Finally found my E2180! Chip en route, overclock results to come

I’ve been doing sporadic checks on a few major vendors’ sites and on price comparison sites on when this mythical CPU may appear. As luck would have it, I finally found the CPU for sale at eWiz last night. Put in an order for the elusive thing, and hopefully I will have my hands on it sometime next week. For approx. $95 including shipping and CA tax, it wasn’t so bad a deal in my opinion.

Reports from many forums indicate that even the E2140 and E2160 are starting to show up with the M0 stepping. These things are supposed to be monster overclockers, with reports of them clocking just as well as their G0 siblings, providing the boards are capable. Now that I have my Q6600 dialed in comfortably at 3.6ghz as my workstation, it’s now time to build a new box to replace the aging home server, the Dell SC400 with a 2.0ghz Celeron Socket 478 inside. With 3gb of RAM, the CPU is practically pegged @ 100% utilization while running a multitude of services, in addition to 3 instances of VMs on VMWare. Hopefully, I can get the E2180 to the same 3.6ghz range without much trouble. Such a setup should have enough muscle to comfortably take over the same services, with maybe a few more VMs thrown in.

In any case, I am getting WAY ahead of myself here. I’ll report back next week with the results.

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Where’s my E2180?

So I have been waiting for the release of the E2180 – the Pentium E chip that’s also built on the m0 stepping as the E4500. These things are supposed to be highly overclockable, as there are already reports of the E2160 hitting 3.6ghz stable, on air. I am waiting to get a couple of these to upgrade some boxes around the house, as I still have a Dell 400SC sitting here running 5 VM instances, and it’s driving me crazy (it’s got a 2ghz celeron inside).

According to various sources on the net, this thing’s supposed to be released already. But nobody carries it. What gives?

Q6600 G0 overclock success

I put together my workstation replacement over the weekend (finally).  It ran prime OK overnight, and now it’s sitting at 3.6ghz stable.  Love how it is dead quiet as it sits 2 feet away from me underneath the desk.  Total cost for hardware?  Let’s break it down:

Antec Solo case: $70
Coolmax 500w PSU (the 120mm fan really keeps it quiet): $30AR
Samsung SATA DVD burner:  $30
Q6600 G0: $300 shipped
Coolermaster HyperTX2: $16AR
Abit IP35-E: $55AR
OCZ Gold 2gb: $55AR
Maxtor 500gb SATA: $107  after taxes f/ Fry’s
eVGA 7900GT: Bought for $180 2 years ago
Zalman VF900: $35
Logitech G15 Keyboard: $35 AR
MS Intellimouse Explorer 4: Can’t bear to get rid of this thing.  All the new mice are crappy anyway.  Bought new for $12.

Total: $925 on hardware, counting everything.

Now let’s count software:

Ubuntu Studio: Free
Salvaged copy of Win2k for Win Apps: Do I have to count this?  This was paid on some other system.  Let’s just call it free.
Google Pack: Free
Rest of the Apps: Free (Firefox, Audacity, Paint.Net, Visual Studio Express, VMWare player, VLC, IM Proggies, PuTTY, etc…)

Total Software Cost: Free.

Gotta love price wars.  Who would ever imagine 20 years ago how fast and cheap things would get??

Intel’s X38 to introduce marketing-driven new Overclocking technologies

Digitimes reports that Intel is introducing Extreme Memory and Extreme Tuning Utility with X38 – coming in September.  If you are one of those that love having the latest and the greatest, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wait for this.  Yes, P35 was JUST introduced it feels like, but Intel’s new Tick Tock marketing strategy sure is keeping upgraders busy… maybe too busy.

Gotta love it when the market affords you OPTIONS. 🙂

Intel Penryn vs. Conroe performance

For those of you that just cannot wait to get them grubby hands on the latest and the greatest, HKEPC has already posted tested results of Intel’s 45nm part against an identically clocked conroe (E6550).  The article is written in Mandarin, but you do not see to read the article to understand the chart, which is presented in English.  The part that will probably excite the overclockers the most is probably not the minor difference in incremental performance, but the difference in TDP.  The impending die shrink is bringing substantially lower power usage and temps; couple that with the increased performance, and we can anticipate some pretty juicy performance.

So for those of you looking for an upgrade to your current rigs, these Wolfdales will be available soon, as in a couple of months.  Try to keep those trigger fingers calm before then.