4 years, Overclocked to 3.0 GHZ, Still running strong
David M., Newegg
9 April 2011
Pros: Purchased in April '07, overclocked it to 3.0Ghz with MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 MB., and over 4 years, I've had maybe 5 BSOD's running WinXP64, and for the past few months, Win 7 Pro. Great chip, and finally looking to upgrade the rig. Fetches a 6.4 in windows experience.
Cons: Half a dozen BSOD's in 4 years running WinXP64 and Win764.
Summary: The E4300 Dual Core from Intel has been around for over a year now. When it was first released, it was hailed by enthusiasts as the "perfect storm" of a CPU because by design or chance, the unit was eminently overclockable and vastly cheaper than its contemporaries.
Summary: They are getting more and more rare, but the price/performance of this chip overclocked beats ANY other dual core cpu. AND EVEN BETTER THAN SOME LOWER END QUAD CORES!!!
Pros: This CPU is the best overclocking chip Ive seen since the celeron 400. It has the perfect multiplier, paired with an Nvidia 650i board, and cheap ram. Anything less than 3ghz, your not trying hard enough. Mine is stable at 3.45, with very very little (+.1 volt) core voltage tweaking.
Cons: Its not free and cant give backrubs. Its not even hot enough overclocked, to cook anything with.
Pros: Bought this b/c did not want to spend $1K on a quad core processor that could only be a dual core in "real life". Got 3.15 Gz after OC w/ Zalman cooler. Occ glitches (once every 3-4 months) with very high processing (i.e. boku multitasking), but works very well, even on my processor intensive app...
Pros: CPU worked really well right out of the box but thats about it
Cons: After a few months of having this CPU, it is running incredibly hot and I'm getting multiple BSOD's relating to the CPU. I'm not running THAT much, sometimes just firefox and my outlook, and I'll get a BSOD because of the CPU.