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Q9550 Is The 1333fsb Worth It, On Ddr2 1066 Mem


winterlord

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Im upgrading from a pentium D 950 so bout anything would be worth it from all i read. but i wondered since the q9550 has a 1333-FSB, would there not be much bennifit in it over a Q9300- Q8200 or even a Q6600. Tell me if im missing somethin but i supporse the 45nm clock is 5% faster clock for clock. and the q9550 does have more L2 cache. however, my question is, and maybe we should part this out part for part and the topic now would be the Front-Side-Bus w/ memory

 

 

Ram Question as well, (i know DDR3 is expensive and not a performance vs cost question) performance

 

1: is it nessasiry to use DDR3 1333 to get the most performance out of the 1333FSB vs a 1066-fsb

 

2. if DDR 2 1066mem would be fine, how would that work quad pumped on these would not be 233mhz [ maybe memory but 4x same number wont equal the 1333 bus here], (might be missin somthin here, i read the OC article though)

 

3. i need to buy new memory for the system im building, (giving this one to my lady and it has ddr 6400) Staying withen the DDR2 envolope would DDR2 1200 (9600) , be of any great benifit over DDR2 1066 memory for the 1333fsb of the 45nm proc.

 

About me, id press this proccessor full most of the time , i have a 9800gtx+, and my envisioned normal day would be playing a blu-ray on the 22inch 3000:1 contrast ration monitor, running virus scan, while playing a cool newer game like crysis/online mmo with another 22 inch monitor 8000:1 Samsung and 10 web browsers open. (all togetherr 2x 22inch monitors) tryin to squeze the most out of my money id hope this envison is possable and heard it is, cause after the processor and before the nehlam benchmarks and maturity. id have to squeze what i could out of this. Now for 105 bucks i could get 4GB of 2x 2gb sticks of DDR1066 but if theres a big difference id rather spend the 70-80 for 2x 1GBsticks and max that to 4gb total

 

and in 1 year hopefully nehlem will be well mature motherboards and all and octo cores, and take this new setup further but thats down the line a bit.}

 

 

Pc Specs at the moment are : pentium D 950

2x 36gb 10k rpm raptors 00LNR5

2x 22 inch monitors

Asus P5k Premium

PNY 9800GTX+

Zalman , Copper cooler

 

and a 550 CoolerMaster real power pro , 12v rail is 19-19-19

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1) No, even decent quality DDR2 800 would probably be just fine unless you are planning on some serious overclocking.

 

2) Memory doesn't have to run in sync with the FSB speed. It's not something I would be worried about. For example I run my E8400 (also 1333MHz stock bus speed) at 1800MHz FSB with memory in sync at 1:1. 450MHz x 4 = 1800MHz FSB and 450MHz x 2 = 900MHz RAM. A stock speeds running at 1:1 the RAM would be running at DDR2 667 (as it would on a Q9550).

 

3) Again, the main benefit of faster rated memory is when you are looking to overclock, particularly if your processor has a low multiplier (it's 8.5 on the Q9550).

 

If you plan on doing a lot of multitasking (especially with apps that eat memory such as newer games), then more RAM is always helpful. In which case I would go with 4GB at a minimum (running a 64bit Operating System naturally).

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