Q9550S is still modern and will mostly keep up with the latest CPUs to the limits of its overclock. And of course, Bloomfield is still a great gaming CPU at 4GHz
but honestly the q9400 i had was not faster than the q6600. I could only get it overclocked to 3.4ish. My q6600 (g0) was able to hit 3.7ghz rock solid and i was only being held back by temps. Both overclocked, the q6600 beat my q9400 in every way. if i had better than a thermaltake 120 i prolly shouldve been able to go higher even. But i never did go for it. i actually went backwards.....
since then, i dropped the clocks to 3.4. I would go 3.6 if i needed it. And lately i havent a need for the extra 200mhz. Its been 3.4 for a long long while. The good thing is at 3.4 i still have my power savings features and my cpu volts are a low 1.34.
Core2 had a really good run though, there is no shame in it's game
Quad-core, not a dual core, really, though. I think a Q6600 at 3.6 GHz is still good for any single GPU card under 150 Voodoopower.
after buying a q9400 and wasting my money i really wanted to hold out for awhile. I was waiting for Bulldozer, but that went up in smoke. The i seen SB and set my goal to upgrade to IB. Now after seeing IB, i might actually go with SB. Really i am on the fence. my plan was to get the 7950 and then IB. Then i got a steal on the evga ftw 560 448core which is essentially a gtx570 stock. I got a super great deal on it, i think i only had 200 in it and this was january. So then i was like, i guess i will wait for nvidias 28nm line up to upgrade. and now i am here. I dont think the 680 is gonna give me the boost i am looking for. I want to build a system that blows me away. At this point, i think i might hold out for the holidays........maybe then i will be sucked in....
I just cannot believe how long this cpu has lasted me, its freakn crazy!!! I still get extremely decent fps. the benchmarks i see here and there for a gtx570 are not far from what i get with this old CPU. I just dont play many CPU demanding games i guess. Anyway, i havent checked much lately. I got some time off from work this week, i think i might mess around a bit. See how much this core2 quad is bottle-necking my poor mans 570!!!!!