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E2140 vs E2160 vs E2180

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February 23, 2008 6:18:16 PM

Hi, I'm currently wanting to get a tad bit more juice out of my system before i have to make the leap to pci x 16. I have looked at these three processors listed above, and they are all in the $70-$80 range. My question is which one is better for overclocking, and which one will give me enough boost to get me through to my future upgrades?
My system currently contains the following

450w psu
celeron d @ 2.8
X1650 Pro 512 DDR3 (AGP)
1.5g DDR400 RAM

Thanks :) 

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February 23, 2008 6:32:15 PM

Е2160 is a good choice. It has 9 multiplier and can be easily set to the highest stable frequencies of 3.4 ( of course voltage and cooling), motherboard is not so important at this case.
Be aware you get newest M0 revision,which is easily to clock.
February 23, 2008 6:47:48 PM

E2140 = 8x
E2160 = 9x
E2180 = 10x

Personally I would get the E2160. They seem to overclock better than the E2180 (others will disagree) but with a 10x multiplier I have a problem getting past a FSB of 300
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February 23, 2008 7:14:38 PM

^Agreed. There are some FSB limits on the E2180. I have maxed out at 330. But the 10x multi means you can hit 2.7-3.0Ghz easily.
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April 7, 2008 10:44:54 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^Agreed. There are some FSB limits on the E2180. I have maxed out at 330. But the 10x multi means you can hit 2.7-3.0Ghz easily.


which is your core revision , is M0 ?
April 7, 2008 11:11:27 AM

It all depends on whether or not you plan to overclock and how much experience you have. Everyone has automatically assumed that you will overclock. If you have little or not intention on overclocking or just want to tinker a tiny bit without going for big big gains, you are better off with the E2180.
April 7, 2008 11:20:17 AM

Edit, just re-read your post... I swear my brain didn't read your post correctly or something. So nevermind as you plan to overclock.
April 7, 2008 12:18:14 PM

2140 works perfect for me at 3.2ghz and never hits 55 deg c under full load .For the price is hard to beat but then again you never know if your getting a better one or a lemon (2.7ghz lol). I have seen some e2180's not even hit 3.2..
April 7, 2008 1:36:06 PM

I am thinking about getting one of these with MB and Ram as a hold me over until Nahelem is available at an affordable price. Right now I have an old 2400+ .

Does anyone know of a good cheap combo MB and cpu that has an agp port? This way all I would need to buy with it would be ram and keep my X1650Pro agp card ?
April 7, 2008 2:20:11 PM

As far as the 10x vs the 8x if your 2180 cant do 300x10 you can change the multi to 8. My 3180 runs 3.33 on stock cooling it will go up to 3.5 but it gets HOT HOT HOT.
April 7, 2008 2:25:07 PM

Hi cah027:

Pass on that board. The first review on NewEgg says you cannot change voltage. You will need to up the voltage if you want to OC those chips. And the whole point about the e2000 series is that you have to OC them if you are a gamer. Try this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...
There are some references to OC'ing the 2160.

Plus, get away from that AGP card. Sell yours, get about $50 for it, and buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At $109 after rebate, this 9600GT is perhaps the best deal I have ever seen. It will do wonders for your system. You are "bottlenecking" yourself by holding on to the 1650 and AGP ;) 

I have my e2180 at 3.2 GHz (8 x 400 mhz) and it is rock solid on my P35-based board. I went from a similar AMD/ATI system (x2 4200, 850Pro), and it is a night and day difference. You will be ecstatic with the results--but I urge you to go the distance otherwise you will regret it!
April 7, 2008 5:35:30 PM

I have the Mo as well. I can get stable at 1333FSB but any higher it causes trouble. By board is supposed to support 1600FSB but this chip I have seems to have a 1333 FSB limit.
April 7, 2008 6:49:35 PM

husky mctarflash said:
Hi cah027:

Pass on that board. The first review on NewEgg says you cannot change voltage. You will need to up the voltage if you want to OC those chips. And the whole point about the e2000 series is that you have to OC them if you are a gamer. Try this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...
There are some references to OC'ing the 2160.

Plus, get away from that AGP card. Sell yours, get about $50 for it, and buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At $109 after rebate, this 9600GT is perhaps the best deal I have ever seen. It will do wonders for your system. You are "bottlenecking" yourself by holding on to the 1650 and AGP ;) 

I have my e2180 at 3.2 GHz (8 x 400 mhz) and it is rock solid on my P35-based board. I went from a similar AMD/ATI system (x2 4200, 850Pro), and it is a night and day difference. You will be ecstatic with the results--but I urge you to go the distance otherwise you will regret it!


If the guy wants to hold onto his AGP, that's the best board out there. It will overclock the CPU to 300 fsb for sure, but the board maxes out around 330 tops. Voltage can be upped through pin mods. Depending on the CPU purchased, voltage may not have to be increased at all. A 2140 or 2160 at 300 fsb is only 2.4 GHz and 2.7 GHz respectively. Both of those speeds should be easily achievable without any need for increasing vcore.
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