Which CPU is the better one?

I'm not sure, for the money, if the Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition is a better buy over the E7600 Core 2 Duo. The Pentium D is a 3.467 ghz. 1066 mh fsb 4 mb L2 cache. The E7600 is 3.067 ghz. 1066 mhz. fsb 3072 mb L2 cache. The Pentium D has 2 x 16 kb L1 cache, where the E7600 has 2 x 32 kb L1 cache. In comparison, you'd think the Pentium D is a better deal for the money. It's multiplier is 13, where the E7600 is 11. Now the E7600 has supplemental SSE3, along with SSE4.1 and EM64T technology under multiprocessing. The Pentium D offers hyper-threading. They both offer Virtualization technology. The Pentium D's thermal design power (w) is 130, while the E7600 is 65. I noticed that the benchmark showed the E7600 better, but I'm wondering if they put it against hyper-threading or not. Right now, I can pick up the E7600 for $111.00 including shipping. On the other hand, the Pentium D is going for $159.00, but it's on sale for $59.00 and shipping is free. It's going in a Dell Dimension 9100. The motherboard is the i945P. Can someone shed some light on my dilemma please? Thanks!!
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  1. none just save for a used amd or a i3
  2. The E7600 is a Core 2 Duo and it's better than the old Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition (unless you need a room heater). Even the old 1.86 GHz E6300 is faster.

    Edit: While the E7300 is faster, it probably isn't supported. That may also be true of the Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition. Double-check compatibility before ordering.
  3. GhislainG said:
    The E7600 is a Core 2 Duo and it's better than the old Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition (unless you need a room heater). Even the old 1.86 GHz E6300 is faster.

    Edit: While the E7300 is faster, it probably isn't supported. That may also be true of the Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition. Double-check compatibility before ordering.


    The motherboard supports Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Core 2 Duo. I went to Intel's site and got the Data Sheet on the motherboard. I'll probably have to flash the Bios since I still have the A01 version, and there's now A03 out there. I kind of thought that the E7600 was the better one. The Pentium D came out in December of 2005, and the E7600 came out in June of 2009. The motherboard tops out at 1066 mhz. FSB. If I remember right, this was the top of the line I could go. The FSB speeds started changing after that. I'll check and see if the E7300 will work. Thanks for the input. I just needed someone to confirm that with me. Again, thanks a lot!!
  4. Why did you go to the Intel site for a Dell motherboard? If Dell don't support a specific CPU, then it won't work properly.

    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19391309/19911353.aspx

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261040-28-upgrades-intel-i945p-help
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