twice as large L2 cache memory. It is especially crucial for Windows Vista users as this operating system can distribute computational threads intellectually over the cores with shared or exclusive L2 cache.

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  smudje 22:00 18 Dec 07

Thanks for all the responses

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