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Q6600 G0 Stepping Retail £113.92 + £6.95 P&P @ Aria

£113.92 @ Aria PC
To get the CPU for this price click Superspecials the CPU/Processors and it is in there. The Intel Core 2 quad-core processor is the world's first quad-core desktop processor, delivering the latest… Read More
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8y, 10m agoFound 8 years, 10 months ago
To get the CPU for this price click Superspecials the CPU/Processors and it is in there.

The Intel Core 2 quad-core processor is the world's first quad-core desktop processor, delivering the latest in cutting-edge processor technology. This processor has been designed for your customers who are PC enthusiasts.
Today's multimedia applications such as video/audio editing and rendering, and 3D modeling focus on threaded computing for performance and demonstrate amazing scalability with quad-core processors. The Intel Core 2 quad-core processor takes on several tasks with significant improvements in system responsiveness by off-loading certain tasks to specific cores, thus freeing up additional processor resources for other tasks so your customers can get more done in less time!

Features

Enhanced Halt State (C1E)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Execute Disable Bit 1
Intel EM64T 2
Intel Thermal Monitor 2
Intel Virtualization Technology
Quad Core
Technical Details:
64-bit support Yes
Clock multiplier 9
Fsb (mhz) 1066
Level 2 cache (kb) 2 x 4096 (each L2 cach is shared between 2 cores)
Manufacturing process 65nm
Number of cores 4
Retail/oem Retail
Socket 775 (LGA775)
Clock speed 2.4Ghz


Great price for the processor but even with the high postage it still works out to be cheaper then other places!
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#1
Voted hot but...only £3 cheaper than Scan, so not scorching.
#2
Thanks!

But i worked it out to be about £9 cheaper then Scan when you include delivery unless theres a code for free delivery somewhere.

How would this compare to the AMD PHENOM 9750?
#3
You get free delivery with Scan over £50 via avforums.
#4
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400
#5
MrShed
You get free delivery with Scan over £50 via avforums.


nope, i'm afraid that you dont....

that finished a few months ago, because people abused it.

Edit: hot vote from me
#6
droitwichdosser
nope, i'm afraid that you dont....

that finished a few months ago, because people abused it.

Edit: hot vote from me


Fair enough, but you still get it from Hexus forums as far as I can see.
#7
weirdwilli
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400


http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000942.html

what you might find useful, is if you have something else running in the background though (virus scanning, video encoding), then any games your playing will be less effected

also might find this interesting

http://www.tech-forums.net/pc/f15/what-games-optimized-quad-core-164536/
#8
weirdwilli
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400


Gaming is primarily gpu driven.........I think 2.4 ghz can handle things ok.
#9
weirdwilli
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400


That's not the whole story. In real-world gaming tests the two processors are about equal at the moment (the E8400 is one or two fps ahead). Tests with the graphics turned down to try and show what will happen when in a few years when games become limited by your old CPU do show the E8400 with a 15% or so advantage, however those tests are performed using current or old games which aren't taking advantage of the extra cores. In three or four years time when your CPU will genuinely be the limiting factor that may have changed and the quad-cores could have 50-75% more performance than the dual-cores.

Then again, it may not have and you've had been better going for the dual-core. You pay your money and you take your choice.

A couple of other thoughts though:

The Q6600 is two dual-cores stuck together.

With the number of cores going up and up (Intel will release the 8-core nehelam at the end of this year) it's possible that the performance of each single core won't be increasing much over the next couple of years. If that does happen then these two processors won't go obsolete for single and dual-core applications for much longer.
#10
Hot. But keep in mind that new Intel price drop on 3rd quarter of this year. So you might want to hold out for a little longer.

Newer / Price Cut Core 2 Quad Processors
Processor - Speed - Current Price - Newer Q3 Price
Q9550 - 2.80 GHz - $530 - $316
Q9400 - 2.66 GHz - NA - $266
Q6600 - 2.40 GHz - $224 - $203

To be Phased Out Core 2 Quad Processors
Q9450
Q9300
Q6700

------------------------------------------------------------

Newer / Price Cut Core 2 Duo Processors
Processor - Speed - Current Price - Newer Q3 Price
E8600 - 3.33 GHz - NA - US$266
E8500 - 3.16 GHz - $266 - $183
E8400 - 3.00 GHz - $183 - $163
E7300 - 2.66 GHz - NA - $133
E7200 - 2.53 GHz - $133 - $113

To be Phased Out Core 2 Duo Processors
E8300
#11
Its been this price on scan before and theres a seller on ebay that sells them for £115. Those that are saying the E8400 is faster they are wrong on certain games they are a bit faster but programs that are optimized for the q6600 are way faster than the E8400 and the q6600 are monster overclockers mine is at 3ghz on 1.2v its that good the auto voltage setting was more than it needed i had to drop the voltage these are good for 3.4-3.7ghz and on water will do 4ghz thats why the Q6600 is intels best selling cpu and the E8400 is getting cheaper each week its a great cpu i choose this over the E8400 and im glad i did as mine blows my mates E8400 out of the water.
#12
asusboy
Hot. But keep in mind that new Intel price drop on 3rd quarter of this year. So you might want to hold out for a little longer.


