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Old 07-06-2009, 02:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Core 2 Quad or Duo???

Originally Posted by hikaricloud View Post
First off, I would never buy a Q8*** series processor unless I had no choice.

The main thing you have to think about is what you're trying to do with your computer. For gaming purposes, the E8400 is great, since most games don't utilize quad cores yet. Since you can hugely overclock the E8400, that helps more in games than having a couple extra cores.

Now if you are looking to run multiple programs, or do encoding work, then a quad will suit you.
Agreed, the Q8xxx are the cheapest quads Intel makes. They cut a lot of corners to be that way. The e8400 has more cache and because of that has more cache per core. That means you get more work done. The Quad advantage is canceled out by the lack of cache and clock speed. Get the e8400. It's practically guaranteed you can hit 4ghz with an aftermarket cooler.

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