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Vegetable
07-16-07, 07:43 AM
An article at ExtremeTech states that "the QX6700...will be around for a while, but most users won't buy one in lieu of the new CPUs." The comparable "new CPU" is the Core 2 Duo Quad Q6700, which the writer described as "really a multiplier-locked QX6700." So if that's all it is, why shouldn't I buy the older "Extreme" QX6700 (for roughly the same price)? What's better about the new chip? I do NOT overclock, so the unlocked multiplier is not a factor in my purchase decision. Which should I buy?

Amuro
07-16-07, 08:42 AM
How much is the QX6700 now, is it still $999? The Q6700 is indeed the same chip with locked multi and I think it's going to be $560 or something. If you're not overclocking then get the one that's cheaper. However, if I were you I would get a Q6600 at $266 after price cut and OC it to 3ghz.

CaptNKILL
07-16-07, 08:57 AM
How much is the QX6700 now, is it still $999? The Q6700 is indeed the same chip with locked multi and I think it's going to be $560 or something. If you're not overclocking then get the one that's cheaper. However, if I were you I would get a Q6600 at $266 after price cut and OC it to 3ghz.
Not to mention that the new G0 stepping CPUs (including quads) are hitting much higher clock speeds than any previous CPUs.

The Q6600 will be the sweet spot because its dirt cheap (for a quad) and has a 9x multiplier (since its a 1066 fsb model rather than a 1333) which will make overclocking much easier and cheaper.

Vegetable
07-16-07, 07:22 PM
How much is the QX6700 now, is it still $999? The Q6700 is indeed the same chip with locked multi and I think it's going to be $560 or something. If you're not overclocking then get the one that's cheaper. However, if I were you I would get a Q6600 at $266 after price cut and OC it to 3ghz.

I've heard that on July 22nd, the price of the QX6700 will drop to the mid $500's, to nearly exactly the same price as the new Q6700. If that's true and the price is the same, which card is preferable? I'm not interested in the Q6600--I'm looking at the Q6700 and the QX6700. thanks!

Amuro
07-16-07, 10:23 PM
I don't see mention of a price drop for the QX6700 as it's already been replaced by the QX6800 as the new extreme processor.

Anyways, as said before, the only difference between the two is the unlocked vs locked multiplier, but it doesn't really matter in your case since you're not going to overclock, so just get the Q6700. If you're ever going to overclock though, the Q6600 is a much better deal than either the QX6700 or Q6700.