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Just released today, this is a bargain price for a fast processor with 4MB L2 cache!

Price has now increased but it is applicable for free shipping, bringing it to £119.95 delivered.
- robertvan1
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#1
* Intel Dual Core Technology
* 2.13GHz clock speed
* 4MB L2 Cache
* 1066Mhz FSB
* Intel Speedstep Technology
* EM64T 64-Bit Technology
* Includes Intel heatsink and fan
#2
Great Price. Added some heat.
#3
does anyone know if I could this would be compatible with the motherboard of my vaio rc-202 desktop?

thanks to the OP as this is a great price.
#4
This could be of interest if you intend to overclock: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-e6420_11.html
#5
Thanks! I think i might buy this to upgrade my Mac Mini!
#6
azz
does anyone know if I could this would be compatible with the motherboard of my vaio rc-202 desktop?

thanks to the OP as this is a great price.


My bad already replied below.
suspended#7
price has been put up, its £116.71, please update title.
#8
azz
does anyone know if I could this would be compatible with the motherboard of my vaio rc-202 desktop?

thanks to the OP as this is a great price.


Yes. It should. I assume your Vaio rc-202 currently has the Pentium D processor. And so....

Pentium D's use the T-socket, or LGA775 motherboard connector. The new Core 2 Duo's also use the LGA775 socket, so they're compatible. So yup, it should work.
#9
hajj_3
price has been put up, its £116.71, please update title.

The price is correct using the Google checkout (£10 off)
#10
I cant seem to fnd this processor on the Intel site?
[mod]#11
Good find robertvan1 :thumbsup:
#12
Check that the VAIO motherboard supports the 1066fsb of this chip. While it's the same socket, some motherboards are limited to a 800fsb. I found this out the hard way.

Also, I was under the impression that mac mini used the mobile versions of the Core2 duo. This looks like a desktop chip.

Having said all that, great price and added to my basket.
#13
Omzy
I cant seem to fnd this processor on the Intel site?


It's a new release. Based on the more expensive E6600 which has 4MB of L2 cache. In comparison this is a steal even tho' it is just a tad slower.

On another note.... When are Intel dropping their prices? I heard it would be in April. So with this in mind does this make the current ebuyer deal a good offer?
#14
April 22nd apparently, price cuts are for the older line of cpu's. Like xx00 series.
#15
I would rather get AMD ATHLON 64 X2 3600+ (£44.63 inc. VAT at http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=33274&source=froogle)
AMD one is indeed slower by on average 15-20% i various benchmarks but its more than twice cheaper. Plus if you can combine this with the new motherboard containing AMD/ATI G690 chipset which includes HDMI output then you will get awesome and cheap media pc. thats what I am after next week :)
#16
But if your gaming, go for Intel.
#17
ZipperLT
I would rather get AMD ATHLON 64 X2 3600+ (£44.63 inc. VAT at http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=33274&source=froogle)
AMD one is indeed slower by on average 15-20% i various benchmarks but its more than twice cheaper. Plus if you can combine this with the new motherboard containing AMD/ATI G690 chipset which includes HDMI output then you will get awesome and cheap media pc. thats what I am after next week :)


That only has 2x512kb L2 cache, quite a difference.
#18
new proc descriptions and price changes posted here

6420 has twice the cache of the 6400. Pentium E's on that roadmap too
#19
ZipperLT
I would rather get AMD ATHLON 64 X2 3600+ (£44.63 inc. VAT at http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=33274&source=froogle)
AMD one is indeed slower by on average 15-20%


There are reports that with a little gentle persuasion that these Intel chip's can be clocked upto or near 3Ghz with the correct memory and motherboard which makes the chip whizzzzzzz along & therefore a steal considering what a equivalent chip would cost.

I'm seriously tempted as my HDD has been seriously playing up this last week & therefore it may just be time to finally upgrade (again) my poor oll 823Mhz PC :oops: . Just a serious upgrade tho' this time :-D
#20
Nice find; I didn't know they were due to soon!

ZipperLT
I would rather get AMD ATHLON 64 X2 3600+ (£44.63 inc. VAT at http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=33274&source=froogle)
AMD one is indeed slower by on average 15-20% i various benchmarks but its more than twice cheaper.

