Some of us buy the best technology of the time. Intel Quad Core Q6600 is the most talk about processor of the day after the price drop, trading a few months old Q6600 for newer stepping for better overclocking tops the agenda. While the rest of the group looks for good bargain to best suit their computing needs. I belong to the second group, but I also enjoy sitting on the sideline (right here at [M]) watching the debate and the competition of the diehards in pushing everything to the limit.
I am impressed with what the E2140 delivers especially it overclocks effortlessly at close to default voltage. The difference between E6000 series and E4000 series is Virtualization which I won’t use at home or office. The difference between E4000 and E2000 is the cache size 2 versus 1 MB. This may benefit me on video editing. Naturally, the choice is always a personal one depending on individual value system and how we use the PC. For the price, the Q6600 seems to be a good choice only if I could fully utilize it. The money I save could get me a better graphic card down the road.
Intel E4400 support features
E6420 and Q6600 support features
Intel E4400 at 2GHz with 10x multiplier Cheap CPU
at ~$120 may be my ticket to own a piece of C2D action. Geeks Computer Parts once again sent me a review sample to match the ASRock 4Core1333 ViiV. Hopefully with luck on my side, 1333 is achievable in bringing 3.33GHz from default of 2GHz matching the E2140 in 1.3GHz increase over default.
The E4400 sSpec is SLA3F. I asked for the OEM version because I heard lately that the new MO stepping is not as good as the old one contrary to the street rumor on Q6600.