The days of the Pentium D are long behind us, and Intel has finally dragged members of its Core 2 line of processors under the $100 mark. The new Pentium E2140 and Pentium E2160 may bear the old Pentium name, but they're Core 2 Duos at heart. In fact, they're based on the same Allendale core as the Core 2 Duo E4300, just with 1MB of shared L2 cache instead of 2MB. Considering Newegg sells the E2140 for $86.99 and the E2160 for $95.99, that little downside should be easy to forget for buyers on a budget. From what we've seen on other sites, the cache doesn't seem to hurt performance very much at all, either.
If you feel like overclocking, simply bumping the front-side bus speed on your motherboard from 200MHz to 266MHz—the standard FSB speed for most Core 2 Duos—should push the 1.6GHz Pentium E2140 to 2.13GHz and the 1.8GHz Pentium E2160 to 2.4GHz. Of course, you can push the FSB higher and try your luck with faster overclocks, as well.
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