The 3600+ is certainly a bargain but this is more than 15-20% faster. Typically a C2D is 20% faster than an X2 at the same clock speed and this is 2.13 v 1.9 so the Intel chip is equivalent to an X2 4800+ (2.5GHz) which is £83 at Ebuyer. So AMD still have the edge at the low end which is good to see. Once the E2140 turns up next month at about £50 though all bets are off; they’ll be fairly evenly matched.
#21
Intels run cooler and use less power, though.
#22
radicalbyte
Intels run cooler and use less power, though.



that is false. the AMD X2 run cooler and use less power than the core2s



the ONLY reason to get a core2 over a X2 is if your a serious gamer or do lots of video editing. everyone else just get the cheapest x2 it will be more than enough



x2s are cheap, good value for money. core2s are faster and can clock higher, only get a core2 IF you know what your doing.
#23
Chanser
But if your gaming, go for Intel.



this is not true



you will not notice any useful FPS difference between a 3800 x2 [45quid] vs a e6420 [120quid] IF some other part of your system is limiting you, such as your video card or your monitor


if you have a G80 then the core2s are advisable, other than that most games will be GPU limited and not CPU limited. Save yourself the 75quid and buy more ram or a better GPU in most cases
#24
cells
that is false. the AMD X2 run cooler and use less power than the core2s

the ONLY reason to get a core2 over a X2 is if your a serious gamer or do lots of video editing. everyone else just get the cheapest x2 it will be more than enough

x2s are cheap, good value for money. core2s are faster and can clock higher, only get a core2 IF you know what you're doing.

Conclusion: if you don’t know what you're doing buy AMD.;-)
But seriously, Core 2 Duo does have better performance per watt than 90nm X2s which are still the majority. The newer 65nm X2 versions muddy the water so without proof either way let’s say they’re roughly equal. Therefore:

X2 = good value
C2D = better high end performance and over-clocking.
i.e they are both good. :-D
#25
Sorry but intel OWNS amd right now. The whole C2D things beats all the Athlon X2s as they are more powerful, cooler and better value for money and thats before you even think about overclocking.......
#26
J400uk
Sorry but intel OWNS amd right now. The whole C2D things beats all the Athlon X2s as they are more powerful, cooler and better value for money and thats before you even think about overclocking.......


I wish it was that simple. If not for AMD we would probably be voting on £300 single core pentium 5 as hot deal right now.
Every little bit needs to be considered.. for example one company advertises max possible power consumption while the other one does average, some processors lead in 32 bit applications but lag behind in 64 bits, motherboard prices vary for different type of cpus.. also dont get too excited about the amount of cache because in most cases double the cpu cache would only improve pc performance by 1-2%.
So, like others pointed out, depending on what you are going to be using PC for, it might be worth investing more money into a better graphics cards or a 10k rpm hdd.
In any case its amazing how cheap the computers have become, but I think we should still do our homework before purchasing, as long as we keep doing that, prices will keep going down :)
#27
Is AMD paying you to say this. :giggle:

Sorry the Core 2 cpu's beat all the AMD current line up. You wonder why AMD has been cutting prices because of this, but Intel is due to cut their prices this month and Q3 of this year.

Can anyone say Quad core cpu's for over $200 in Q3. :)
#28
ZipperLT
I wish it was that simple. If not for AMD we would probably be voting on £300 single core pentium 5 as hot deal right now.
Every little bit needs to be considered.. for example one company advertises max possible power consumption while the other one does average, some processors lead in 32 bit applications but lag behind in 64 bits, motherboard prices vary for different type of cpus.. also dont get too excited about the amount of cache because in most cases double the cpu cache would only improve pc performance by 1-2%.
So, like others pointed out, depending on what you are going to be using PC for, it might be worth investing more money into a better graphics cards or a 10k rpm hdd.
In any case its amazing how cheap the computers have become, but I think we should still do our homework before purchasing, as long as we keep doing that, prices will keep going down :)


Lots of sense spoken there. :thumbsup:

Looking purely at the price ebuyer are asking for the chip in question, it does appear a very good price. However, with it being early days for the chip, that could change very quickly as a lot of retailers aren't listing the 6420 yet.

Whether its the right chip to buy is another matter. If I had a motherboard I could just drop this into, then it would be a the right choice if all I wanted was more cpu muscle.

However, if I was going to have to buy all the supporting hardware, the money saved by going for an X2 half the price (or less) could mean I get to drop an 8800 into the machine instead of a DX9 card, or would pay completely for 2GB of ram looking at some of the other deals listed at the moment! Horses for courses etc, etc
#29
wizball
Looking purely at the price ebuyer are asking for the chip in question, it does appear a very good price. However, with it being early days for the chip, that could change very quickly as a lot of retailers aren't listing the 6420 yet.

Whether its the right chip to buy is another matter. If I had a motherboard I could just drop this into, then it would be a the right choice if all I wanted was more cpu muscle.

However, if I was going to have to buy all the supporting hardware, the money saved by going for an X2 half the price (or less) could mean I get to drop an 8800 into the machine instead of a DX9 card, or would pay completely for 2GB of ram looking at some of the other deals listed at the moment! Horses for courses etc, etc

A lot of people get carried away by the ultimate performance of the C2D platform and ignore the overall picture. I’ve owned both X2s and C2Ds and they are both good products and currently AMD certainly has the value crown which means a lot to many people. I know the C2Ds over-clock really well but that negatively affects the idle power and heat consumption so if I build a system next week I’m split between AMD & Intel as I don’t buy just on price.
#30
im a bit clueless when it comes to this sorta stuff

but would the c2d or athlone things ye are talking about work in a dell dimension 2350.

