Intel Core 2 Q6600 G0 Stepping Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Most of you are aware that Intel recently released a new G0 stepping for its Core 2 processors. Before the new stepping ever made it into retails channels, many fortunate users were achieving incredible overclocks with their engineering sample chips. Do the retail processors perform as well? Lets find out. Anandtech has just posted a brief review of the Intel Core 2 Q6600 G0 stepping.
Here's what they had to say:
We were able to reach a higher maximum overclock with the SLACR stepping Q6600, but our highest stable overclock was not that much more than our original B3 stepping. If we look at percentages, our G0 part managed a 3 - 6% better overclock, putting overclocking potential in line with the power savings we noted. It's not a tremendously better overclocker but we suspect that on a whole it will yield tangible benefits.
There's no doubt that the new G0 stepping cores represent the latest improvements in the Core 2 lineup, but it's worthwhile to keep expectations in line with reality. If you're looking for a huge change in power consumption/overclocking headroom, you may have to wait for Intel's 45nm Penryn cores.
As you can see, the results are not as tremendous as most people expected. Of course, this was only one processor, but it is fairly representative of what I have been seeing on various forums.
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