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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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You will need XP pro in order to use both cores of Core2 Duo. Many manufacturers are putting XP home with the option to upgrade to Vista to save money. Another words unless you have XP pro or Vista you will not be able to take full advantage of both cores that Core 2 Duo offers.
Jerold said:
thanks for all the info.

It sounds like a worthy processor. It is just wierd that Dell only offers this one processor for this XPS 710 system. I am going to max out the RAM and look into a better video card and I should be ok.
This chart will show you the comparison.

Just plug the two cpu's you want to compare and the benchmark being a graphic or a word program.
keep in mind that its not about the "G" as in 3G or 4G anymore. Its all about how much work a CPU can get done in a given time. just because its a lesser value of "G" does not mean its slower. The slowest Core 2 Duo will beat the fastest P4 any almost every test.
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