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Intel E7200 vs E6850

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November 19, 2010 6:04:19 PM

Hello All,

I've got my choice between 2 processors and I'm having a hard time deciding. It seems the interwebs have let me down, as all I can find are people bickering back and forth between the two...

Option 1) Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.00GHz

Option 2) Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53Ghz

(Quick Fact Sheet: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/597/Intel_Core_2_Duo_E...)

Originally I was going to go for the E6850, but I found a few articles that suggested overclocking the E7200 made it the better choice of the two.

I'm thinking if I change the E7200's bus speed from the default 1066 to 1333 to boost it up without having to change the voltage. Any thoughts?

Thanks.

-Ray

P.S. I'm reading some of comments that HP desktops are a pain in the @ss to overclock, so maybe I'm just better off with the Stock E6850?

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November 19, 2010 6:15:52 PM

Go with the E7200 Wolfdale as it is 45nm compared to the E6850's older 65nm and it is newer technology and has more room for overclocking.

This is a very close call since the E6850 has more L2 cache (4MB) but higher stock FSB frequency and the E7200 has less L2 cache (3MB) but a lower stock FSB which should allow for a higher overclock.

In the end, I would choose the 7200 as it's newer and would likely last longer in the long run...
November 19, 2010 6:25:40 PM

Thanks for the quick and honest answer. I was torn.. I guess I am out of luck for overclocking seeing as this is a stock HP Workstation? (P/N: RB493UT#ABA) I looked through the BIOS, but unless it's a hidden feature, I couldn't find it.

Maybe a software solution? I really appreciate the help.

Thanks!

-Ray
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November 20, 2010 7:49:01 AM

Having run an e8400 and e6850 back to back I'd go with the e6850 over the e7200 as it's on par with the e8400 @ stock.
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