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E5200 + Xigmatek OR E7300 +stock cooling?

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Which combo is faster for a novice OCer?

Total: 21 votes (4 blank votes)

  • E5200 + Xigmatek Dark Knight
  • 59 %
  • E7300 + stock cooling
  • 42 %
February 8, 2009 3:16:48 AM

I think the answer is fairly obvious actually, just wanted to see if there were any nay sayers :) 
E5200 73 bucks
Xig DK 45 bucks = $120

E7300 = $125.00

Let's throw in a novice overclocker, to make it more fair.



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February 8, 2009 3:25:46 AM

E5200 + Freezer 7 Pro ($22 @ directron).
February 8, 2009 6:59:46 AM

no nay sayers here and xig s1283 significantly better than freezer 7 pro
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February 8, 2009 9:52:24 AM

Wait, what's your motherboard first? If that motherboard doesn't even have a vCore setting, I'd get the E7300. Just my honest opinion though.
February 8, 2009 12:22:44 PM

We're looking at a Gigabyte UD3P, let's say. Top of the line OCer. This question came up in a build thread.
February 8, 2009 2:11:11 PM

radguy said:
no nay sayers here and xig s1283 significantly better than freezer 7 pro


Couple of degrees, not significant.
February 8, 2009 2:24:43 PM

just build a computer for a friend, i OCed his 5200@3.125 on stock cooler whit no increase to the vcore. Temp are about the same as stock .. ++1 E5200 !
February 8, 2009 2:36:59 PM

E5200 is a steal.
February 8, 2009 3:01:17 PM

Agreed
a b K Overclocking
February 8, 2009 3:54:01 PM

+1 for the E5200 + S1283 (Note: Dark Knight performs lower than S1283 http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI... )
If getting S1283 don't forget the bolt in kit.

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Couple of degrees, not significant.

See: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=223...
The S1283 was 14.2C over ambient with 125W heat load wile the Freezer 64 Pro was 23.2C over ambient with 125W heat load. I wouldn't call a 9C difference a little difference. I would call 2-3C a little difference. Not to mention with higher heat loads the difference is MUCH more.


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February 8, 2009 4:29:02 PM

I've got an e5200 in an ASUS P5Q Pro, I'm running, 4.16GHz with a Coolermaster Hyper TX2. Temps below 45C.

Best purchase I've ever made.
February 8, 2009 7:32:22 PM

Shadow703793 said:
+1 for the E5200 + S1283 (Note: Dark Knight performs lower than S1283 http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI... )
If getting S1283 don't forget the bolt in kit.

Quote:
Couple of degrees, not significant.

See: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=223...
The S1283 was 14.2C over ambient with 125W heat load wile the Freezer 64 Pro was 23.2C over ambient with 125W heat load. I wouldn't call a 9C difference a little difference. I would call 2-3C a little difference. Not to mention with higher heat loads the difference is MUCH more.


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I don't completely believe frostytech's charts, especially since the TRUE is not number one. Every other review I've seen puts TRUE as first, with ACF7P not too far behind. Also, an E5200 is nowhere near 125W.
a b K Overclocking
February 8, 2009 8:03:26 PM

^True it' isn't 125W but the chart is accurate. As for TRUE not being number one, look at the chart I linked to, it is still #1. But it's NOT #1 based on $/performance.
February 8, 2009 11:57:41 PM

The E7400 is cheaper and has a newer stepping than the E7300. (should overclock better and provide higher stability.)
Intel is phasing out the E7300s and that's why the E7400 came down to 120$.

I'd get the E7400 with 2.8GHz and 3MB L2 Cache.
a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2009 2:47:50 AM

my vote would be the e7300/e7400 .

Because you can add a cooler later if you need to
February 9, 2009 3:07:27 AM

He dosent need a damn Xiggy with a E5200. $45 for the cooler then another $7 for the bolt kit? At that cost he could have a E7400 which can be overclocked well with the stock cooler, along with the E5200 for that matter.

The AC7 or any $20 for that matter will do just fine, like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Think smarter, not harder people. Charts and graphs dont mean everything.

Go with the E7300/7400 Proximon, or the E5200 with a much cheaper cooler like ive linked.
March 8, 2009 7:15:00 PM

I just swapped a Hyper TX2 for a Xigmatek 1283 and got exactly the same temps on an OC'ed e7300. See my post under cooling for more details.

Most review websites show the AC7 and Hyper TX2 at about the same cooling ability. SilentPC shows the Xigmatek cooling about 10 degrees better than the Hyper TX2, but my system shows that to be false. I don't know which "review" websites are funded by which companies, but I wouldn't believe all the fancy charts because I've found many to be unfounded. They've sent me off buying different products (which is their goal, of course), with little except wasted time and similar results in the end.

I'd recommend buying whichever of the 3 (AC7, Hyper TX2, or Xig) is least expensive at the time (they all go on and off sale often). Frys has the Hyper for $17 right now. The AC7 I've seen for $22 in Bens Bargains. The Xig is on sale from Newegg for $27 AR with a 10' USB cable.

Just my 2 cents.
a b K Overclocking
March 8, 2009 10:38:44 PM

^Note, your case also plays a big part on temps.
March 8, 2009 10:48:34 PM

+1 shadow

I was able to cool my E6850 @ 3.6 with my MINITYPHOON from TT. (92MM fan)...

WC give better temp and more stable ... but this "litle" TT cooler was capable.
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