Also now might not be the best time to invest in a new 775 motherboard to hold the quad 45nm CPUs because the new socket for Intel Nehalem is just around the corner.

btw a Q9300 goes for around £127 on ebay.
#13
would this processor be good in a desktop used to play HD DVD's & Blu-rays? or any other high bitrate videos?

thx.
#14
K1LLER HORNET;2465159
would this processor be good in a desktop used to play HD DVD's & Blu-rays? or any other high bitrate videos?


Piece of cake for a quad. You'd be at 30% or something, even without a graphics card helping out.
#15
Was an article once on the nebula electronics web site claiming DVB HD or HD freeview would require a quad core processor to do the decoding.
!!!!
#16
zebrum
Also now might not be the best time to invest in a new 775 motherboard to hold the quad 45nm CPUs because the new socket for Intel Nehalem is just around the corner.

btw a Q9300 goes for around £127 on ebay.


Couldn't agree more, new socket will drive price of all older stuff down when it arrives waiting until then for next PC builds
#17
GDawes;2465464
Was an article once on the nebula electronics web site claiming DVB HD or HD freeview would require a quad core processor to do the decoding.
!!!!


Nah, I watch BBC HD all the time, it's no harder to decode than Bluray h264.

However, if you're watching broadcast HD, you should get a midrange graphics card for the deinterlacing (eg ATI 3650 or NVidia 8600) - software deinterlacing can't match hardware at present. Don't go for the really cheap cards like the 2400/3400 or 84008500, as they don't quite have enough shader power for top notch deinterlacing (ie they do bob rather than vector-adaptive).

Of course, these cards will accelerate HD decoding also, so that will reduce the CPU load to near zero. No need to get a quad then - even cheap as dirt processors will be fine.


More generally, the real benefit of the Q6600 is for cheapskate overclockers. Because it has a 9x multiplier, you can push it to perhaps 3.6 without needing monster fast ram or motherboard FSB speeds. For non-overclockers, the faster dual cores are probably a better deal.
#18
EndlessWaves

Tests with the graphics turned down to try and show what will happen when in a few years when games become limited by your old CPU do show the E8400 with a 15% or so advantage, however those tests are performed using current or old games which aren't taking advantage of the extra cores.

In three or four years time when your CPU will genuinely be the limiting factor that may have changed and the quad-cores could have 50-75% more performance than the dual-cores.



Anyone specifically buying a Q6600 is likely to be an enthusiast. In 3 or 4 years time, an enthusiast (or even a non-enthusiast, for that matter), will probably have upgraded to a newer CPU.

Remember, in computing there is no such thing as future proofing, so its always best to buy what suits your needs now and in the next year or so.

There is absolutely no way I would buy a CPU based on what it might be able to achieve in 4 yrs.
#19
whats this company like ? I hate these shops that don't have realtime stock levels take your money then don't have the stock and take 2 weeks to put the money back on your card like microdirect
#20
weirdwilli;2460671
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400

Completely correct. Voted cold because for most people even a dual core is overkill. Not played a game yet which fully utilises both cores of my E8400 fully. Being a slower clocked part the Q6600 will be slower on games which only use one core anyway which is most games these days.
#21
306maxi;2466060
Completely correct. Voted cold because for most people even a dual core is overkill. Not played a game yet which fully utilises both cores of my E8400 fully. Being a slower clocked part the Q6600 will be slower on games which only use one core anyway which is most games these days.
You voted this deal cold because a single threaded game wont use your Dual Core? Your an idiot! I have a Quad and I have it at 100% load regularly... WinRAR, 3D Rendering, Certain games etc... it all adds up. Yes, it's slower than an E8400 in SINGLE THREADED games and some apps, but in others its not.
#22
vaiopup;2462557
Gaming is primarily gpu driven.........I think 2.4 ghz can handle things ok.

