Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, Eco-Friendly Performance

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It has been surprising and frankly somewhat satisfying to see the success to date of the "Wolfdale" core architecture in Intel’s Core 2 lineup of processors. "Wolfdale" is Intel’s first 45nm based dual-core design, and is an interesting product beyond first glance. When it was first announced, there was a bit of doubt throughout the industry of the chip’s viability in the market. The doubt was that it would be foolish of Intel put major weight behind a dual-core processor architecture, as the future is clearly quad-core processors and beyond. More cores are always better, right? Why would Intel continue pushing dual-core models when quad-core models are getting more and more cost efficient?  That's a fair question.

Once we got our first “Wolfdale” chips in for testing, we realized that a modern dual-core processor can still bring exceptional performance for today’s high-end machines. While quad-cores definitely have more appeal for the heavy multi-tasking power user, dual-cores can typically accomplish most tasks with performance to spare, but can do so with much lower power consumption and heat production. In addition, if your application of choice is only coded to handle two processor cores, it can actually run faster on a highly-clocked dual-core compared to a mid-range clocked quad-core. While the wave of multi-core software is rising every day, we still haven’t seen truly compelling numbers in main stream applications showing that quad-core processors are worth their premiums for many average, everyday computing scenarios.

Intel's Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor Engineering Sample

In any case, despite initial availability issues, Intel’s new E-series processors based on this new “Wolfdale” architecture ended up being a big hit, and chips are still in high-demand, months after their initial release. Now that the product line is beginning to become available in volume, we’re seeing Intel flesh out their Core 2 Duo product line with the entry of the first truly low-cost “Wolfdale” processor release to date, Intel’s Core 2 Duo E7200.

The Core 2 Duo E7200 is a bit of an anomaly on Intel’s dual-core product lineup, much like the Core 2 Quad Q9300 is the anomaly for the quad-core product lineup. Both the E7200 and Q9300 are the only models in their lineups which have half the L2 cache of other models in their families. In addition, both run at 2.5 GHz clock speeds and both are priced very competitively for the performance they offer. The E7200 is a based on a simple, modern dual-core design, whereas the Q9300 uses two of these processor dies to create a quad-core version . Beyond the raw core count, the chips are nearly identical. With the release of the Core 2 Duo E7200, it’s now possible to get a fast “Wolfdale” dual-core chip for about $130, about half the price of today’s high-end “Wolfdale” models. Let’s see if this newbie can live up to the high-bar set by preceding 45nm dual-core parts from Intel.

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amdcrankitup 6 years ago

Davo thats an very impressive OC.I had posted in the forums earliar this summer my summer project a build using a E8400 Wolfdale which came in around $249.00 at newegg which last check I think was $209.00. Everythng I read said the Wolfdales the E8400 and the 8500 were great Ocers.But the E7200 is about 70 to 80 dollars less and the numbers on your post are incredible.Making the price to performance ratio a great buy.Course the Summer rig I posted was I guess my Dream Rig at the time and still a little out of my reach still but you know how that is you always want faster and better.Considering what Im running anythings faster and Im looking forward to my upgrade.I might have missed it but what MB were you using? Either way thats a great performer and a great review just makes me drool till my upgrade!!YesYes

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Even overclocked to 3.5ghz, it often loses to a stock E8400.  You can definitely see why it costs cheaper.  But, it's got quite the kick for price, especially considering the OC abilities.  Quite the powerful CPU for only $130.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

Thats true its more of a budget thing with me.Of course if money wasnt an issue then we all would have the fastest and then it would be like Nascar around here even the playing field and we all would be butting heads to see who would come out on top depernding on skill, knowlege of OCing and then some luck! Which that would be some real fun matter of fact a whole lot of fun.Course I,ve been out of it awhile so you guys would oast my a___, thats ok to still be fun seeing who would Flamebroil their Rig first.LOL


SqUiD267 6 years ago
Cheap but nogo on gaming Sad
Laggerzero 6 years ago
WHAT?!?!?! NO hardware virtualization support? It was looking really good until you said that lol. But anyways. It is a good mainstreem processor and I think a lot of retailers will start selling it in there systems. Its a good cheep performer.
higgamo 6 years ago

=O wow the wolfdales overclocking is a amazing e7200 @ 5ghz seems crazy.

obi 6 years ago

So that poeple can get accurate numbers in power consumption you guys need to test the cpu on its own in idle and under load ,not the hole system

how do we know what wattage numbers it does in idle mode if its mesured mixed in a system on the graphs?, comon guys!

 measure them on their own! 

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