In mid-2006, we introduced the most impressive processor series from Intel, the Core 2 Duo. At that time, the flagship was the E6700 with a clock frequency of 2.66 GHz, an L2 cache of 4 MB, an FSB of 1066 MHz and a design process of 65 nm, which was rounded off with a price of $ 530. Today we're going to look at a processor with similar specifications, with one big difference, namely the estimated retail price of only $ 133.
The new Core 2 Duo E7200 is the first member of the "Wolfdale-3M" family. You may remember that not long ago we looked at the new Wolfdale family of 45nm processors, which consisted of the E8200, E8300, E8400 and E8500 processors. To date, these processors are the fastest Core 2 Duo processors and offer superior performance and efficiency, as well as excellent overclocking capabilities.
The Wolfdale 3M family, as you might have guessed, is a slimmed-down version, and as the name suggests, these processors have a smaller 3MB L2 cache and a 1066MHz FSB. With the Core 2 Duo E7200, Intel offers a 45nm processor that is significantly cheaper than the cheapest Wolfdale (~ $ 180) and even undercuts other budget-oriented models like the E6550, which costs around $ 160 while the E4700 is also more expensive at around $ 140.
The Core 2 Duo E7200 works at 2.53 GHz and is therefore somewhat slower than the E4700. However, this is offset by a higher FSB speed and additional L2 cache. More importantly, a 45nm chip inherits the extra efficiency that the original Wolfdale CPUs are known for.
The Core 2 Duo E7200 is already available for $ 133, so there's no doubt about the legitimacy of the suggested retail price, like the E8400.
Then the only question left is how this 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo chip with a 3 MB L2 cache behaves. This and more will be answered shortly as we throw the usual tests on the E7200 and compare it to a number of Intel and AMD processors.