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E5200/E5300 For overclocking?

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Hi,
The E5200 starts at 2.50Ghz and the E5300 starts at 2.60Ghz, i'm looking at buying one of these either tomorow or monday. i'll be cooling it with the corsair H50 in well ventilated antec 300, will it really matter which i buy? i'm only going to be clocking to about 3-3.2Ghz on an intel p5q-pro.
only asking as the E5300 is on this weeks offers but has no reviews on the site.
 
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So what is stopping anyone from lowering the multi on the E5300?

The E5300 would be the better option if the price difference is minimal.

I'm guessing with the E5300 having a higher multi is going to be better as it can go higher but always has the chance to come down as well. would i be right in thinking, go for the cheapest as i'm only after a reletivly small overclock to 3.0ghz or 3.2ghz?
 
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A higher multiplier is good for speedstep which is handy if you're not using a lot of cpu load all the tiime.
 
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The answer is clearly the E5300. Its the same chip as the E5200, same cache, same (stock FSB (200MHz/800Mhz Quad Pumped), same process and the same power envelope. The only difference is the CPU multiplier: It is 12.5 on the E5200 and 13 on the E5300. As the CPU clockspeed is FSB X CPU multiplier, then the E5200 is 2.5GHz stock while the E5300 is 2.6GHz stock.

The only possible difference may be that the E5300 chip is binned higher than the E5200- but it shouldn't matter considering the tiny difference in stock clock speed.

One thing that does strike me as strange is that you will be running this budget CPU (as far as I can tell the cheapest current Intel around) on a high end platform: Corsair H50 cooler (£55) and a P5Q Pro (£90). Is this just a stop-gap CPU? With this kind of setup I would normally recommend a CPU like this or this.
 
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Hoping to use it for a few months, but in november it's my 21st so i'm looking to get a full new system and probably keeping this or giving it to my sister.
with the I7 prices bieng pretty low now i'm probably heading in that direction for a new build.
 
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Hey metamorphpwner,

the E5200/E5300 have been outmoded by the newer Intel® Pentium® Dual Core E6300

It has a faster stock speed (2.8GHz), it has a faster default FSB (266MHz), out the box support for DDR2-1066, better FSB limit (up to 500MHz) and they overclock well.

It costs about an extra £5.00-£10.00 but from an overclockers point of view is money well spent! :cool:
 
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Would the faster FSB and lower multiplier on the E6300 limit the overclock compared to the E5300?
 
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Would the faster FSB and lower multiplier on the E6300 limit the overclock compared to the E5300?

No, the higher default fsb will help.

It also gives you more choices with regards to memory as you wouldn't need anything extreme to get a decent overclock.
 
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Any of the 3 listed in the thread will easily hit 3.5ghz without breaking a sweat, so as its only gonna be used for like 3/4 months like u stated, get what ever is the cheapest at the time u are wanting to buy.

That being said the new E6300 is the better option of the 3, due to its higher starting fsb.

If it was me, id simply go for the cheapest at the time.
 
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