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Windows 7: CPU Replacement


16 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 8.1
 
 
CPU Replacement

Hey All,

My Old Cpu is Starting to Slow Down, Its Main Ghz is Starting to Drop.

Its a 2.4 Ghz Dual Core Celeron E3200.

Now I've Just Shopped Around and i've Found a Replacement,

Intel Core 2 Duo E7600, S775, Wolfdale 45nm, 3.06 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB Cache, 11.5x Ratio, 65W

My Question is, Will this be worth the 90?

And i Do a Lot of Gaming and Work. So what do you guys think? Any reviews?

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16 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi i would suggest you to get a Quad Core (Core2Quad) instead if you can increase your budget a bit coz as you've mentioned that you do gaming and as new games taking advantage of 4 cores so it would be nice though E7600 is a good processor and you will see quiet much improvements compare to Celeron
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16 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

What do you mean by "Its Main Ghz is Starting to Drop"? How did you measure that?
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18 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Hi i would suggest you to get a Quad Core (Core2Quad) instead if you can increase your budget a bit coz as you've mentioned that you do gaming and as new games taking advantage of 4 cores so it would be nice though E7600 is a good processor and you will see quiet much improvements compare to Celeron
Unfortunatly I Cant Improve my Budget as i had it set for 100 for a new cpu and thats the Fastest i can get at that price, actually 6 under. But i'm Glad you agree with it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
What do you mean by "Its Main Ghz is Starting to Drop"? How did you measure that?
I measured that with CPUZ-Id, on the box it says that the E3200 is for 2.4 Ghz, Now mine has dropped down to 2.36 GHz, So i know its Dropping slowly (Actually More Quickly Then i thought, especially at 2 years of age now.
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18 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Your CPU won't "loose" its speed like that. It either works or doesn't.

You probably have processor power savings enabled and your CPU is just lowering its frequency when idle to conserve power. There is nothing wrong with that and you aren't loosing any CPU processing power from it - when the system needs CPU, the frequency will increase. Try running something like Prime95 stresses your CPU and you will see the GHz increase.
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18 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

GeneO is right, CPU don't lose speed, however at various times they change up their speed based on your specific hardware and BIOS.
Example, my wife's PC has an Athlon64 X2 2.4Ghz in a HP PC. It has CPU power options which are locke by HP, sometimes CUPz will show it as low as 800Mhz, depending on what it is doing at the time.

The CPU can change speed within a scant few nanoseconds. Billionths of a second.
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18 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You might want to run HWiNFO64 with Sensor only checked and see if the voltages are up to par. A slowing processor could mean an aging motherboard regulator or a power supply getting weak. Either will cary over to a new processor. The limits are +/- 5% but I would consider 5% the failure mark and replacement time.
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18 Jul 2011   #8

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows Sniper View Post
...on the box it says that the E3200 is for 2.4 Ghz, Now mine has dropped down to 2.36 GHz...
40 MHz is within the margin of error for the test - less than a 2% difference. If we were back in the days of P-133 CPUs then 40 MHz might be something to get excited about. Your processor is running full speed.

Having said that, boogieboy's advice is worth looking into. If you can pick one up cheap it would definitely kick things up a notch. Make sure it's compatible with your motherboard, though.
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18 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You might want to run HWiNFO64 with Sensor only checked and see if the voltages are up to par. A slowing processor could mean an aging motherboard regulator or a power supply getting weak. Either will cary over to a new processor. The limits are +/- 5% but I would consider 5% the failure mark and replacement time.
If you don't have good stable voltages, your processor frequency won't change, the processor will just crash. Since the OP didn't mention any crashing, his voltages are fine.

I have never seen CPUZ frequencies vary that much. I expect it is Intel Speedstep power savings (it won't be C1E or other C state power savings since they don't show up on CPUZ in my experience).
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18 Jul 2011   #10

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

If it were enabled and running Speedstep is going to drop it a whole lot more than .04 GHz. It usually is in the 30-40% range, not the measly 1.67% our man is seeing.
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