Yes and no. Games at the moment are GPU limited. Which means that it's GPU's holding back the ultimate FPS levels of games like Crysis. But that doesn't mean that a CPU with more cores is better than one with more clockspeed. I'll take my E8400 anyday. Uses a lot less power than a Q6600 and only has two cores which is all you'll need for the next year or so anyway. A Q6600 is great for people who want to brag about about the fact that they have a quad core cpu......
#23
Jakg;2466074
You voted this deal cold because a single threaded game wont use your Dual Core? Your an idiot! I have a Quad and I have it at 100% load regularly... WinRAR, 3D Rendering, Certain games etc... it all adds up. Yes, it's slower than an E8400 in SINGLE THREADED games and some apps, but in others its not.

Did I say I was playing single threaded games? No?
Colin McRae DiRT and Team Fortress 2 are both games which take advantage of multi-core CPU's. I guess you'd be too busy making assumptions about people to know these things. As is pointed out time and time again 99% of games out there these days don't fully utilise the processing power of a dual core like an E8400 so a Q6600 is a waste unless you're obsessed with being able to run a virus scan while you're playing a game while you're running torrents for your pirated movies while you're rendering family videos. Fine.... if you want to multi-task to that level then a Quad is great. But for a person who wants to play games a dual core is more than enough and a high clocked dual core will beat the pants off a lower clocked quad core 99% of the time for a games.....
Now who's the idiot? :-D
#24
zebrum
Also now might not be the best time to invest in a new 775 motherboard to hold the quad 45nm CPUs because the new socket for Intel Nehalem is just around the corner.

But affordable Nehalem systems aren’t exactly just around the corner though. The first Nehalem desktop platform is due Q4 this year which means up to 5 months away and possibly in limited supply; too early to say.
What has been established is that it will be the high end platform that gets released first which supports triple channel RAM on the LGA1366 platform and supports DDR3 only. So the CPUs, motherboards and RAM will all be expensive.

The mainstream LGA1160 dual channel RAM platform might not turn up until Q3 2009 according to recent reports. So you’re looking at up to a year before affordable Nehalem desktop systems appear. There’s plenty of life left in the LGA775 platform.
#25
weirdwilli
People, please remember that this is NOT a gaming CPU, if you primarily want to buy a gaming Processor then C2D Would be a better option, like the equily priced E8400


This is a gaming CPU with G0 stepping it is highly overclockable, i know people that have got these to 3.8ghz on air cooling.. and even hitting the 4.5ghz on water.. Ive got one running at 3.4ghz on air and it blows my old AMD 6400+ out of the water.. there new 45nm chips have got a locked multipler so you get what you buy, with this you can oc it as muchhh as you want =p
#26
PB94941
there new 45nm chips have got a locked multipler so you get what you buy, with this you can oc it as muchhh as you want

The multiplier is locked on all Intel CPUs except for the $1,000 versions so the advantage with the Q6600 is that it has a multiplier of 9 which makes it easier to over-clock. You can get 45nm Quads with a multi of 9 also but they currently cost a lot more.
#27
PB94941;2466465
This is a gaming CPU with G0 stepping it is highly overclockable, i know people that have got these to 3.8ghz on air cooling.. and even hitting the 4.5ghz on water.. Ive got one running at 3.4ghz on air and it blows my old AMD 6400+ out of the water.. there new 45nm chips have got a locked multipler so you get what you buy, with this you can oc it as muchhh as you want =p

The multiplier is locked on this too..........
#28
Aria are the worst online company I ever dealt with. Had an order arrived damage and couldn't get them to collect it. Contacted googlepay about it and they got me a phone number to call different from the main number but it was never answered. Absolutely vile company best avoided. Zero aftersales support. i had to take a financial hit for a motherboard and case. I could have taken it to the small claims court but didn't bother. I was so busy at the time I just didn't have the time to pursue it properly but as you can imagine I will never use aria again. I can't imagine any company giving worse service. I'm pretty sure there are lots of information about aria's disgusting customer service on the web. Maybe aria have sorted themselves out now as my issues were about a year ago. I know ebuyer used to be bad but then transformed themselves and are excellent. However I would avoid aria unless the price is so good its worth the gamble. Personally I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.
#29
ebuyer is slightly cheaper at £119.88 including delivery.
#30
pc_tech86
ebuyer is slightly cheaper at £119.88 including delivery.


If i can remember correctly i think thats an OEM and not retail boxed. The retail boxed processors come with a fan and normally come with a longer warranty then oem ones.
#31
oh right didn't notice it was an OEM. Anyways i voted hot for this deal as i paid much more about a year ago for one of these. They are excellent processors and i would highly recommend it, iv'e had no problems with this CPU whilst gaming most of the latest games at the highest settings.
#32
The price is good for the item and one of the cheapest around, the retailer is respectable - I have never had any problems with them so the deal is hot. Thanks OP!
#33
asusboy
Hot. But keep in mind that new Intel price drop on 3rd quarter of this year. So you might want to hold out for a little longer.

