for 60 bucks 50% increase sounds good. I need to get a second CPU anyways so instead of spending 40 on a single core 62 for dual core that's significantly faster than my current seems like a good choice to me
Yes I did OC my E2180, but I also intend to OC the E5200.
running my E2180 with stock voltage @ 2.4ghz. Modest OC, but big improvement FPS wise.
There have been articles and stories here about people getting high 3's out of the E5200, but I also read recently where someone else had a lot of trouble with theirs and could not get nearly that high. So it depends a little on the luck of the draw but with a good mobo it is likely that you could get a lot of speed out of the E5200.
gh - thanks for the catch! I was thinking about an e2160, which has a 1.8 GHz core. Core speed of the e2180 is 2.0GHz. The e5200 runs at 2.5GHz, so going from the e2180 to the e5200, I'd expect something like a 35% performance increase, given the bigger cache.