- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: BX80571E5300
- Processor Count: 2
- Computer CPU Speed: 2.60
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz 2 MB Cache Socket LGA775
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- 2MB L2 Cache
- 2.6GHz Clock Speed
- 800MHz FSB
- 64-bit Processing
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The way I had this computer setup,the performance is approaching that of my other computer which has the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 at 3.16 GHz. The CPU temperature on this processor is quite cool at 55°C at hundred percent CPU loading using the skimpy stock Intel heatsink and fan at 3 GHz speed. The 55°C is actually measure on the CPU very core, and not the CPU package which may be 5°C cooler. The temperature was measured using this free software, Realtemp.
Because this CPU has 2 MB on-chip cache memory and being a dual core, it works extremely well for multitasking as compared to the Pentium 4. One nice feature I really like about this processor is the Enhanced Intel Speed Step which saves electricity by under clocking the processor when heavy processing power is not needed. The processor selects multipliers varying between 6 to 13, depending on CPU load. Also,the CPU core voltage varies based on CPU load from a high of 1.25 V to a low of about 0.8V. The maximum power dissipation on this processor is 65 W but 54 W at 3 GHz according to Sandra benchmarking software.
Considering how much this processor cost, I am extremely happy with the performance as well as the overclocking ability of this processor.Read more ›
There is a comprehensive review at a site named Anandtech entitled, "AMD Athlon X2 7850 vs. Intel Pentium E5300: Choosing the Best $70 CPU". The review found that in about half of the tests (like multimedia) the Intel E5300 was faster than the AMD 7850, but for 3 of the 4 games benchmarked the AMD was about 10% faster. The conclusion is that "the Pentium E5300 Intel delivers, at $74, a CPU that is faster than the original Core 2 Duo E6400. And as such, it's also faster than every single Pentium 4 ever made." The E5300 is also faster than the Athlon 64 FX-62.
There is one downside to the E5300's manufactured prior to August 2009. The older E5300's do not support hardware virtualization. What does that mean to you? Microsoft has been developing Virtual PC technology which allows you to simultaneously run multiple operating systems and applications on the same computer. The Microsoft Virtual PC can only be run on CPU's that support hardware virtualization. In Windows 7, the Microsoft Virtual PC software allows you to run earlier versions of Windows within a window of Windows 7. This feature could be used to run legacy (old) applications that have compatibility problems in Windows 7. Some people have also claimed that the Virtual PC mode can be used to circumvent the DRM (digital rights management) technology in Windows 7.
For the budget-minded, the E5300 is a CPU that you should consider.
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Great price and working well. Still love using Windows XP!Published 17 months ago by Scott D. Schumacher
Product was not what was described received a processor that was still connected to a used mother boardPublished 17 months ago by Damien R Thomas
This chip is an oldie but a goodie. I wanted to refurbish a computer for a veteran, and this chip did the job. Read morePublished 24 months ago by pennid
I installed this CPU and didn't have any problems with it. I always buy quality motherboard and was able to overclock this bad boy to 3.6Ghz!! Stability is amazing!Published on October 15, 2013 by Raymond Boettcher
Got this CPU for a Mediacenter PC that will be used only to stream HD content and it works very well. A passive heatsink is ok as this CPU won't generate much heat. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Sergio
I bought this processor in June of 2010 to replace an older processor for my brother's computer to play WoW(World of Warcraft)with decent performance and with a tight budget at... Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by T. Vela
The processor was supposed to be new however, the processor was marked and there were indications it was used, not new.Published on October 28, 2010 by TJ
I've always been with Intel since my first computer. I've always been happy with their products not only because they can perform well, but their products are built to last. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Mr. Digital