Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 review

Good, but not that good

The E6700 comes with Intel's excellent dual-core feature set

TechRadar Verdict

A decent option but one that is marked down by the excellence of Intel's other alternatives


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    Excellent integer and SSE performance


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    Poor value for money

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Nearly £150 for an extra 200MHz. If you're of the opinion that that sounds like a pretty rum deal, then join the club. Unlike its Extreme Edition sibling, the E6700 can't even claim to offer the dubious benefit of an unlocked CPU multiplier.

Consequently, it offers the same great dual-core feature set, including 4MB of shared cache memory, monstrous integer and SSE performance and modest operating temperatures as the cheaper E6600.

What it doesn't deliver is a tangible advantage in terms of headroom, topping out at just over 3GHz. Of course, mileages vary when it comes to overclocking and you can expect an E6700 to clock higher than a E6600. But not by much.

We reckon you'll get more performance for less by buying an E6600 with high quality cooling and a good motherboard. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.