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    Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    As title, which are the best 45nm Core 2 CPUs for overclocking at the mo? Also any recommended mobos from Scan for running them on? I don't ask for much. TIA HEXers

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    The new E0 stepping is coming out later this month. There has been a report of the E8600 achieving 5Ghz on air.

    http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60456...ircooling.html

    Of course I doubt it was stable but if you want overclocking headroom then you should wait a while longer for the E0 steppings to come in.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Quote Originally Posted by richieuk View Post
    Budget?
    Good question, I'm looking more for the better price performance models if that makes sense, which sort of rules out the extreme models. OK, let's put the top limit at £350 or the Q9550.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhaoman View Post
    The new E0 stepping is coming out later this month. There has been a report of the E8600 achieving 5Ghz on air.

    http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60456...ircooling.html

    Of course I doubt it was stable but if you want overclocking headroom then you should wait a while longer for the E0 steppings to come in.
    Thanks for that. Don't think I can wait though - system needs to be specced and built as soon as really.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    I've read the e7200 is a good chip to OC, Can go to 3.2ghz by just upping the FSB from 1066 to 1333 (same as e8400 iirc)
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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    E8400 has a good reputation for OCing methought...

    And with that much money to burn you may as well get the best reputation one around

    Cheaper in the long run.. as you won't have to upgrade it, although you don't HAVE to upgrade any components inside of a computer..

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Any views on quad core?

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    I thought my e8200 was great value and can do 4ghz on air if I up the voltages

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Quote Originally Posted by countzerouk View Post
    Any views on quad core?
    imo the best quad core for price/performance ratio is still the Q6600 but thats 65nm not 45nm

    otherwise go for either e7200 or one of the e8*** range

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    The E7200 features less cache which will impact game performance by 10%. If you have the money then the E8400 is the best bang for buck.

    The 45nm quads are quite a waste of money at the moment. The Q6600 can easily keep up with the new 45nm quads and at half the price of a Q9450. If you want quad core then the Q6600 is still the best for the money as it is in no way slower than any of the new chips if you OC it. Now is a great time to buy CPUs because £100 will pretty much buy you the fastest in the market.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhaoman View Post
    The E7200 features less cache which will impact game performance by 10%.
    Overall game performance by 10%? I find that hard to believe, got a review/article or something?

    It may reduce the CPU's contributing performance by 10%.. that doesn't exactly count for much though.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Also there are very few if any desktop applications or games that will take advantage of four cores. It makes sense for a server but not for your own machine.
    Real world type benchmarks seem to put the E8400/E8500 significantly ahead of the Q6600 and as said the overclocking potential is extremely good. I'm going to get myself an E8500 in the next few weeks. Still not sure what motherboard though. I have been planning to get an Abit IP35 Pro but the IP35 seems to be coming to the end of it's line and I'm not sure whether it's better to go for a technology that's had most of it's problems ironed out through various bios upgrades (presumeably) or a newer technology.
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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Overall game performance by 10%? I find that hard to believe, got a review/article or something?

    It may reduce the CPU's contributing performance by 10%.. that doesn't exactly count for much though.
    Lol here you go:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_4.html#sect0

    The cache makes very little difference to everyday applications but games take an average 10% hit.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    Nice.

    Wouldn't put me off the E7200 though. I wouldn't buy any E8*** dual.

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    Re: Best Wolfdale and Yorkfield for OC

    If your looking for something to last you more than a couple of years, the Q6600 has great overclocking potential, people can get varying speeds between 3.2 to 4Gig stable, but 3.2 / 3.4 is a sensible long term goal as all overclocks are hit and miss. But like you said, you want 45nm, so I'd say a middleof the line Q9450 would be a good place to start for overclocking, however how much you'll get out of it is touch and go, I've seen 3.8 stable on WC. Either way the quad core will save an upgrade when it becomes useful later on. Also, if your future proofing, forget p35, look at high end p45 (£100+) or decent x48 if you got the money (You could get a good x48 board and q9450 for around £350 with SCAN offers).

    If you're just looking for a project, or something to last a year or two, the q6600 is still an option due to its price, but the real performance comes from the Dual-core E chips. The E7200 seems to be quite popular, due mainly to its price, and i've seen it clocked upto 4Ghz (not sure how stable under stress) but again a stable 3.2-3.6 could be possible for a budget. Also, if I not looking for futureproofing and bells n whistles, the P35 chipset is pretty much agiven choice.
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