I run a [email protected] at the moment and it works like a charm. Besides, intel announced another pricedrop for the old 65nm series and the lowend 45nm series for october.
Besides if you need power take an Intel… for now. They got just more power than the actual Phenoms… or wait either for the 45nm “Phenom2” or the Core i7/Nehalem.
The Core i7 will be the first intel processor with integrated memory controller, which was AMDs advantage before, while the 45nm “Phenom2” might be able to catch up with intel again…
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The AMDs are TDP beasts, its hard to cool the 65nm processors.
The Q6600 is easier to cool and good in comparison because it is 65nm production too.
I cool my Q9550 (45nm -> less TDP) with a Noctua NH U12 cooler and it runs almost unhearable with ~39°C core temperature with 31° ambient temperature in the case which makes it a delta of 8° which is awesome.
While rendering, gaming, prime95 or other 4*100% cpu load threads they heaten up to about 55-60°C but cool down within seconds again.
I have to say the Q9550 is the best processor i´ve ever had since the A64x2-3800