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Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 review

HEAD TO HEAD: BEST MID-PRICE PERFORMERS

Our Verdict

Can still do the business when it comes to gaming, but elsewhere this chip is limited

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Puts in a powerful performance
  • Good for gaming

Against

  • Slow compared to rivals

AMD might have been first to market with dual-core, but there has been a lot of silicon under the bridge since those glory days.

In recent times, Intel's Core 2 Duo has been showing everyone how dual-core should really be done.

Powerful processor

The E6850 is in fact an older 65nm chip, but it is still powerful. Considering the chip only has two cores to work with, it holds up pretty well to the Phenom 9550, and is a considerable improvement over the E2180.

Compared to the Phenom, the 1333MHz bus seems glacial, but it's got 4MB of L2 cache, which certainly helps.

Video encoding, while better than the E2180, is average, and really lags behind AMD's Phenom.

The game scores are strong though and you won't have many problems running most games on this chip.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore 2 Duo
Clock Speed3 GHz
Processor SocketSocket T LGA-775
Brand NameIntel
L2 Cache4 MB
Compatibility
  • Intel DG33BUC Desktop Board
  • Intel DG33FBC Desktop Board
  • Intel DPDPM Desktop Board
  • Intel DG33TLM Desktop Board
  • Intel DQ35JOE Desktop Board
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelE6850
Product NameCore 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz Desktop Processor
Product LineCore 2 Duo
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80557E6850
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

You'll experience revolutionary performance, unbelievable system responsiveness, and energy-efficiency second to none. And, you won't have to slow down for virus scan, multiple compute intensive programs, or multimedia downloads these desktop processors are up to 40 percent faster with improved energy-efficiency.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology65 nm
Limited Warranty3 Year