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How does this processor speed rate against a 3.2Ghz Processor

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I need to order a new desktop for my office to replace a 3 year old machine that runs at 3.2 Ghz. The new machines that Dell offers only has this option:

Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX6700 (8MB L2 Cache,2.66GHz,1066 FSB)

I don't think there is a standard measuring stick that is used to compare all the processor speeds that I can find or understand. I work with CAD programs that use up a lot of resources and I typically get the fastest available and max the RAM. With all the latest software that I have to install, I need the new machines to run faster than the ones they replace.

Can anyone tell me how this 2.66GHz processor compares to my current machine? I don't have the exact specs for it, this is what it lists on the dell support site for my system - PROCESSOR, 80532K, 3.2GHZ, 1M, 533, M0.
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Pentium4s were always slower than AMD32 & AMD64 chips - execpt for rendering - and the AMDs were about 1.0~1.4Ghz lower in speed. Clock rate is not everything.

You have selected a QUAD core CPU, which may or maynot be the best if your software doesn't yet support multi-core CPUs.

Now, I am linking to a CPU chart and selected the QX6700 and a prescott 3.0 (Because its a newer version with DDR2, vs. your older system)

its a Photoshop test, as they don't have any CAD testing, but play with this benchmarks. If you choose the Multitasking benchmark - you'll see the QX does the job in 2:37 vs about 8mins on a PC simular to yours.

Now, because many programs don't don't use QuadCore unless youre running a LOT of other things in the background - the E6700 can be JUST as fast for half the price.

Also, with a system not built by Dell - you can do a bit of overclocking and squeeze another 10% out of the CPU. (Overclock the 2.66Ghz to 3.2Ghz without messing with voltage or cooling. But maxed out at 3.4Ghz) ;)
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