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Pros Inexpensive. Fast. Increased cache size over the E2160 is noticeable.
Cons Mine did not overclock as well as hoped.
Summary All in all though a 600mzh overclock is pretty amazing considering that small bump has pushed my processor into E8400 territory for $50 less (when on sale) at stock voltages.
I upped the voltage to 1.45 to squeeze everything I could out of my sample, but I was frightened by my increase in core temperatures (60 degrees with an Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 with good paste and proper seating) at this voltage I did manage to push the processor to 4.0Ghz, but I won't run it 24/7 at those temperatures. For day to day usage I will stick to stock volts and 3.1ghz overclock. Mine is a decent sample, but others have pushed their copies much higher on small voltage increases.
All in all a good little processor. If you have 3 or 4 series Intel chipset and want to upgrade from an E2xxx, or E4xxx processor give this one a whirl, the bump in Cache size alone is worth the money.
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Pros - 45nm technology - highly overclockable - runs fast and cool
Cons - the castrated cache - price makes Phenoms competitive, especially for heavy multitaskers
Summary Got this along with a budget build PC that I got. Runs fast, highly overclockable with the right motherboards (I got a EP35-DS3L, also from NCIX). Right now running on 3.34GHz on air with a rather crappy cooler. If upgraded to a better cooler, it can certainly hit 4GHz easy.
The defective temp sensor people talk about can easily be overcome by using RealTemp or HWMonitor. They tell the true temperature, and are compatible with 45nm. But if your sensor's stuck, I don't know what to tell you...
Overall, great processor. Will buy again for budget-mainstream.
Summary I replaced an old Pentium D 805 that I had with this. The computer that it is in runs as my home file/media server. It's cooler and more power efficient than the former processor, so I have noticed a marked decline in heat, cpu fan speed, and I'm actually saving on my power bill! I have not overclocked it, and I don't plan on it, so I won't comment on that. Good processor for a home server, overall.
Summary I don't overclock, so I can't say much about that aspect. The chip is very cool (runs cool). I can have it with my scythe ninja on passive. It's quite speedy as well. I also have the E8400 and I think that the speed of this and that chip are pretty equal.
Summary Recently did a system flip flop going from AMD back to Intel. I must say that intel always seems to be somewhat better designed in terms of temperature and performance. The only thing this processor may benefit from is maybe another megabyte of L2 cache
Summary I'm amazed by this CPU. It's very powerful yet it saves energy when not fully loaded. Paired with my Gigabite Mobo and its EnergySaver program it consumes much less power by using dynamic power phase, dynamic voltage and frequency. I am very happy with this purchase.
Based on revolutionary Intel Core microarchitecture, the breakthrough Intel Core 2 Duo processor family is designed to provide powerful energy-efficient performance so you can do more at once without slowing down.
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