new conroe-4m



30 minutes to swap, take the vacuum cleaner and trim brush to that
mess around a 212 thermaltake monster after couple years with a D805.
Quick, real quick application of Artic Silver, and four screws to
secure back the HS.

Fired up the second time at 9x333. 65watts and conroe is 7F degrees
hotter than the D805.

It's also 65micron vrs the D805's - about 95micron, roughly only
400Mhz faster clocked speed.

Already seeing 1/3 off native DOS compression to restore an XP
parition from a compressed image. Was 45sec w/ D805 on an 800M binary
image, now 30sec w/ Core2 Duo E6850 on same image.

$10 bucks on Ebay. What more can I say?

When you're good, you're good. . .

(Rushed thru the available CPU charts for cross referencing
benchmarks, dollar cost averaging for availability on Ebay, and a
quick once over for Intel specs/features for the various models - a
fair share of them. Think I might have slow my whamerbamer
gear-jammer down, just a tad, and got an available 45micron WolfDale
for effectively the same price;- benchmarks were too close, and I
glossed it over probably not noticing the 45micron technology. Might
have been a perfectly aced the "score," otherwise, along with a few
degrees cooler added ambient temps. ...Besides, I'd heard high praise
before on Conroe duals, and Conroe was kind'a sticky in my mind.)




$10 bucks on Ebay. What more can I say?

For the same price --


I could have got an Intel Pentium G3258
- 22micron 3M Cache, 3.20 GHz 53W -

[if and once] paired to a...

Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600
Motherboards GA-H81M-DS2V

MB's shipped by Amazon for $65. Special combo deal, MB+CPU, so you
know it works (in order to do the math).

Though does look suspiciously like a video-enabled MB, as paired to
the Haswell's GPU spec's, best I can tell.

Which potentially wouldn't require a (mini) ePCI x1 riser/converter -
to convert x1 PCI to a full-slot x16 slot - from Singapore, maybe, if
more than just one full sized slots were, say, kewl.

(I see -all- the gamer reviewers simply love to overclock that
22micron CPU to 5Ghz. Alas, for a 1997-ish CPU, that 65micron E6850 I
just stuck in probably wouldn't be worthy for much of an update.)


I once compared a 2400 MHz Conroe to a 3600 MHz Cedar Mill on same
mainboard - the benchmarks very very similar. So Conroe was about 50%
better than old Netburst.
I imagine a Prescott-2M would have fared worse, as they ran hot and




I once compared a 2400 MHz Conroe to a 3600 MHz Cedar Mill on same
mainboard - the benchmarks very very similar. So Conroe was about 50%
better than old Netburst.
I imagine a Prescott-2M would have fared worse, as they ran hot and

The Prescott wasn't "that far" lagging from the Conroe from a
subjective sense. Similarly...after a week's use, seems to me the
Conroe is edgy and quicker enough to be worth the update. For its
native DOS de-compression on restorations, I'd gladly pay what I did
for that alone. Can't say I'm by far into W7 enough to where a
quadcore Yorkfield would have provided what I originally was after,
though. Looking over quadcore prices, however, and a Yorkshire still
commands a premium, to get a CPU with the assuredness wanted --
considering there was both a retail newer-model budget quad, along
with actual benchmarks in predominately XP dualcore territory, which I
still run (W7 more upon occasion off a boot arbitrator for the time

The Cedar Mill is 65micron, an advantage over what looks to be rather
a 95nm Smithfield the Conroe replaced (I may have misidentified for a
Prescott). Hard to imagine getting much cooler with any of these
after three or more years with a CoolerMaster 212 - one monster of a
CPU cooler. Also see where the Cedar Mill relates back to my old
buddy and when I came back to Intel (being absent since a 386) - with
my first "new new" Intel, a S478 Celeron D. Reading rave reviews
about the D model and decided to give it a try. The Celeron D is a
"modified" Cedar Mill -

"Celeron D microprocessors have modified Cedar Mill core with 512 KB
of level 2 cache memory. To distinguish this core from Pentium 4 Cedar
Mill core with 2 MB L2 cache, the Celeron D core is often called Cedar
Mill-512." Mill.html

The Conroe is safe to say, miles ahead of my old Celeron D, though.
....Closer, though perhaps not quite there in all regards, to an AMD x2
Athlon 4000 (2Ghz or a little more core speed), which packs a fair
amount of power and ran literally circles around the replaced and
first Intel Pentium D 805 2.66 GHz LGA 775 CPU SL8ZH 2M/533 dual core,
I got for trying out Ebay $10 CPUs on new MBs (yep, AMD x2 is also an
Ebay item).

Bunches of Ebay picked pulls. Here today & gone tomorrow, and any
given model may reflect more or less availability/scarcity (quite a
few options Intel's racked up in a 775 socket). Small wonder, still,
the CPU industry is currently undergoing black&blue daily beating for
shifts away from desktop builds. I may yet have another Ebay, "$10
change" on a Yorkshire quad - say I check again after a few more
months or a year from now. A quick performance check I looked up put
the Yorshire close to parity for this Conroe's single/double-core
intensive tasks.