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Q8400/Q9400 for PCSX2
#1
What kind of difference will the extra 3MB cache provide?
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#2
For PCSX2? 0-3%, depending on the game.
For most other apps and games? 0%.

Choose wisely.
Jake Stine (Air) - Programmer - PCSX2 Dev Team
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#3
It's actually a bit more for non-PCSX2 applications particularly games and compression software.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/int...i=3559&p=2
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#4
Another quick question: in gaming benchmarks, the Q8400 and the X4 945 are about equal in performance. Would PCSX2 be the same?
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#5
Q8400 might get better performance, because you can use sse4.1 which is better than sse2 (AMD CPU's).
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#6
Intel CPUs in general seem to outperform their AMD equivalents on the emulator, even when both are using SSE2.
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#7
You might not have the virtualization technology with the Q8400 (seems Intel have updated the CPU, and added VT ).
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#8
Yeah, the whole 8xxx series of Core 2 Quads are "budget" quads. They are basically the same as the 9xxx series, but without virtualization and some other features. There's basically no difference in PC gaming performance, though.
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#9
I have an XP computer that is still running great and will be for years and I can use Virtual PC on that to play any older games so virtualization isn't a big deal. In fact, I'd be 99% sure I'd never ever use it.

Okay, so, just to clarify, a 2.66Ghz Q8400 will get about the same or greater performance as a 3.0Ghz Phenom II X4 945?
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#10
If you overclock it to the same speeds, yeah.

You should be able to push that processor pretty far for an overclock, though, maybe 3.4ghz+ with a good fan.
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