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E7300 any good?

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^?

a Micro Center near my hotel is selling them for $105, BNIB... i wanted to get a Q9300 but funds are tight, so would this be a good upgrade from what i have? note that i can't buy online for certain reasons so i'm kinda SOL when it comes to Newegg so if possible please avoid suggesting it.

could i get to 3.6ghz or maybe even 4ghz pretty easily? is there anything i need to look out for, such as a particular stepping to buy? do they OC well? and would performance (primarily for gaming) be worth the outlay?
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If you wanted to buy used and from an OCN member, there is a E7200 for $90 for sale. He was able to get 3.6ghz on 1.34Vcore.
post #3 of 13
e7300 or e7200 nice chips oc nicely buy the e7300 and you got a 3 year warranty
Edited by valtopps - 12/26/08 at 4:38pm
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Decent chip, can't go wrong with it..
post #5 of 13
Its a good chip, well worth $105
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great... and it is probably going to hit 4ghz?

or at least 3.6?
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3.6-3.8 could hit 4ghz. my e7200 was my first oc had it 3.2 i know it could do more but i was scared and i had a stock cooler
Edited by valtopps - 12/26/08 at 4:57pm
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I was only able to get my 2180 up to 3.2GHz, the 7300 goes to 3.6 in it's slippers, and runs at 3.8 if I bump it up to 1.36V. It has never gotten over 51C at 3.8 with a CoolerMaster Hyper212 on it. It's a decent cooler, but there are definitely better available now.

I paid $120 for mine a month ago and I'm not even mad that they're $105 now, that's how much I like it.
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My E7500 does 3.6 @ stock volts on a Zotac ITX mobo. Sadly this mobo doesn't have much OC options and no voltage adjustment other than NB volts. I may have to toss it into my P45 board and see how high it will go.
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post #10 of 13
agreed. that chip is worth the money.

if you dont have enough money to get the quad this chip will hold you over untill you can get one.
    
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