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August 21, 2011 8:59:00 PM

I have a system based on the Gigabyte P35 motherboard, and I want to upgrade the CPU from the E4500 (conroe) that is currently installed. I am considering the E6700 Wolfdale and the E8400. My question is if the difference in performance between 2GB L2 and 6GB L2 is enough to justify the $110 price difference?
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August 22, 2011 7:17:27 AM

Baygul said:
I have a system based on the Gigabyte P35 motherboard, and I want to upgrade the CPU from the E4500 (conroe) that is currently installed. I am considering the E6700 Wolfdale and the E8400. My question is if the difference in performance between 2GB L2 and 6GB L2 is enough to justify the $110 price difference?


No, not really.
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August 22, 2011 1:46:37 PM

I am really curious as to why you are spending any money at all on this rig?
You could easily overclock your current E4500 well past 3GHz with little/no effort and no cost...
Core 2 Overclock Guide

Really though, the only time it would be worthwhile to dump any cash into a LGA775 system would be if you could locate a dirt cheap quad core CPU.
Anything else is simply a waste of cash.
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August 22, 2011 2:15:30 PM

Baygul said:
I have a system based on the Gigabyte P35 motherboard, and I want to upgrade the CPU from the E4500 (conroe) that is currently installed. I am considering the E6700 Wolfdale and the E8400. My question is if the difference in performance between 2GB L2 and 6GB L2 is enough to justify the $110 price difference?



maybe. but the performance gap will disappoint you. personally i wouldn't go for any of this unless i have oem board with no oc object option. since e8400 is pretty much an eol product and despite the MIPS/IPC/floating point performance are 20% over allendale and also higher frequency(e6700) and larger L2 cache(e8400) but it's just not worthy to spend another $100 for it when you can simply oc it to 3.6ghz or get new platform like i3 2100.
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