Q6600 - 2.40 GHz - $224 - $203


For a £10 price drop it's not worth waiting since it's entirely possible some other component will have gone up in price by £10.

sunama
Anyone specifically buying a Q6600 is likely to be an enthusiast. In 3 or 4 years time, an enthusiast (or even a non-enthusiast, for that matter), will probably have upgraded to a newer CPU.

There is absolutely no way I would buy a CPU based on what it might be able to achieve in 4 yrs.


I know some people like to upgrade every six months, but there are plenty of people like me who buy a computer and keep running it until it's completely useless. I'm typing this on an Athlon XP 2700+ from 2003.

There would be no point in buying a CPU because it might be good in six years time if it was rubbish now but the Q6600 is pretty much as good as the E8400 at the moment.
#34
Jakg;2466074
You voted this deal cold because a single threaded game wont use your Dual Core? Your an idiot! I have a Quad and I have it at 100% load regularly... WinRAR, 3D Rendering, Certain games etc... it all adds up. Yes, it's slower than an E8400 in SINGLE THREADED games and some apps, but in others its not.

You've just highlighted yourself as an adolescent!.
You feel you can dictate whether or not someone can vote cold on a deal?.
The best bit is you're then pretending to own a Quad Core processor...on whose paper round money?
Why do people, especially kids like this chap above, feel the need to defend a piece of hardware like they own the patent for it is beyond me. At the end of the day it's like someone else on here said "you pay your money you take your choice".
And to reiterate other views, Dual and Quad Core sound good, look good but don't yet taste that good due to limitations of applications. Add to that the likelihood most people will be running them "32 bit" it's all a little too soon to be wetting your pants over.
However, having said that, bigger cpu L2 cache on some of these processors coupled with improved voltage and heat regulation make for a better PC overall. Personally I think Core 2 Duo E8200 / E8400 represents a better deal in the "bang for buck" stakes....and I have neither so this is not an emotional response but a constructive observational one!.
#35
DAZZ2000;2469230
You've just highlighted yourself as an adolescent!.
You feel you can dictate whether or not someone can vote cold on a deal?.
The best bit is you're then pretending to own a Quad Core processor...on whose paper round money?
Why do people, especially kids like this chap above, feel the need to defend a piece of hardware like they own the patent for it is beyond me. At the end of the day it's like someone else on here said "you pay your money you take your choice".
And to reiterate other views, Dual and Quad Core sound good, look good but don't yet taste that good due to limitations of applications. Add to that the likelihood most people will be running them "32 bit" it's all a little too soon to be wetting your pants over.
However, having said that, bigger cpu L2 cache on some of these processors coupled with improved voltage and heat regulation make for a better PC overall. Personally I think Core 2 Duo E8200 / E8400 represents a better deal in the "bang for buck" stakes....and I have neither so this is not an emotional response but a constructive observational one!.

Amen to that. Personally if it were up to me I wouldn't have a dual core CPU. I'd have a highly clocked single core CPU. But these days if you want a fast PC you need a dual core CPU.
#36
DAZZ2000
You've just highlighted yourself as an adolescent!.
You feel you can dictate whether or not someone can vote cold on a deal?.
The best bit is you're then pretending to own a Quad Core processor...on whose paper round money?
Why do people, especially kids like this chap above, feel the need to defend a piece of hardware like they own the patent for it is beyond me. At the end of the day it's like someone else on here said "you pay your money you take your choice".....


well said.
#37
Right now, I still feel that a fast dual core cpu is the best option as most software doesnt use 4 cores. On top of which quad cores generally use more power and create more heat.

In 6 years though (as someone suggested earlier), a 4 (or more) core cpu would be better, so if you upgrade every 6 years, then maybe a quad core would be better.

I for one dont keep my CPUs for 6 years. It doesnt cost much to upgrade, eg. if you buy a dual core now, you could probably get yourself a faster 8 core cpu in 3yrs time (socket compatability permitting), for very little.

At the end of the day though its your choice and your money and either way (dual or quad), you wont go too far wrong.
#38
sunama
if you buy a dual core now, you could probably get yourself a faster 8 core cpu in 3yrs time (socket compatability permitting), for very little.

No chance of that as Intel are replacing LGA775 later this year with a couple of different sockets.
#39
Some of us utilise all 4 cores on 100% load 24/7.

To say folks buy a quad just for bragging rights is nonsense..

Would buy 10 of them if I had the money........and would fully utilise them too :p
#40
quad core ? twin core ?

HOLD ON - isnt all the data coming off / on ONE hard disk ?

all a bit of a con really, yes, 4 cores, but do u have 4 HDs each with their own data channel ?

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