Intel E6750 CPUccokeman -
Price: $189.99 USD
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You've gotten the upgrade itch again. Your system is up to date, you have a dual core processor already, but that hardware jones just won’t go away. Kind of like the new car itch. You get in and smell the newness, kick the tires, and the salesman leads you down the hallway to the finance room to talk to the numbers guy. Then you finally put your name on the dotted line and you are now the proud owner of a new car. On the way home the buyers regret starts. By the time you get home, you start to realize that the other car was still pretty nice. You won’t have to sign on the dotted line and promise out your first born child to be able to own one of Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo CPUs. In fact, with the latest price drops, they are downright affordable. For the Average Joe, 2.66 GHz, 1066MHz and 1333MHz are numbers that really don’t mean a whole lot.
For the enthusiast, those numbers bring the hope of increased performance and higher clock speeds from the CPUs that we chose. Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo CPUs feature a 333 FSB instead of the 266 FSB we have grown accustomed to. Built using the same 65 nanometer process as its predecessors, it includes a shared L2 cache of 4 megabytes with 64 bit support on a socket 775 platform. Many motherboards currently on the market have the capability to use these new CPUs, while some need just a simple BIOS update to gain the capability. So why not jump in and take a look while we see what the latest from Intel has to offer.
Intel was formed at a time when the average size computer took up a large amount of space, usually several rooms. My how times have changed. Now the heart of a computer can be held in the palm of your hand with no thoughts of being crushed. Intel has lead the way with innovation and continually reducing the size of the processor and increasing the level of performance.
Closer Look :
The CPU that Intel has sent to us is an E6750 that runs at 333 FSB with a clock multiplier of 8. The package arrived tucked neatly in a sealed bag with the CPU in an OEM style box.
Opening the box, we get our first glimpse of the contents. Inside, we can see that we have a spanking new E6750 processor to put to the test.
Looking at the CPU, it appears to be an Engineering sample, not a retail CPU. Is that a bad thing? Not really. If you are an enthusiast, this could be a diamond or just a shiny lump of coal. As with any processor, your mileage may vary on the results you can achieve. With the socket 775 platform, you will notice that there are no pins on the bottom of the CPU. A little different, but it still works without the thought of bending pins during the installation.