With my old E5200 2.5 GHz Battlefield 3 was running at mid to high 20 fps, occasionally briefly moving into the 30s. Which was just on the border of playable. The cpu was the bottleneck, running at 99%. I needed more GHz to improve matters, the rest of the system being fine (4GB of 800MHz ram, 400W Corsair and GTX 460 768MB, which rarely showed usage higher than 50% with BF3 running at medium on a 1080 resolution). Using a Dell means overclocking is out of the question, so I searched around for an upgrade. I narrowed the list down to new 3.0GHz+ cpus in the Wolfdale range. (I didn't want to take a chance on a used E8x00 series that may have been overclocked to within an inch of it's life, and I didn't want to build a whole new PC.)
Being an old system, it was a little hard to determine if these cpus would be compatable, and most appeared to be ok, but for some, including the E6800, I could find no definite answer. Time to take a chance so I selected the E6800 3.33 GHz, which was essentially identical to my existing cpu but with 33% higher clock speed and a higher FSB of 1066 vs 800. (Note to Dell Inspiron 530 users, I have the 1.0.15 BIOS which was the one that introduced cpu support for newer parts, later revisions not apparently affecting cpu support.)
The E5200 itself was an upgrade about 2 years ago, so the process of changing cpu was fine, and I used the original heatsink/fan. A bit of Isopropyl and some Arctic Silver and it was done. Moment of truth, power on. Success! Booting up seemed faster and in Windows Experience the processor score went from 5.4 to 5.7. The Memory score went from 5.1 to 5.9 (probably due to the higher FSB).
Temps reported at idle as 42 and 38 degrees for cores 1 and 2, a little higher than the E5200 (33 and 32).Read more ›
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Better then anticipated29 Sep 2011
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I bought this cpu to breathe a little more life into a project build i was working on and man what a difference going from a Pentium Dual Core E2200 to this. I received a 2753 cpu score when i ran Passmarks Performance Test 7 64bit with the E2200 i was only getting a 1557. In games i am seeing a 15 FPS increase overall as well as Passmark reporting a 33% increase in my Geforce GT 430 Graphics Card most of that thanks to the higher Front Side Bus. Installation was a breeze though i didnt use the Heat Sink that was included i kept the stock one that was in this PC originally (HP Compaq dc5800 Microtower) as it was screwed in and not push pins like the one included with CPU (get lower temps with screw in heatsinks) Popped cpu in applied a fresh application of Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste and so far after an hour of Prime95 max temps top at 79c which is a little high but as with any OEM pc, overclocking options are disabled in BIOS so this computer as is will never be overclocked so im not really that concerned with temps. every game if thrown at this cpu its chewed right threw it (Crysis 1, Warhead. Borderlands, Mass Effect 2, Need for Speed Shift 2, Hot pursuit. COD Black Ops, Star Trek Online, EVE Online just to name a few all with graphics set to max. For those of you that say eh its not a Core 2 Duo. Actually the E6800 in games outperforms all of the Core 2 Duo line minus the E8500 and E8600 with both only having marginal increases not to mention the E8600 is 300$!(You can get a Mid Grade Core 2 Quad for 179$) for 1/3 of that price you get a CPU that gets only 1-3 less FPS in most games. a no brainer. Upgrading anything better then a Pentium Dual Core E6800 I would recommend getting a Quad Core. which this tax season i plan on upgrading this motherboard to the max cpu wise to the Core 2 Quad Q9550 and will probably upgrade GFX to a GTX 460 or higher. but never mind that this so far is a great CPU and like a said only 2 core 2 duos are better then this and barely not to mention their 3x the price!
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Fine Processor15 Mar 2011
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Got this processor in good time .... Installed it with no trouble... Didn't us the fan that came with... I uses the Rockfish fan cause it mounts with nut and bold and not with the cheap clip set up that comes with the fan in the box. I try one time to us the fan that came with and two out of the 4 screw clip didn't hold so I broke the other two off and install the Rockfish fan...Processor works nice and fast just like its 3.20 GHz partner I also am using in another machine...