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e5200 or e 7200

Total: 18 votes (6 blank votes)

  • Intel Core2Duo E7200
  • 47 %
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
  • 54 %
September 16, 2008 12:41:32 AM

Does it really make much more sense to get a e7200 when the e5200 is 30 dollars cheaper? Will i notice a difference in performance? I will be using this system for basic tasks, recording, and also some light to medium gaming. So which should i get ?

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September 16, 2008 1:30:43 AM

They're both basically the same chip. The e5200 has a higher multiplier and starts off at a lower FSB. The e5200 will most likely overclock a bit higher due to the stated facts. What do you think you should get?

If you're going to overclock then get the e5200. If not, then you're not going to notice much of a difference anyways so either one will do.
September 16, 2008 2:02:50 AM

+1, if your gonna OC get the 5200. e7200s average 3.6 OC on air at 400FSB, the e5200 can do 4.0 @ 320FSB.
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September 16, 2008 2:16:59 AM

so i should probably get the 5200 than because of the price. also i was just wondering how come some are called Pentium dual core and some are called core 2duo.
September 16, 2008 2:32:08 AM

i would get the e7200. higher fsb and more cache and can oc well past 4.0ghz according to some people.
September 16, 2008 2:41:51 AM

invisik said:
i would get the e7200. higher fsb and more cache and can oc well past 4.0ghz according to some people.


The higher cache will help, but not higher stock fsb. It's bad for overclocking and runs into fsb bottleneck earlier.
September 16, 2008 2:56:44 AM

Thanks for all the help however Im still a little confused should i get the 5200 or 7200 ? there are mixed comments and the votes are dead even.
September 16, 2008 3:00:24 AM

Sable Wanderer said:
Thanks for all the help however Im still a little confused should i get the 5200 or 7200 ? there are mixed comments and the votes are dead even.


If you overclock, get e5200, if not e7200.
September 16, 2008 3:06:42 AM

If you get the CPU with the lower FSB you can have cheaper more efficient RAM. If the CPU is processing faster than the RAM can feed it then it doesn't do much good. So by keeping your FSB lower, your RAM can keep up the Data Demand. Not to mention a cooler Northbridge which will make that mobo last a bit longer.
September 16, 2008 3:18:03 AM

Since you're not a heavy user, I'd recommend the E5200 since its $30 cheaper and not that much slower, maybe 5% tops.

It's called a 'Pentium Dual Core' for marketing reasons - Intel knows many people recognise the Pentium brand and didn't want it to go to waste. The chip is entirely based on the Core 2 architecture.
September 17, 2008 11:50:48 PM

thanks for all the help. I heard that the e5200 has a limited overclocking thing does anyone know any more about this?
September 18, 2008 1:54:24 AM

It has no 'limited overclocking thing'. ;) 
September 18, 2008 2:07:19 AM

epsilon84 said:
It has no 'limited overclocking thing'. ;) 


Some fanboy must have pmed him. :p 
September 18, 2008 9:29:18 AM

Just get the E5200, spend the $30 you saved on therapy for being Indecisive and hesitation issues.
September 20, 2008 6:09:33 PM

ok thanks for all the help the only reason why i csaid anything about the overclocking thing is because of a review on new egg saying it could only go up to about 300 fsb but i guess it doesnt matter to much
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