Intel E8600 Core 2 Duo Processor Review

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Intel E8600 Review

Intel E8600 Review

I won’t be using my X48 test-bed today as this review will predominately focus on overclocking and frankly X48 isn’t the ideal platform for Wolfdale overclocking. Today I’ll be using the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme which includes Intel’s P45 chipset with DDR3 support. I just received the new F3I BIOS from Gigabyte earlier this morning so that was loaded onto the board. The memory was run at 7-7-7-21-2T timings through all the stock speeds and varying times are noted in the overclocked results. The Gigabyte HD 4850 card that was used in the review has been volt modded and BIOS flashed to 850MHz on the core and 1125MHz on the memory, up from 625MHz on the core and 993MHz on the memory. Windows XP SP2 was used for the tests as this quick review was performed on my 3D Benchmarking operating system that was currently installed on the test hard drive.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600

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Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme

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Memory

Corsair PC3-14400C7 Dominator 2x1GB

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Video Card

Gigabyte HD 4850 CrossFire

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Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

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Cooling

Box Cooler

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Power Supply

OCZ 700w GameXStream

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Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP2 32-Bit

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