CPU Guide

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 review

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 - The Next Overclocking Wonder

Compare This



Test Setup

Test Setup

For a modest 370MHz FSB overclock to achieve 3.33GHz on the Pentium Dual-Core E2160, you really don't require any fantastic motherboards. Many Intel P965 boards and all Intel P35 boards can support the new 1333MHz PSB based processors which use a 333MHz base FSB. As such, 370MHz is a very minor boost that these boards can easily handle in their stride. On the other hand, to get the best out of the Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6320 requires an overclocking-class motherboard to dish out an FSB much higher than 450MHz because of their low 7x CPU multiplier. In our performance comparison, we'll have the overclocked Pentium Dual-Core E2160 at 3.33GHz pitted against the Core 2 Duo E6300 overclocked to 3.36GHz as well the E6420 that was overclocked to 3.23GHz. Additionally, we'll have the new Core 2 Duo E6550, E6750 and E6850 processors in the results comparison. The various testbeds used for this article are as follows:-

Pentium Dual-Core E2160 Overclocking Setup

  • ASUS Commando (Intel P965 chipset)
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 @ 3.33GHz (370 x 9)
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair XMS DDR2-1000 memory modules (CAS 4. 4-4-12) @ DDR2-800
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


Core 2 Duo E6420 Overclocking Setup

  • ASUS Commando (Intel P965 chipset)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 CPU @ 3.23GHz (404 x 8)
  • 2 x 512MB Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 memory modules (CAS 4. 4-4-12) @ DDR2-808
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


Core 2 Duo E6300 Overclocking Setup

  • Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 chipset)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 CPU @ 3.36GHz (480 x 7)
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair XMS DDR2-1000 memory modules (CAS 5. 5-5-15) @ DDR2-980
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


Core 2 Duo Reference Setup

  • Intel Desktop Board D975XBX (Intel 975X Express chipset)
  • Intel Core 2 Core 2 Duo E6850, E6750 and E6550
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair XMS DDR2-1066 memory modules (CAS 4. 4-4-12) @ DDR2-800
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


Athlon 64 X2 Reference Setup

  • ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (nForce 590 SLI chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and 5600+
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair DDR2-800 memory modules (CAS 4, 4-4-12) @ DDR2-800
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce 7900 GT 256MB - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 84.21
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2

 The benchmarks used in this review include:-

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2004
  • Futuremark PCMark 2005 Pro
  • Cinebench 2003
  • Lightwave 3D 7.5
  • SPECviewperf 8.01
  • XMpeg 5.03 (DivX encoding)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 Pro
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • AquaMark3
  • Quake 4 ver.1.20