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Review: Intel Pentium D 805 - Dual Core on a Budget

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Just as you'd expect, the Pentium D 805 is a very good value if you are either: 1) multitasking, or 2) running multithreaded applications. As we've seen by its performance in Internet Content Creation SYSMark, 3dsmax and our suite of media encoding applications, if you're running the right apps and workloads then the Pentium D 805 offers an unstoppable value. The chip ends up delivering much better overall performance at the price of a single core CPU.

The 805 also does a good job of staying competitive with the Pentium D 820 and 920. In most cases, the 805 offers within 5% of the performance of the Pentium D 820 despite its lower clock speed and 533MHz FSB. For the budget conscious, or if you're planning another more serious upgrade later this year to Socket-AM2 or Conroe, a Pentium D 805 coupled with a cheap 945 motherboard can't be beat.

The fact of the matter is that Socket-AM2 is just around the corner, and Conroe appears to be the Intel chip to wait for, so if you're upgrading or buying today we'd strongly recommend going with a more economical system upgrade. At $133, the Pentium D 805 is a very good balance between price and performance, provided that your workload is multithreaded or multitasking in nature.
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Thats the cpu i hope to be upgrading to soon.
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Thats the cpu i hope to be upgrading to soon.
You should wait for a low-end Conroe instead.

But then again, the 805 is quite an impressive CPU when overclocked. At 3.70ghz (185x20) is faster than a Pentium D 840 at stock speeds of course. With a 955X or 975X this CPU can hit 4.0ghz easy and beyond with better cooling.

But a Conroe with an 800mhz fsb and 2MB cache should work out preety good as well.
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You should wait for a low-end Conroe instead.

But then again, the 805 is quite an impressive CPU when overclocked. At 3.70ghz (185x20) is faster than a Pentium D 840 at stock speeds of course. With a 955X or 975X this CPU can hit 4.0ghz easy and beyond with better cooling.

But a Conroe with an 800mhz fsb and 2MB cache should work out preety good as well.
Yes, but Conroe will require a more expensive motherboard, higher speed RAM, and it will cost more for the CPU. The 805 is a great build for a budget minded preson.
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