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Help with Core 2 Duo vs Pentium D

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June 7, 2013 2:57:24 PM

Hey there!

Quick question for those out there in the community:

I currently run a 3.00GHz Pentium D without virtualization technology or anything of that sort, it's quite slow for today's standards, and I'm looking to upgrade it. (For those interested, here's an Intel detailed link on it: http://ark.intel.com/products/27517/Intel-Pentium-D-Pro...)

I was thinking about grabbing a nice Core 2 Duo off eBay for around $18. It's a Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66GHz. (Another detailed link: http://ark.intel.com/products/30784/Intel-Core2-Duo-Pro...)

Would this be worth the upgrade or should I save up for maybe a 3.00 GHz C2D?

Another thing to keep in mind is that I really like virtualization to run VMs, etc.

Thanks so much.

-Nick

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June 7, 2013 3:06:28 PM

depending on chipset, you'll most likely have to change your motherboard as well. so why not pick up a pentium g chip with a 1155 motherboard. at least leaves you with a decent upgrade path.
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June 7, 2013 3:12:01 PM

nhannon9 said:
Hey there!

Quick question for those out there in the community:

I currently run a 3.00GHz Pentium D without virtualization technology or anything of that sort, it's quite slow for today's standards, and I'm looking to upgrade it. (For those interested, here's an Intel detailed link on it: http://ark.intel.com/products/27517/Intel-Pentium-D-Pro...)




I was thinking about grabbing a nice Core 2 Duo off eBay for around $18. It's a Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66GHz. (Another detailed link: http://ark.intel.com/products/30784/Intel-Core2-Duo-Pro...)

Would this be worth the upgrade or should I save up for maybe a 3.00 GHz C2D?

Another thing to keep in mind is that I really like virtualization to run VMs, etc.

Thanks so much.

-Nick


The core 2 duo will be about 50% faster, and run half as hot as that pentium D you have right now, if your motherboard supports it. For that price heck yes, I would do it.
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June 7, 2013 3:33:20 PM

That C2D you're looking at has very low cache, so it will be easily bogged down with multiple tasks. See if you can find an E8400,8500,8600 instead. It'll be more expensive, but worth the price for performance.
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June 7, 2013 3:44:27 PM

stingstang said:
That C2D you're looking at has very low cache, so it will be easily bogged down with multiple tasks. See if you can find an E8400,8500,8600 instead. It'll be more expensive, but worth the price for performance.


just dont expect any of those to work in your current motherboard
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June 7, 2013 3:50:05 PM

stingstang said:
That C2D you're looking at has very low cache, so it will be easily bogged down with multiple tasks. See if you can find an E8400,8500,8600 instead. It'll be more expensive, but worth the price for performance.

4MB cache is low? Actually is it a reasonable amount.

Not huge but consider the Pentium D has dual 1 MB cache totaling 2 MB.

The C2D will work nicely as an upgrade.
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