My Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 died on me about 2 weeks back while I was benchmarking the Gainward Bliss 9800GT cards, and so I bought the E7200 for my replacement processor. 🙂
Why did I choose the E7200 over the E8xxx series? Because I was on a budget constraint.
Why did I choose the E7200 over the E2xxx or E4xxx series? Because I wanted something more out of it.
The E7200 stands between the greater and the lesser range dual-core processors.
Now, allow me to present to you the specifications of the contending processors for this review.
|Model||Intel Core™2 Duo E7200|
|Core Code Name||Wolfdale|
|Voltage||0.85v ~ 1.3625v|
|Level 1 Cache||32KB x 2|
|Level 2 Cache||3MB|
|Front Side Bus||1066Mhz|
Performance & Overclocking
I’ve managed to overclock the E7200 to 3.62Ghz. 8.5x425Mhz based on BIOS but the CPU-Z records 8.5x426Mhz.
The processor was run at stock and overclocked state.
- E7200 (2.53Ghz / 533 Mhz RAM / 266Mhz bus / 1066Mhz rated FSB)
- E7200 Overclocked* (3.62Ghz / 850 Mhz RAM / 425Mhz bus / 1700Mhz rated FSB)
*Overclocked = Will be abbreviated as OC
The Intel processor was paired with Albatron PXP35 and The following are the results from the tests I’ve conducted
Super PI 1.5 Mod
The value chosen for Super PI was 1M.
|* Lower the better|
As you can see from the results above, it’s performs well in comparison to the AMD counterpart. Realistically speaking, you can’t feel the difference between both processors BUT on benchmark, it’s clear who is the better processor. Looks like on stock, the Super PI performance is already faster than my former processor at 100% overclocked state.
|Rendering (Single CPU)||2733||3912|
|Rendering (Multiple CPU)||5172||7483|
|Shading (OpenGL Standard)||3794||5532|
The benchmark was done with default settings. Here’s where you can download MAXON CINEBENCH R10.
Simply put, it is a reproducible measure of fast your machine can encode a short, HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It’s nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other.
|v0.58.747 (1st Pass)||27.95||40.57|
|v0.58.747 (2nd Pass)||7.4||10.63|
|v0.59.819M (1st Pass)||31.32||45.63|
|v0.59.819M (2nd Pass)||8.27||11.88|
Looks like the gains are really significant after overclocking the processor.
The stock heatsink performs fine despite being shorter that the one provided by the E2140, as seen in one of the photos provided. Being shorter also meant overall lesser surface area for heat dissipation.
The casing used was CoolerMaster Centurion 590, with an additional fan installed at the top of the casing. During the overclocked test, the additional top-mounted casing fan tuned down a little, just to see how it fares. 🙂
The processor overclocked well, still surviving despite 18 hours Orthos stress test. I’m sure it has potential to reach higher overclocked speed.
What’s there to complain about the processor? I’ll ever complain on a processor unless you’re not getting that good of a performance from what you paid for.
The E7200 worked great out of the box and even greater after overclocking. I highly recommend this processor for anyone who finds the E8xxx series slightly beyond budget.