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September 16, 2009 2:47:50 AM

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 2.93GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W - $95

Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W - $120

why is the E7500 cost that much more..?

I have a minimum budget.... is $25 more for +1MB of cache worth it..... (i dont overclock, and no gaming)

what does the (L2 cache) do anyway?
does wolfdale mean anything special?

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September 16, 2009 3:32:12 AM

The extra cache at those sizes does make a noticable difference. However, in a minimum-power, non-gaming build, the E6500 is plenty.
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September 16, 2009 10:55:53 AM

Wolfdale = Second generation Core2D, a little more advanced architecture, greater efficiency, less power consumption.

Would you notice the difference? Probably not.
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September 16, 2009 12:25:01 PM

kylo said:
...why is the E7500 cost that much more..?

I have a minimum budget.... is $25 more for +1MB of cache worth it..... (i dont overclock, and no gaming)

what does the (L2 cache) do anyway?
does wolfdale mean anything special?


The E7500 costs more because it has an extra 1Mb of L2 cache and is branded a Core 2 Duo instead of a Pentium Dual Core.
They are both identical 45nm Wolfdale second generation Core 2 CPUs.

The L2 cache is used to store instructions that are waiting to be processed.
Because it is on die it can be accessed much faster than system RAM.
Having more L2 cach allows you to store more instructions on the CPU.
This can give you a speed boost, in certain apps, where the CPU would be waiting for instructions to be loaded from system RAM.
In practice, the difference in performance between these CPUs should be minimal.

If you are on a budget, the E6500 will give you 95%+ the performance of the E7500.
It is not a bad choice by any means and it should treat you just fine.
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September 16, 2009 2:55:02 PM


get the e7500 bcz is a true c2d .

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September 16, 2009 4:30:16 PM

demonnn said:
get the e7500 bcz is a true c2d .


FYI, they both use the same Wolfdale chip.
The ONLY difference between the two is that the E6500 has more L2 cache disabled (the E7500 also has some disabled).
Both are truly Core 2 Duo CPUs with exception to the marketing.
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September 22, 2009 5:21:31 PM

The E6500 does support Intel Virtualization according to this.
I'm going to build a system for my parents and at the moment I will go for the E6500.
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September 22, 2009 6:17:25 PM

Why even get a E6500, if its just for surfing, etc. Why not at E3200 or a Athlon II x2 640 at half the price and only marginally less performance?

What we call overclocking nowadays is just running the processor at speeds which they really are designed to run.
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September 22, 2009 7:27:36 PM

Stardude82 said:
Why even get a E6500, if its just for surfing, etc. Why not at E3200 or a Athlon II x2 640 at half the price and only marginally less performance?

What we call overclocking nowadays is just running the processor at speeds which they really are designed to run.



Well the E3200 or even the E3300 sounds quite okey if you want a cheap one, but I don't like the Celeron brand. I was first going for the AMD Athlon, but then a friend of mine remind me about the consumtion of energy. It runs at 95 watt, it's quite high.
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September 22, 2009 7:45:58 PM

That would have been correct 2 years ago. But the product lines have been totally revamped. The Celerons are Wolfdale cores with less cache (better per clock performance than the E2xxx) and the new Athlons (I meant Athlon II x2 240 in the last Reply) have caught up with Intel in terms of power consumption.
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September 22, 2009 8:34:47 PM

Stardude82 said:
That would have been correct 2 years ago. But the product lines have been totally revamped. The Celerons are Wolfdale cores with less cache (better per clock performance than the E2xxx) and the new Athlons (I meant Athlon II x2 240 in the last Reply) have caught up with Intel in terms of power consumption.


Okey, now we talking (after seen that's run in 65 watt), but I'm still thinking of going for the PD E6500... according to PassMark CPU Benchmark the best choice would be E5200 or E5300, which sells for about 55€ in sweden.
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November 20, 2009 7:02:37 PM

demonnn said:
get the e7500 bcz is a true c2d .


THE PROBLEM WITH THE E7500 IS THAT IT WILL NOT WORK WITH XP MODE IN WINDOWS 7 . THE E6500 WILL
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May 5, 2010 2:00:35 AM

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE E7500 IS THAT IT WILL NOT WORK WITH XP MODE IN WINDOWS 7 . THE E6500 WILL



what is xp mode in windows 7?
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May 7, 2010 1:08:07 PM

Quote:
THE PROBLEM WITH THE E7500 IS THAT IT WILL NOT WORK WITH XP MODE IN WINDOWS 7 . THE E6500 WILL


The hardware virtualization is no loger required. Microsoft released a patch a couple weeks ago.

You have to install XP Mode, Virtual PC, and then the patch.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/v [...] nload.aspx

**Enables Windows XP Mode for PCs without Hardware Assisted Virtualization Technology. For more information,
visit the Frequently Asked Questions page

I am running it on Win 7 Enterprise with a Pentium D 3.2Ghz (does not have virtualization) and it works fine now.
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