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Intel17
08-25-09, 03:58 PM
I got this little guy in March '07 thinking it'd last me about a year. Well, after over two years it's still more than capable for every game I've tried running on it. It's amazing how well this thing's held up and I'm pretty certain I can get a good year or more out of it :D

Yay Q6600!

ATOJAR
08-25-09, 04:26 PM
Yip must 100% agree ... I got my quad core afew weeks after release date, Ran my Q6600@3.5GHz, I just sold it to a mate the other day and he's over the moon with it compared to his old AMD dual core CPU.

When i had mine it still ripped through everything i threw at it ... Personally that was the best upgrade ive ever made and like you said i reckon i could have easily got another 1 year plus out of it ... I think my mate will be happy for a long time to come.

The Q6600 .... Well the quad cores in general at first release i think where overkill & way ahead of there time imo.

I only upgraded because i had some spare cash & i was still more than happy with my asus commando mobo, 4GB 800MHz mem & my trusty Q6600.

I must say though im still glad i upgraded. :p

mythy
08-25-09, 05:47 PM
Yep there something all right. I got one right now runs at 3.4 with extreamly low voltage and heat. Its definitely a good chip :) Now if only i could find ram that would match it! :(

HYBRID
08-26-09, 07:32 AM
Yup....couldnt agree more the Q6600 has been running stable for me at 3.4 for well close to a year. I havent move to I7 because I dont see the big advantage and frankly havent bought into the hype. I did a little research into the I7 platforms and couldnt justify the expesss.

I am happy with my Q6600.

shteve
08-26-09, 07:34 AM
3 of my cores blew on Monday, so I've ordered the bits to go i7 920.

BelligerentBill
08-26-09, 09:46 AM
(nana2) Another bump for the Q6600. I'm only at 3.0 GHz since the start of summer and the upgrade to 8 GB of ram seemed to knock my 3.2 GHz off the table. I know this chip will do more, but not without extensive testing and trimming in the bios. Something I cannot be bothered with anymore as it simply isn't worth the added strain on the processor for what amounts to a negligible performance increase (reducing memory timings and whatnot). IMO 3.0 GHz has always been the sweet spot for the Q6600 anyways. Long live my Q6600 I know for sure I'll still be running it as my main proc two years from now.

ViN86
08-26-09, 09:57 AM
I love my E8400. But I am going to get a Q9550 or Q9650 soon.

These C2D chips are amazing.

Kemo
08-26-09, 11:17 AM
I must have bought my q6600 from another planet, because on my 680i LT, 3.2ghz (400x8) @ 1.44v was very unimpressive. I popped into my other system which has a Biostar G31-M7 TE mobo and it was running fine up until a few weeks ago, now I cannot even install windows. Keeps restarting. The idle temps used to hover around 35-40c now idle is about 47c. I think my chip might be dying, or I just got unlucky and got a bad chip. This has the G0 stepping by the way.

turdhat
08-26-09, 01:39 PM
Yes it is. I have had my g0 stepping since they launched. Running at 3.65 and ZERO issues. I see no need to jump on I7 at all. Every game I have runs great in 1920x1080 so why bother ?

Intel17
08-26-09, 02:39 PM
Yes it is. I have had my g0 stepping since they launched. Running at 3.65 and ZERO issues. I see no need to jump on I7 at all. Every game I have runs great in 1920x1080 so why bother ?

Are you using any special cooling? If so, what? I want to try to OC to some pretty high levels (stock cooler sucks).

Eliminator
08-26-09, 06:03 PM
perfectly happy with my Q6600 G0.... got it a year ago for $180 CDN which is a steal considering they cost more nowadays... running it at 3.6GHZ at 1.5V ever since day 1 and the cooler is OCZ vendetta 2... also my motherboard is about 3 years old now and its still rocking

SilentMercury
08-27-09, 04:31 AM
Still hanging on to my Q6600 with no complaints

Revs
08-27-09, 04:52 AM
I love my E8400. But I am going to get a Q9550 or Q9650 soon.

These C2D chips are amazing.

I've been thinking the same thing, ViNniE. As much as I'd love to upgrade to i7, I just can't afford/jusify the cost. But yeah, I think Q6600 is the best value chip ever made, and an awesome OCer with the right chipset.

bacon12
08-27-09, 09:49 AM
I wished I would have done that, and I probably could have gotten a steal on a mid range quad from someone upgrading.

Honestly the one thing that pushed me to upgrade was the ability to sli on an intel chipset. i7 x58 really is a nice platform, and my current set up should last a long time.

Kaguya
08-27-09, 08:37 PM
My Q6600 is B0 stepping so I haven't pushed it beyond 3Ghz, but I'm till very happy with it. Bumped it up to 8 Gigs of RAM and I still see little reason for an i7. The middle of the road i7's just don't seem worth the effort for an upgrade and the Extreme i7s are a ripoff price-wise. I'll probably run at least one more generation of graphics cards in my system and hopefully be able to ride it into 2011 before having to rip it out. Probably one of my longest lasting systems since my 486DX16 :D

$n][pErMan
08-28-09, 01:19 AM
I still love my current system... no complaints and can still play games with maxed settings! :D

H3avyM3tal
08-29-09, 06:26 AM
I am happy with my q6600 as well, sitting at 3.2 currently. However, I do have some questions (please answer ot):

What is the difference between this proc and a q9550? Performance wise will I see a difference if I 'upgrade' to a q9550? What are the pros and cons?

Intel17
08-29-09, 06:33 AM
What is the difference between this proc and a q9550? Performance wise will I see a difference if I 'upgrade' to a q9550? What are the pros and cons?

- Faster clock (2.83 GHz v.s. 2.4 GHz )
- 45 nm (runs cooler)
- Bigger cache (12mb v.s. 8 mb)
- Faster FSB (1333 v.s. 1066)

Really, this would probably not make much of a difference if you're running a Q6600 already...

H3avyM3tal
08-29-09, 06:55 AM
And what is the difference on performance if I mix xfire or sli with q9550 or an i7 cpu?

Edit:
If I am hijacking the thread please stop me :headexplode:

$n][pErMan
08-29-09, 12:14 PM
If you can OC your Q6600 more I doubt you would notice any difference with a Q9550. As for the Core i7 I can't say... but I doubt its worth the money difference at the moment unless you have Tri SLI or something :p