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The Core 2 Duo E6300 is the slowest processor out of the Core 2 Duo range (until Intel releases the E4300). However, dont let this fool you into believing that the performance of the processor will be poor. The new Core 2 Duo range of processors are cutting-edge and most people agree that it is the best processor out on the market. I certainly believe this, because my personal experience of the Core 2 Duo is simply that of raw performance.
The Core 2 Duo is Intel's answer to AMDs dual core processors. And quite simply, it is better. If you are buying or making a pc today, unless you have a specific reason not to, Core 2 Duo is a must.
The E6300 is clocked at 1.86ghz with an fsb of 1066mhz. It has 2MB L2 cache with technologies inclucing EM64T, VT, SSE3, Execute Bit.
What does all this mean?
- 1.86ghz refers to the speed of the processor. While you will probably come across other processors made by AMD and Intel such as the athlon 64 and pentium D which actually have a higher speed rating. Be warned. Core 2 Duo is brand new and cannot be compared to the others' clock speeds. It is very efficient, exactly why i wont bore you with the details. But just remember that you cant use the speeds to compare across different processors. But obviously you can compare one Core 2 Duo processor's speed with another Core 2 Duo.
- The FSB of 1066mhz refers to the bandwidth. This is pretty technical but just remember that a higher FSB helps performance.
- EM64T refers to 64 bit support. You may have noticed that Windows Vista is coming out in 2 versions. Both 32 bit and 64 bit. 64 bit gives numerous benefits including performance and security.
-SSE3 is the latest instruction set which means this processor has the latest optimisations
-VT, is less important to normal consumers but it simply allows you to run virtual computers on your pc.
Fo enthusiasts, they will be attracted by the overclocking potential. However, i feel that the e6400 is better for overclocking due to its higher multiplier but slightly higher price. It allows you to buy cheaper RAM and still achieve high overclocks.
The processor is very easy to install due to the design of the lga775 socket. The stock fan does its job well, but as per usual if you are going to overclock a 3rd party cooler is advised.
Other tidbits of information is hould include is that this is the Retail version of the E6300 and therefore comes with a 3yr warranty.