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Middle-class processors compared

PCGH Review: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus Q6600 and Phenom X4

With the Q8200 Intel now offers a more or less affordable quad-core CPU, too. We check how well the processor is doing when compared to similar priced competitors.
PCGH Review: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus Q6600 and Phenom X4
 
PCGH Review: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus Q6600 and Phenom X4 [Source: view picture gallery]
Intel quad-core processors still are a luxury commodity: While AMD's Phenom X4 is slowly but surely getting close to the 100 Euro area Intel's cheapest Yorkfield based quad-core in the form of the Core 2 Quad Q8200 costs almost 170 Euro. No the question arises, if it makes more sense to choose the phase-out model Q6600, which is available for about 145 Euros. Or is a dual-core of the same price level, like the E8400 for 130 Euros, the better solution for gamers - and what about AMD, who's Phenom top model X4 9950 Black Edition costs only 145 Euros, too?

We put the Q8200 and its competitors to the test: three games, Cinebench R10 and the CPU test of 3DMark Vantage.

Please note: The Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 is the first processor of the 8000 series with four cores. 2.33 GHz clock speed are the result of 333 megahertz FSB and a multiplier of 7. But in contrast to the Q9000 series the Q8200 has only 4 MiByte L2 cache.




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Author: Marc Sauter (Sep 22, 2008)


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ruyven_macaran Re: PCGH Review: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus Q6600 and Phenom X4
Super Moderator
11.12.2011 18:49
As mentioned in the conclusion: The Q6600 has higher overclocking capabilities and it is cheaper.
If isn't cheaper to you, than the oc remains and even that is mostly based on the higher multiplicator. If your plattform allows for high enough FSBs or you don't want to overclock, all advantages are on the 8200's side.
ruyven_macaran Re: PCGH Review: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus Q6600 and Phenom X4
Super Moderator
09.03.2009 23:50
965 or 35?
Not all 965 boards can handle 45nm quadcores an if you need a new board anyway, waiting for core i5 would probably be the best.
(though I admit 3 GHz Netburst is not always fun and though it should overclock well on a FSB1066 chipset, the prescott is still on of the most efficient electical heating devices. Probably the most effective one that doesn't emit light :ugly: )

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