Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz Processor - £112.94 Delivered @ IT247 - HotUKDeals
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Wanted one of these and was the cheapest I could find (ebuyer wanted £135, Amazon £168 etc).

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With four execution cores, the Intel Core 2 Quad processor blows through processor-intensive tasks in demanding multitasking environments and makes the most of highly threaded applications. Whether you're creating multimedia, annihilating your gaming enemies, or running compute-intensive applications at one time, new quad-core processing will change the way you do everything. Pioneer the new world of quad-core and unleash the power of multithreading.
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#1
One thing to watch (I don't know if this is still the case), last time I emailed IT247 only about 2 months ago they said their Q6600 stock was still the B3 stepping instead of the newer G0 stepping.

If they are the G0 stepping that's a great deal though, so voted hot anyway!
#2
If its not G0 then its not that good. G0 has some tweaks in it that the old B3 ones dont. With the old ones the motherboard has to compensate and they run hotter. G0 are good for overclocking and the old B3 arent as good for it.

Also are they retail or OEM? Retail have a 3 years warranty plus a heatsink and fan. OEM have a 1 year warranty with no heatsink and fan. I always go for the retail for the extra warranty and still replace the heatsnk and fan.
#3
Can't see it being a b3 now after all this time?. Ive got one of these overclocked to 3.6ghz running cool & sweet virtually non stop for the last 6 months in my media center. Definitley recommend at this price.
#4
Running a search on P/N : GL130AV
brought back S/N : BX80562Q6600
This in turn tells me this is indeed a SLACR version. http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLACR
#5
I was planning to replace my MB/CPU with a phenom 9850 combination.
Would this processor (and a compatible MB be faster?)
#6
pete_l
I was planning to replace my MB/CPU with a phenom 9850 combination.
Would this processor (and a compatible MB be faster?)


Check this thread for advise.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/250063-10-9850-e8400-q6600
#7
Aria have the Q6600 G0 stepping at £125 ish delivered.
#8
Hot ig go stepping
#9
Thanks, ordered one. Bit concerned by it satying only 10 are in stock though...
#10
Have Intel cut prices in general or is this just a good offer?
#11
Is this the retail version? and def the g0 version? The b3s have the same model number as the g0 ones.

Have emailed them to ask(couldnt find a phone number) but wont get an answer until monday.
#12
pete_l;2208202
I was planning to replace my MB/CPU with a phenom 9850 combination.
Would this processor (and a compatible MB be faster?)


Yes it is better than a Phenom, its also highly overclockable but you dont REALLY need it. If your running a lot of applications and doing video etc. this is the chip for you. I have one to game and do video encoding and editing from video camera.

If its purely gaming Id say go for a dual core e8xxx, they have more cache and more raw power.

Who knows when games will take full advantage of 4 cores, probably be a while though seeing as makers want to cater to the masses to sell their titles.

If you go for an E8xxx be carefull which board you buy, it may not work straight out the box because of the architecture, there are plenty that do though.

JIT;2208749
Have Intel cut prices in general or is this just a good offer?


They started cutting their prices a few months ago, next generation of chips in the pipeline, plus with the bigger cache higher speed dual cores these were due to take a whack.

danmc;2207505
Can't see it being a b3 now after all this time?. Ive got one of these overclocked to 3.6ghz running cool & sweet virtually non stop for the last 6 months in my media center. Definitley recommend at this price.


You never know, it was only a few months back ebuyer stopped selling them. You were only saving about £20 as well if you got a B3 instead of a G0. Before xmas it was a different story.
#13
how do you know if its go or 3 ? also what mother board would you use with this i had a Abit FP-in9 sli but its was a *** to clock and i been told its even worse with a quad

????
Update
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3066
[B]S-Spec[/B][B]Core Stepping [/B]CPUSLAFNG0QX6850SLACPG0QX6800SLACQG0Q6700SLACRG0Q6600SLAA5G0E6540SLA9XG0E6550SLA9VG0E6750SLA9UG0E6850
http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/cpu/intel/kentsfield/Q6600newstep/SLACRBOX.jpg
but would still like to know what mb you are all useing to clock this with thanks



scooter
#14
The same processor is £135.67 as their deal of the week here:

http://www.it247.com/Product/30-BX80562Q6600/Intel_Core_2_Quad_Q6600_24_GHz_processor.htm

Something tells me that for £22 less it is at least going to be OEM and probably old stock (B3) to boot.

This is a bit of a gamble so neither Hot nor Cold. If it is a B3 OEM then you are better of finding the extra for a G0 retail.
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danmc;2207505
Can't see it being a b3 now after all this time?. Ive got one of these overclocked to 3.6ghz running cool & sweet virtually non stop for the last 6 months in my media center. Definitley recommend at this price.

whats your set up what mb and your setings for the clock speed and mem timeings please :)

thanks

scooter
#16
i have heard this is a good motherboard scooter/ http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=543993
#17
Im using this mobo

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129126

But theres better chipsets out now. Got mine 3 months ago for £96. It also worked straight away and OK with OCZ RAM, heard people say they are totally incompatable.
#18
TorturedSoul;2209412
i have heard this is a good motherboard scooter/ http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=543993
Thats rubbish.

