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Topic Title: AMD E-350 or Intel Q6600 ?
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Created On: 08/02/2012 04:49 PM
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 08/02/2012 04:49 PM
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kali19
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I know I've been asking a lot of questions on here, but you guys have been really helpful

The Asus MoBo I was asking about was for my partner, this one is for me !

First off I'm NOT wanting a flame war just 'real honest' opinions please..........

I know I'm asking the impossible, but, I have the chance of a mini pc based on the E-350 APU or a midi tower based on the Intel Q6600.

All I use a pc for is web surfing, listening to music, youtube and some basic video/audio conversion. I don't play games I use my Xbox360 for that.

I would like to stay with AMD as I have never had problems with them - but the Intel is a quad core - but then I don't do anything that need it..........aahhh.

So what do you guys think, passing the buck big stile.

Apart for the CPU and Video both machines are the same :

8 Gb Ram
500 GB HDD / 64 GB SSD
DVD-RW
Card reader
and the usual sound, Ethernet and USB2 only

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 08/02/2012 10:52 PM
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Well the Q6600 is indeed more powerful but it consumes alot of power (105 watt TDP). Now that E-350 is considerably slower but it does save alot of power (18 watt TDP), making it hardly noticeable on the electric bill. I think the E-350 would be more of the fit, considering your doing basic computing tasks and some of that can even take advantage of the GPU onboard such as surfing the web and basic video/audio conversion (through GPU acceleration). This is coming from a guy who likes both sides (hence processor in sig below). Now if you have no interest in saving energy and would like to warm up the room (especially if you live in a place where its winter everyday), the Q6600 would be the better deal.

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 08/03/2012 10:50 AM
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Thanks FrozenSteel,

Thats the kind of thing I was hoping for ! I had not even thought about the GPU acceleration side of the E-350. One more thing in 'real world usage' does the fact the AMD uses
DDR3 ram make any difference over the Intel using DDR2 ?

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 08/08/2012 07:15 PM
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** Update **

If anyone is interested, I finally went with the E-350 ! had a chance to 'try' both machines different friends and while the Intel was indeed faster and more responsive than the AMD I had to thing about what I would use all the power for................so went with the AMD and am happy too, been running it for a day or so and it's perfect - ok it's no power house but it drivers my two monitors and eveyrthing works well took out the 64GB SSD as it made no difference to the speed at all. However one very strange thing I used AMD driver thingy on the web site and it said 12.6 driver was the recommended one I downloaded it/ install it and a big fat zero it does NOT recognize the HD6310 so tried again same thing so am using 12.2 ????????????

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