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im buying a new mobo but im undecided on the processor


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  • 3 weeks later...

If you want a cool and quiet system go for Yorkfield. If you are planning to do a major OC, or want to save your money then get the Q6600. Last week I was on the same boat as you are now, I wanted a 45nm processor and the extra cache, so I got the X3350, if money is not an issue you could go for that same CPU that I got or the core 2 version of it Q9450, otherwise Q6600 is perfectly fine for normal use if you have an aftermarket heatsink.

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Q9300 is my choice -> faster, runs cooler.

 

True, if he wants energy efficiency but the extra cache doesn't benefit the applications he runs then Q9300 is the perfect choice.

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I'm not really sure about video editing, I do audio production and having more cache makes noticeable difference when playing back many tracks and they all have to be sync'ed, but it doesn't make difference when rendering the project offline. Like I said before, if money is not an issue go for the X3350 or Q9450, at the end it's a workstation you are trying to built so you should see some benefits with that extra cache, but I can't direct you to a web page with benchmarks so you could make a better decision, sorry.

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Q9300 is my choice -> faster, runs cooler.

 

Right except it doesn't run on hackintosh. Well, it does but there is a slow clock problem that causes audio distortion, usb jitter and an array of other clock related problems making the system very unpleasant to use.

 

I deeply regret upgrading to a Q9300 to use with hackintosh :)

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The Q6600 and Q9300 are both damn fine chips and totally worth the $$

 

Yes, but Q6600 runs on vanilla leopard with minimal modifications, Q9300 requires a custom kernel. If building the system again I would've gotten Q6600.

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it thought it worked without it just not well and will th q9450 need a patched kernel too?

 

It's likely :P

 

The Q9300 works without patching, but you get distorted audio, slow clock, slow rtc, vlc is unusable, everything that requires correct time doesn't work as expected (which is pretty much everything).

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