Get something like an Abit IP35-E or a Gigabyte P35-DS3R if your spending ~£70, if your spending more (i.e. around £85) then look for an Asus P5K-E. If your looking for a cheaper board, then the Gigabyte P31-DS3L is good.

nVidia chipsets on Intel sockets SUCK unless you NEED SLi.
#19
are processors easy to fit into pc's??

will this fit in a dell vostro standard motherboard or will i need another motherboard and another power supply?

ive fitted RAM before and a few PCI cards etc so thats what level im on

regards

yus
#20
Will this fit in an EEE PC?
#21
yus786
are processors easy to fit into pc's??

will this fit in a dell vostro standard motherboard or will i need another motherboard and another power supply?

ive fitted RAM before and a few PCI cards etc so thats what level im on

regards

yus


Depends on the model you have and its mobo, PSU, cooling. Not a simple answer I'm afraid.
#22
belovedmonster
Will this fit in an EEE PC?


Seriously? :?
#23
Minstadave
Depends on the model you have and its mobo, PSU, cooling. Not a simple answer I'm afraid.


ahh ****

errm i have a vostro 200
300 watt psu iirc
its got 2 fans in it too, one over the processor i think and one at the back underneath the psu fan

its already got a 2ghz core 2 duo

hth

yus786
#24
belovedmonster
Will this fit in an EEE PC?


That comment just made my day lol
#25
if your not going sli and want to over clock my oney is with the asus p5 board!! got my q6600 on air runnign @ 3.4 24/7 amazing board
#26
yus786
ahh ****

errm i have a vostro 200
300 watt psu iirc
its got 2 fans in it too, one over the processor i think and one at the back underneath the psu fan

its already got a 2ghz core 2 duo

hth

yus786


I would say this will be pushing it a tad. Your cooler is designed for a much easier to cool chip and it is quite a load to put on a 300W PSU
#27
Most boards will be fine for running this at it's rated speed (my faves are those based on the Intel 35 chipset). If you want to overclock a quad though you really need some decent kit. The best "bang for buck" Quad overclocker is the Abit IP35-Pro at a little under £100. That is why companies like OCUK base their overclocked Quad systems on this board when they could chuck a much cheaper one in:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-005-OC
#28
sibeer
Most boards will be fine for running this at it's rated speed (my faves are those based on the Intel 35 chipset). If you want to overclock a quad though you really need some decent kit. The best "bang for buck" Quad overclocker is the Abit IP35-Pro at a little under £100. That is why companies like OCUK base their overclocked Quad systems on this board when they could chuck a much cheaper one in:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-005-OC


would it be worth £20 extra to go for the abit instead of the asus board?

I dont know much about these things, just my friend had reconmended that fatal board so i mentioned it.
#29
Great price, Intel have a scheduled price drop set for June 1st so i expect all stores to follow soon.
#30
p5k prem FTW tbh
#31
Omg so tempting but I only just got my cpu in Jan. Doubt I would notice much difference as I dont do vid editing :P

Is there any news on when Intel are going to have 4 seperate cores like the amd processors?
#32
An Abit is ok, but a little finnicky.

Anything like a Gigabyte P35-DS3R, Asus P5K-E or an Abit IP35 will be fine for overclocking.

I'd look for a mobo with a P35 chipset and an ICH9R southbridge.

EDIT - Nehamlem should be a "true" Quad Core, but as proven by this CPU you can have a "fake" Quad Core and still have it be faster than a "true" Quad Core.
#33
empyphil
Omg so tempting but I only just got my cpu in Jan. Doubt I would notice much difference as I dont do vid editing :P

Is there any news on when Intel are going to have 4 seperate cores like the amd processors?


amd ones are bobins stay well clear!!1
#34
thanks all for the info i have in my

Fatality FP-IN9 SLI a core 2 duo E6420
got the ram to make a new setup and case and psu and second gfix card so mite go for a new mobo for this cpu

but again thanks for all the info u lot :)

scooter
#35
I'm tempted. I have a E6600 (the dual-core) on a AW9D-MAX, which is still doing fine. I think I can do a bios update to run the Q6600 but it will mean having to unmount my Thermaltake Typhoon cooler which is a bolt-on (sigh).
#36
asus p5k!!! u know it makes sense u will get 3.2 per core in seconds!! ;)
#37
Cackles
Im using this mobo

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129126

But theres better chipsets out now. Got mine 3 months ago for £96. It also worked straight away and OK with OCZ RAM, heard people say they are totally incompatable.


I havent paid more then £55 for a motherboard in the last five years, i aint going to start now....
#38
Why?! Motherboards are the center of the system so should surely be the most thought about and carefully picked motherboard, for £55 you're not going to get a very good one...
#39
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehalem_(microarchitecture)

Wiki says late 2008 and early 2009, think ill wait for them unless the quad cores come a lot cheaper :P
And yea these are the one core per die.
#40
Hey guys, just wanted to ask if you invalidate your warranty if you over clock a cpu?

I'm only asking because if these are retail and come with 3 years then not sure if I would want to over clock it and not be able to send it back if something goes wrong 6 months later.

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