Which of there 2 cpus best for gaming FPS ?

Intel Core 2 quad q6600 processor
August 10, 2010 at 09:11:40
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, DualCore Intel Pentium D 830, 3000 MHz (15 x 200) / 4Gb Kingston DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM
(Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor 2.4ghz 1066mhz FSB 8mb cache)


(Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz 1333FSB 6mb l2 cache)

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August 10, 2010 at 09:24:47
CPU's matter very little when it comes to gaming.

However, currently you will see much more gain from the Core 2 Duo instead of the quad core CPU. The reason is that windows and games in general just aren't built for multi-processor performance, and according to all of the reviews I have seen, the quad core CPU's compared to the dual core cpu's at the same speed get less FPS than the dual cores, because of the overhead of running an SMP system I'm guessing. So unless you are going to use the system for photoshop only, don't go with the quad core.

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August 10, 2010 at 10:08:05
Are you sure your motherboard supports either of those CPUs?

"CPU's matter very little when it comes to gaming"

I don't necessarily agree with that. Put a single core Celeron up against a Core 2 Duo & there would be a noticeable difference. Between the two CPUs listed though, there wouldn't be as noticeable a difference, but the E8400 should perform better due to it's higher clock speed & faster FSB. Either will be better than the crappy Pentium D.

If you have a decent motherboard & aren't against overclocking, you may want to consider a Pentium dual core for less than 1/2 the price & just overclock the hell out of it, especially if you have a board capable of 1600MHz FSB.


Other than that, the graphics card is what will make or break your FPS.

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August 10, 2010 at 10:36:31
Get the Core 2 Quad. There are a few games out that list quad core CPUs in their recommended requirements section.

If you need better single-threaded performance, overclock it to 3.0GHz.

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August 10, 2010 at 10:47:09
the big advantage of wolfdale c2d is sse4.1. If a software take advantage of it u will see c2d wolfdale superfast.
"get the core 2 quad" yes i agree, newer games require quad core to run smooth e.g. Gta IV.

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August 10, 2010 at 12:42:15
Just look at the benchmarks here, there are many more around aswell. There was also a great one on Toms Hardware, but I can't find it ATM.

As you can see, most games do not support SMP, or barely support 2 CPU's in SMP. For the money, unless you are encoding videos, or playing in photoshop, you will not see any increase, and will most likely notice a slight decrease in performance when going from a dual core to a quad core. Especially if the dual core is 600Mhz faster, it will leave the quad core in the dust.

It's all in the benchmarks.

EDIT: Also take note on just how little CPU performance matters in games, for example, even a 700 mhz difference only showed .3fps on one of the benchmarks. It's ALL in the video card, spend your money there!


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August 11, 2010 at 00:44:07
Ok thanks guys

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