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Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Review



The Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor will be put through our benchmarking suite to see what kind of performance the motherboard delivers. The OverclockersClub series of benchmarks include both system tests and gaming benchmarks to verify the performance of this product. Testing will include a direct comparison of several processors, including stock speed benchmarking. CPU clock speed will be kept at the manufacturer specified clock speed and multiplier for the baseline testing. All motherboard and video card settings were left at setup defaults, again to eliminate any variables. The overclocking phase of the testing will be accomplished by using all of the available settings on the motherboard to gain the maximum performance from the little E7200. It may seem strange to test the E7200 against a slew of quad core processors and only one dual core, but this will be one more chip to add to the simmering dual core vs. quad core debate.


Testing Setup:


Testing Setup AMD:


Comparison CPUs:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 540x7.5  4.05GHz
  • Sytem Memory: Mushkin Redline XP2 8000 2 x 2 GB 5-5-5-12

After installing the E7200 into the socket and buttoning up the case, the one thing I forgot to do was reset the CMOS after changing the processor. Oops! This realization came just as I pushed the power button to fire the rig up. I figured a failed boot attempt was in my future because the E8400 I had just finished testing was running at 4.00GHz set at 500x8 with 1.375 volts to it. Sweet jumping Jehoshaphat! It booted up and right into Windows with not so much as a hiccup! This was indeed promising. Pushing the clock speeds higher would allow the computer to boot but nowhere near stable and nowhere near sane voltages needed to get it much higher. It took 1.39 volts to get to 4050MHz but to go higher Prime stable required ridiculously high voltages. I dont mind pushing it but when running LinPack the temperatures spiked to 110 degrees right off the bat with the volts at the 1.55 I used to run the E8400 up to 4.5GHz. So knowing where my maximum speed was, I decided to see what kind of FSB I could get from the board and E7200. I dropped the multiplier down to 7 and started at 525FSB since this was the limit on the E8400. No problem! Moving in 5MHz increments I finally reached that wall at 545FSB. At this point it was time to start upping the multiplier to find the best mix of FSB and maximum speed that the E7200 would run at. 540 x 7 is the final overclock for this chip. Not quite the 2.0GHz worth of overclock I had originally thought possible but you gotta think, 1.55GHz worth of performance gained with a little work ain't too shabby. To get there on this combo required a voltage increase on the northbridge, changing the skew level for the CPU, adjustments the the vtt voltage and of course, an increase on the CPU voltage.




  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heros-Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apopyhsis, WinRar
  5. Testing (Specview 10, PcMark Vantage)
  6. Testing (Sandra XII Professional)
  7. Testing (Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune)
  8. Testing: Crysis
  9. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  10. Testing: Bioshock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  12. Testing: World in Conflict
  13. Testing: Call of Juarez
  14. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  15. Testing: 3DMark06
  16. Conclusion
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