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it's the Q6600

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by frogfreak, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. frogfreak


    Joined: Dec 29, 2010

    Posts: 2

    after building my new rig i keep the other system to use to learn different OS programming and to see how well it would hold it's own.

    Abit ip35pro
    Intel q6600@3.7
    8 gig ram
    ati 5770 *2 crossfire

    I’m still amazed how well the Q6600 runs and oc's how much longer will it be before this chip just cant cope it just seems to handle everything I run, what AMD proc starts to out class 1 of the best CPU I’ve had.

    Intel quad Q6600 equal in performance to which AMD?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2012
  2. linktoinsanity

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 5, 2008

    Posts: 8,212

    Location: Kent

    The latest ones? :p

    *Waits for troll accusations from AMD fanboys*

    I think clock for clock they are roughly the same speed as Phenom 2s, though the Phenom 2s are generally sold at higher clock speeds, meaning they are faster, but I would not expect by all that much.
  3. j.col


    Joined: May 31, 2010

    Posts: 3,917

    Location: Bedfordshire

  4. ChileanLlama

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 27, 2007

    Posts: 1,921

    Location: Leeds

    I've been running a Q6600 at 3.2 and a AMD A6 3650 stock on a render farm.

    CPU wise they're churning out frames at the same rate, so IMO pretty even.
  5. Webzta


    Joined: Dec 19, 2005

    Posts: 513

    Also living for the Q6600 still, had one since they came out, no plans to upgrade any time soon.

    Made that mistake going from a 2.4c to a 660, pointless waste of money ;D
  6. the_director

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 16, 2011

    Posts: 1,035

    Location: South Wales

    You are running your Q6600 @ 4.2ghz?

    That is an epic overclock.
  7. d_brennen


    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

    Posts: 13,377

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    Indeed. My two Q6600 topped out at 3.6 and 3.2 with loads of volts and high temps
  8. WingZero30


    Joined: Jun 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,997

    Location: London

    What setup and settings you are using for 4.2Ghz overclock?

    I presume it is watercooled?
  9. kirkster


    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 708

    I just upgraded to i7 on my main rig but my Q6600 has loads of life in it yet and is in my daughters machine. A superb piece of kit when I bought it in 2007 and still going strong.
  10. hopeful_builder


    Joined: Feb 13, 2012

    Posts: 545

    I loved my Q6600! 5 years, and still going strong. Incredibly powerful too. Hence why they still fetch £60 on a popular auction site I guess :D

    Upgraded to my i7, but the Q6600 will forever be in my heart
  11. andy_mk3


    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 6,879

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Still rocking a Q6600 here too, been at 3.6GHz forever :p I almost upgraded a few times now, but I really don't need to.
  12. OverDrive


    Joined: Feb 28, 2012

    Posts: 255

    Location: Herts

    I'm also still with the Q6600 @ 3.2ghz with a 5870 and 6gb.
  13. new boy


    Joined: Jun 25, 2009

    Posts: 2,691

    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    tell me about it. i had an e6600. wanted to upgrade to a C2Q but the prices were just silly. then after seeing the prices my old ddr2 could fetch i chucked the whole lot on a popular auction site and im chilling with my lappy untill ivy comes out lol.
  14. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

    Posts: 25,009

    Location: 52 Festive Road.

    Q6600 here at 3.4 coupled with a gtx480. Plays every game with AA that I want with comparative ease, including mods.
  15. uk_unbeliever


    Joined: May 6, 2009

    Posts: 504

    q6700 @ 3.75ghz here. Runs a bit toasty but these chips can take a lot! Thinking of upgrading to Ivybridge, mainly because I want to upgrade the 5870 at some point this year. Still, the 5870 is pushed to 95-100% GPU useage in most games I play.
  16. hopeful_builder


    Joined: Feb 13, 2012

    Posts: 545

    personally given your situation - I would wait until IB comes out, and then just buy a sandybridge at a tasty price. Theres not much in it performance wise, and they just a tad more eco - but the Sandybridge chips weren't exactly powered on squirrel tears.

    Going from the C2Q I was nervous as to just how good these new chips were, but I can honestly say go for it! they're just beasts! especially with a nice OC motherboard ;)
  17. QlimaxUK


    Joined: Oct 14, 2007

    Posts: 5,175

    Location: wubalubadubdub

    Great chip I have one too, just wish I bought the ABIT-ip35-pro instead of the JW-ip35-pro :) not that theres any problem with my board (exept for the faulty secondary marvell LAN port) its just that i remember reading that the abit version is better board :)
  18. stone_cold_Jimi


    Joined: Oct 22, 2007

    Posts: 118

    I still have one box with the Q6600 / Abit IP35 Pro combination. It has a couple of gig of Ballistix DDR2-1000 and I have a couple more of G-Skill but the damn board won't have it. Very annoying, because 4 gig would be just sweet.
  19. QlimaxUK


    Joined: Oct 14, 2007

    Posts: 5,175

    Location: wubalubadubdub

    I think its a common problem for the higher speed DDR2's not to work or if they do work they only run at 800, I use 4GB DDR2-800 (4 sticks) I forget what brand they are but they work fine :)
  20. the_director

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 16, 2011

    Posts: 1,035

    Location: South Wales

    The main problem with DDR2 is that it is 2-4x the price of DDR3 right now. Makes adding more ram seem pointless when you can sell it and upgrade for what feels like better value.

    However, a lot of people still finding the Q6600 fine, and why shouldn't it be? After all, it is a quad core and most people run them way above stock. I'm impressed at how rock solid mine has been running a 1.1GHZ overclock for such a long time - and I haven't really bothered to optimise the voltage even.

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