Intel Core 2 Duo E7200: The new budget king

The new Core 2 Duo E7200 is the first member of the "Wolfdale-3M" family. You may remember that not so long ago we looked at the new Wolfdale family of 45nm processors, which consists of the E8200, E8300, E8400 and E8500 processors. These still remain today as the fastest Core 2 Duo processors, offering superior performance and efficiency not to mention stellar overclocking abilities.

The Wolfdale-3M family is, as you may have guessed, a cut-down version, and as the name alludes to, these processors feature a smaller 3MB L2 cache and a 1066MHz FSB. With the Core 2 Duo E7200, Intel is offering a 45nm processor that is considerably more affordable than the cheapest Wolfdale (~$180), and even undercuts other budget oriented models such as the E6550 that roughly costs $160, while the E4700 is also more expensive at around $140.

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(RAID 0 said @ #5.1)
You'll need a new MB, RAM and video card.. but for 60 bucks.... the E2140. SMOKES the P4.

Having just gone from a P4 Northwood 3gig, to an E8400 at the same clock speed, I can honestly say that these Core 2 Duo's just blow the old P4's out of the water and off the planet! I am SERIOUSLY impressed with how much faster these things are. I encoded a 45 minute TV show for my PDA last night. This used to take about 35 minutes.. It took SIX!

That's a really cream of the crop E7200. I have an E7200 Engineering Sample that I got from Intel, and I can't get past 3.6GHz until 1.45V on my Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 -- at the same voltage, many others seems to be able to reach 3.8GHz.

Their overclocking details seems to be very lackluster though -- would be nice if they included a little more detail.

(chconline said @ #4)
That's a really cream of the crop E7200. I have an E7200 Engineering Sample that I got from Intel, and I can't get past 3.6GHz until 1.45V on my Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 -- at the same voltage, many others seems to be able to reach 3.8GHz.

That engineering sample must have been abused while at Intel. I get 3.8GHz @ 1.3v after vdroop with a Gigabyte EP35-DS3R. In the BIOS I have to set it to 1.3625v to account for vdroop. You sure it's the CPU holding you back?

(toadeater said @ #4.1)

That engineering sample must have been abused while at Intel. I get 3.8GHz @ 1.3v after vdroop with a Gigabyte EP35-DS3R. In the BIOS I have to set it to 1.3625v to account for vdroop. You sure it's the CPU holding you back?

Probably, the X48T-DQ6, Asus Arctic Square, Tagan 1100W should not limit overclocking potential.

I highly doubt Intel would be providing abused ES CPUs to reviewers :P

yes they did. ya just have to read the article;
[quote]Without having to increase the CPU voltage we were able to get our E7200 processor as far as 3.60GHz. With a little extra voltage 3.80GHz was also achievable. Even when 3.80GHz doesn't sound quite as impressive as the 4.40GHz that our E8400 processor is capable of, it's not exactly disappointing, particularly for a $133 processor.

lol @ article summary... listing processors that the E7200 is cheaper than, but never actually saying its price.

Also, they mentioned the E6550 and the E4700, which are close in price, but didn't include them in the benchmarks?

Mid-way through 2006 we saw the launch of Intel's most impressive processor series in recent times, the Core 2 Duo. At the time the flagship model was the E6700, featuring a 2.66GHz clock frequency, 4MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB, and a 65nm design process, all of which was topped off with a price tag of $530. Today we are looking at a processor with similar specifications with one major difference, that being the estimated retail price of just $133.

(WICKO said @ #2)
lol @ article summary... listing processors that the E7200 is cheaper than, but never actually saying its price.

Also, they mentioned the E6550 and the E4700, which are close in price, but didn't include them in the benchmarks?

At stock speeds (2.53GHz), it's as fast as the e6750 and beats the E6550 and E4700. At the 3.8GHz the E7200 overclocks to at a mere 400 FSB, it will match an E8400 at ~3.7GHz for almost all apps. So forget about the e6xxx, that's really not worth it anymore.

I have one, it overclocked to 3.8GHz easily @ 1.3v. It does 3.0GHz on stock voltage and 3.4Ghz on ~1.1-1.2v. Even a cheap heatsink can handle that. A key point here is you don't have to worry about overclocking the RAM, it's basically a guaranteed overclock, and it runs cooler than the E8400.

Definitely the budget king right now, once all these factors are considered. I could have bought the E8400, but I knew the extra cache wasn't worth the extra $70, I bought a good heatsink instead.