Intel Pentium E2140 Tested - TechAmok
Intel Pentium E2140 Tested - [hardware]
04:53 PM EDT - May,29 2007 - post a comment
The chaps over at
HotHardware take a look at the performance, power consumption, and
of Intel's brand-new Pentium E2140 dual-core processor.
This chip is derivative of the 'Conroe' core used in the Core 2 Duo family of
processors, but with a smaller cache and lower FSB and core frequencies. At
under $100, it proved to be a solid value, especially after we overclocked it to
almost 3GHz using the stock air-cooler.
For a $95 (USD) processor, the Intel Pentium E2140 put up a surprisingly
solid performance, which is a testament to this chip's overall value. Albeit
under a new name, Intel is finally moving their Conroe dual-core architecture
down to the budget markets, bringing true modern dual-core performance to
low-end systems, which is something everyone can appreciate.
In terms of raw performance, the Pentium E2140 only runs about 10% slower in
most cases than Intel's cheapest Core 2 Duo processor, the E6300, which is
impressive considering it has a lower clock speed and half the cache. However,
the Pentium E2140 ($95) is currently 42% cheaper than the Core 2 Duo E6300
($165), making it a better value compared to low-end Core 2 Duo processors. We
should also note that, AMD does have dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors which
are as inexpensive as $55 in some cases, so if you're looking for extreme
low-budget dual-core processing, AMD still delivers the lowest price. For
Intel-based dual-core computing though, the Pentium E2100-series chips are
excellent choices for those with limited budgets.
When looking at the benchmarks, we also see that the Pentium E2140 can
provide extremely good performance when overclocked. Notably, the chip
performs great in workstation and basic office-class applications, where the
smaller amount of L2 cache does not hurt performance as much as one would
expect. Gamers, however, would be better served by a chip with a larger amount
of L2 cache, as the smaller L2 compliment on the Pentium E2100 series does hurt
its clock-for-clock gaming performance against the Core 2 Duo. While others have
pushed these chips further with more exotic cooling, we pushed our chip to 2.9
GHz with the stock cooler. At this level, the Pentium E2140 processor can
provide performance similar to a Core 2 Duo E6700 ($320) in best case scenarios.
The Pentium E2140 can push very high clock speeds with very little work, and the
stock cooler which Intel bundles is whisper silent most of the time, which makes
for a great combination.
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