I doubt it , just thought i'd ask tho as i'd love to upgrade this rather than buy a whole new pc
#31
what would be an ideal mobo and ram if you wanna clock this as high as you can on air. dont wanna spend more than 200 for mobo and ram. thx
#32
I love my E6600 (bought last October) which this processor drives from - and this is half the cost.
#33
henkeharkins82
im a bit clueless when it comes to this sorta stuff

but would the c2d or athlone things ye are talking about work in a dell dimension 2350.

I doubt it , just thought i'd ask tho as i'd love to upgrade this rather than buy a whole new pc


No, your DELL wont be able to take these cpu's, you are on socket 478, a few years old now, you would need a new motherboard, cpu, DDR2 memory and a new power supply.
#34
If anyone is doubting how much better C2Ds are, just peek over at Tomshardware website and look at the CPU comparison charts.

Should solve any issues. AMD are so far behind it's the reason why they halved the price of their recently released X2 6000 to £150 to make them more competitive in ammarket which for now they are losing ground in.
#35
Both are very good cpu's.

The C2D's are better in virtually every aspect though, especially if overclocking.

I still like the Athlon64 though. It served me very well. Ran cool and stable. And for a low-end system can be picked up very cheap. Most people won't notice much difference between an Athlon64 and C2D as the tasks they perform never really push the cpu.

The C2D's running super cool is a little bit of a myth. They do run cool but not as cool as some people think. The most common mistake people make is reading the temperature via the motherboard, or software that plugs into such sensors (SpeedFan, Motherboard Monitor etc...).

If that was the case mine would run at around and below 30C. When you monitor the temperature of the actually cores (Intel TAT, CoreTemp) you'll see they sometimes run reasonably hot. Especially if you're unlucky enough to have one with a concave IHS, which quite a few people (including myself, but I lapped mine) have suffered from.


With regards to the deal posted. It is very good value. A £100 cpu that you can overclock very easily over 3Ghz (a 30-40% increase), without raising temperatures hugely (depending upon your setup). Just make sure you've got a well aired case, and buy a value HSF like the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro for £17.
#36
i have a core2 that is indeed over clocked to 3GHZ, the only reason i went for it over the X2 range is because i have a top of the range gaming rig with 8800GTX 2gig 800mhz ddr2 ram and a high resolution screen


unlesss you are a hardcore gamer [with a gaming rig] or do things like Photoshop /AutoCAD /video rendering/transcoding/compression ect then the AMD line is much better value for money


as for heat/power AMD x2s 65nm use about half of Intel’s core2s at idle!!!


i know an e6420 [£115] is a much better processor compared to a 3800x2[£45] , BUT you will not nice the difference surfing hotukdeals website or watching videos or even playing games since most people will have crappy integrated graphics or some low end GPU


one other thing to note, a good AM2 mobo is much cheaper than a good core2 mobo




overall unless you know what your doing, get the better value CPU, which at the moment AMD offers.
#37
now free super saver delivery on orders over £89 inc vat..so it's now cheaper.
#38
But Out Of Stock
#39
TehSheep
Thanks! I think i might buy this to upgrade my Mac Mini!


This won't fit in your mini.
#40
cells
as for heat/power AMD x2s 65nm use about half of Intel’s core2s at idle!!!


Not sure where you got that from. The difference is very small. In fact the 65mm C2D's are still more power efficient. Have a read on AnandTech. And anyway you're argument is about the cheaper AMD's yet you're using one of the 65nm AMD's (the more expensive ones) as a comparison.


cells
i know an e6420 [£115] is a much better processor compared to a 3800x2[£45] , BUT you will not nice the difference surfing hotukdeals website or watching videos or even playing games since most people will have crappy integrated graphics or some low end GPU


Bit of a generalisation to make. "Since most people will have crappy integrated graphics". And you will notice a difference in gaming. Especially games that rely on the cpu too. Much like Battlefield 2142 when playing on a busy map.

cells
one other thing to note, a good AM2 mobo is much cheaper than a good core2 mobo


True. You can pick up a nice 4600+ X2 with a decent motherboard for £150, maybe even less. Whereas a nice C2D mobo and chip will cost you nearer £200.

cells
overall unless you know what your doing, get the better value CPU, which at the moment AMD offers.


Hmmm it depends. I do agree though for most people on these forums the AMD64 is still a very good value solution. The C2D's provide great performance and hence value through overclocking, but you have the hassle of spending money on cooling etc...

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