is Intel Core 2 Quad or intel core 2 duo better

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  1. cheatmaster5
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    I was given a motherboard for a computer and I am looking at a cpu for but which do you guys think is better.

    Choice one
    Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition! QX6850 (3.0ghz)
    Processor
    CPU Speed: 3 GHz
    Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
    Processor Qty: 1
    Compatible Processor Socket: LGA775 Socket
    Architecture Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost, Intel Advanced Smart Cache, Intel Smart Memory Access, Intel Wide Dynamic Execution


    Features
    Enhanced SpeedStep technology


    Cache Memory
    Installed Size: L2 cache - 8 MB ( 2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair) )


    Expansion / Connectivity
    Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - LGA775 Socket


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    choice two
    Brand Intel
    Processors Type Desktop
    Series Core 2 Duo
    Model BX80570E8600
    CPU Socket Type
    CPU Socket Type LGA 775
    Tech Spec
    Core Wolfdale
    Multi-Core Dual-Core
    Name Core 2 Duo E8600
    Operating Frequency 3.33GHz
    FSB 1333MHz
    L2 Cache 6MB
    Manufacturing Tech 45 nm
    64 bit Support Yes
    Hyper-Threading Support No
    Virtualization Technology Support Yes
    Multimedia Instruction MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4, EM64T
    Voltage 0.85V – 1.3625V
    Thermal Design Power 65W

    thanks in advance for the help
     
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    I can't really find out which models you're actually talking about... QX6850 and an E8600?
     
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    QX6850 and E8400 SLB9J
     
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    Go for the QX6850. Two more cores at a higer clock speed with more cache. I hope that's a straight enough answer for you. [​IMG]

    Edit: whoops, not a higher clock speed, however, the extra cores and cache make up for that.
     
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    ok thanks for the help
     
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    here is a cpu heiarchy charts for gaming:

    Code:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-core-i5-phenom-ii,2620-7.html
    and another one:

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    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
     
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    It says E8600 in your list??

    Anyway it really depends what you intend to use your pc for. If you're simply using it for gaming, browsing, media and so on I'd get the dual core the E8400/8600 (whichever it is) is a very good dual core cpu.

    If you're using applications that can actually take advantage of multi-cores such as video encoders etc, then go for the quad core. Multi-core applications aren't as common yet to take advantage of the additional cores. They'll eventually become more common, but this could take years. By that stage your cpu would be fairly old. Do note the QX6850 is a 65nm cpu, while the other is 45nm. Meaning it'll consume more electricity and generate more heat. Also the QX6850 does not support SSE4, while the dual core cpu does, as it's a newer variety.

    Of course price is also a factor. [​IMG]
     
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    If you check again, the "higher cache" is actually 4x2MB (each core pair only gets 4MB) whilst the dual core gets 6MB cache. If the applications only use one or two cores, the "higher cache" will be wasted.

    Stick with Edhel's advice: think of what you're using it for. Mostly media editing applications use more than 2 cores, since mostly everything else isn't designed for it. Even games usually only use 2 cores, so dual cores achieve higher performance (to a point) because they're just faster. The only other concern is if you heavily multi-task, in which case extra cores may make everything run slightly smoother.
     

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