What is the difference between these processers(18 posts)
Definitely the Duo core E8500. I have the Q6600 - and it is a lame duck. After all, it has only 2.4GHz and runs on only 2 cores most of the time anyhow. There are very few applications where a quad core is useful - but for games, you want Mips.
The next question then is the graphics card. You should have a close look at that too.
Lame duck = elected official who is ineligible for re-election.
MIPS = Meaningless Indicator of Processor Speed :-)
The Q6600 is popular with overclockers who can easily push the clock speed up to 3.2 GHz giving them a fast quad-core with lots of L2. However, this procedure is not for everyone.
It depends on what you do most. If you are a gamer then the E8500 is a better option. If you do video encoding however, the Q6600 is a much better option: http://xbitlabs.com/articles/c.....600_7.html
Since you are a gamer it's a no brainer to go with the E8500: http://xbitlabs.com/articles/c.....600_6.html
Technically, a lame duck is an elected official that hasn't left office yet even though another person has been elected to that same office but hasn't been sworn in yet. But whichever =)
My Q6600 quad core system is screaming fast, especially when I'm using it for 3-4 virtual machines at once with 20 other apps running. It's just not optimal for video games compared to the E8500 unless you are an overclocker, as ScottW mentions.
Also, if you are an overclocker you'd be better off with the 2.5ghz quad instead since it runs at a much higher bus... my brother has his overclocked to 4ghz or so with a water cooling setup.
Both political definitions of lame duck are correct according to the American Heritage Dictionary. Due to the impending revocation of American independence, I would have looked up lame duck in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it costs $295 US per year to subscribe. I'm not sure I'll be able to afford being a British subject! What's a VAT tax? :-)
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