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Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz 2 MB Cache Socket LGA775

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: BX80571E5300
  • Processor Count: 2
  • Computer CPU Speed: 2.60
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
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Product Description

Intel's newest addition to the Intel Pentium processor family with dual-core processor technology that delivers great desktop and mobile performance, low power enhancements, and multitasking for everyday computing.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 4.1 x 2 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
ASIN B001MQBQSQ
Item model number BX80571E5300
National Stock Number 7021-01-581-3715
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3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #463 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > CPU Processors
Date first available at Amazon.com December 10, 2008

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By Peter D. Mar on August 16, 2009
I've upgraded one of my home built computer from a Prescott Pentium 4 at 3.4 GHz to this 45 nm Pentium dual core 2.6 GHz, Wolfdale E5300. To do this upgrade, also entails replacing the motherboard to the ASrock 775i65G rev 2.0. I've went this route with this motherboard, because I want the reuse the 2 GB PC 3200 DDR RAM as well as the AGP Gforce 7600GT graphics card. Except for the problem with the motherboard, the speed improvement was close to three times if not more than that of the Pentium 4 after some mild overclocking to 3 GHz.

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.
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I just upgraded my computer from an AMD Sempron 3000+ (1800 MHz single core CPU) to the new Intel E5300 (2600 Mhz dual core CPU). It was a big speed improvement. SiSoftware Sandra's benchmark indicates that my old AMD 3000 is 72% slower on the CPU arithmetic benchmark.

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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From the shipping package too my computer up and running without errors or Blue Screens was lass than 15 minutes. Was concerned about this being a Pull,but they said Tested, and it proved to be a great value.
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I used this processor on the motherboard I purchased from the same vendor (see other review) and it has worked great! It was easy to install, works fast as lightening, and works smoothly with Windows 7 with no problems. Be patient during initial setup, as this process is a little time consuming, but well worth it. Fantastic upgrade for older slower units without having to buy a completely new system. I used this processor to upgrade my HP Pavilion 510c from a Pentium 3 board and processor, to a Pentium 4 board and processor. WOW! What a difference! For $159, this is the best fastest and cheapest computer I have ever owned! Great vendor, ships fast, well packaged, and new is new! I will buy again!
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This lil guy is a TROOPER.. and I'm told when paired with a decent ASUS / high-end motherboard, it is easily overclockable up to 3.5-4 ghz if you have a robust enough heatsink / fan on it. With water cooling? Perhaps even better. I'm not currently using it, but I MIGHT reassign it to a small bitcoin mining machine. We shall see...
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I love the performance of this CPU. Sure there are better ones out there but for 69.99? This thing runs anything I can throw at it including Crysis, the new Modern Warfare 2 and Dragon Age. No issues whatsoever. You would have to be a fool not to get this processor. Period.
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Installed this processor on a Zotac G43 ITX motherboard, easily over-clocked to 3.0 ghz at stock voltage, stable. Coupled with a Galaxy Geforce 240 GT, and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM it can play Call of Duty 4 with every setting maxed at 60 Fps on a 720p monitor, and still stay below 60 C. even with the stock Intel Cooler. I played the Crysis demo and it stays well above 35 Fps. Great Processor at a very reasonable price.
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