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Comparison of Core2 CPUs - 5200 and 8400

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Just after a quick opinion

I've currently got a Core 2 E5200 running at 3.7GHz on air stable for several years. Considering a minor upgrade to a E8400 with the obvious intent of OCing it too.

Any ideas what the performance difference would be? Worth it or just wasting time. Obviously lot will probably depend on how well the E8400 overclocks.

Just a stop-gap prior to a proper upgrade at some point in the future.
 
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The only thing I use the desktop for is playing the X series of games from Egosoft (space sims) which are pretty hard on systems for both CPU and GPU. I dont care about the graphics so generally have them tuned down to improve overall performance.

When things get busy in the game - performs goes out the window and I believe its probably a CPU bottleneck

System details:

Abit IP35 Pro
E5200 @ 3.7 on air
4Gb Ram
X1950 pro (going to be replaced )
 
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Doesn't that wholly rely on the games he plays being multi-threaded though?

It just dosen't make that much sense to go from one dual core to another, the 4mb cache extra isn't going to make all that difference. A Quad will generally be better in normal usage and general system performance as well.
 
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True but that might be what he needs if it's a single threaded application, I'd just save up for Sandy/Ivybridge tbh
 
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More than 3.7 :o On air ?! I thought the max it'd go is 3.6-ish on air. I ask because I have the q6600 + p5k3 deluxe (p35 + ddr3) And I'll be oc'ing it this weekend.

When playing something like BF3 @ 3.6, would my freezer 7 pro behave like a fighter jet ?

Oh and to OP, if your game makes use of the 4 cores, deffo q6600...
 
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More than 3.7 :o On air ?! I thought the max it'd go is 3.6-ish on air. I ask because I have the q6600 + p5k3 deluxe (p35 + ddr3) And I'll be oc'ing it this weekend.

Mine sat at 3.7GHz on air using both my IP35-PRO and later my Intel DX38BT.

(Tuniq Tower Extreme 120)
 
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The reason for not going for a quad is that its currently single threaded so there is no inherent benefit except the other cores can be utilised by other applications - that said I deliberately dont run other applications when gaming for this very reason.

The idea was to spend uner £30 on this - so not an expensive option but needs to provide some level improved performance or its pointless.
 
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