View Full Version : E6300 or E6400?

11-27-06, 04:00 PM
Getting stuff for my next build. Should I just go with an E6300, or the E6400? There's a $40 price difference @ newegg right now ($180 vs $220). I could probably use that $40 to get myself a nice heatsink to go along with the E6300. Either way, I plan on overclocking the crap out of whatever I decide on. So E6300+heatsink, or E6400? :confused:

11-27-06, 06:16 PM
i would get the E6400.

11-27-06, 06:22 PM
Well if you plan on putting the extra 40 bucks towards a nice heatsink and o/c'ing then go with the e6300. Malificar on here overclocked his e6300 pretty damn good with a decent cooler.

11-27-06, 07:31 PM
You also need some decent memory if you plan to overclock it. The 6400 has a higher multiplier so if you have some cheap ram you'll manage higher speeds then with the 6300.
I got myself a 6400 just because of this.

11-28-06, 03:36 AM
Out of them two I would go with the E6400 simply because of the higher multipler.

11-29-06, 09:03 AM
If you're on air you'll probably land around 3.4-3.6GHz Orthos blend stable with most C2D when using a decent aftermarket air cooler. You can get higher clocks and in my experience in most cases the voltage needed to get out of 3.6 and into 3.7+ is not worth it. Your load temps will likely greatly increase and go into undesirable levels IMO. You may be able to bench @ speeds of 3.7+ on air and I doubt it will be Orthos blend stable for 8+ hours. All of that could change with later revisions of C2D. Again, this is from the perspective of using aftermarket air cooling. If you use a tech station set up, or basically a "caseless" rig you could probably do slightly more stable.

If you have a mobo like a P5B-E or Deluxe you should be able to do 500 x 7 with very little trouble provided you don't buy junk ram. Most decent PC 6400 ram will do DDR 1000 with increased voltage. My ram is actually capable of DDR 1150 on 965 and it takes 2.45v to do it. Most ram needs 2.25-2.35v when going for high speeds. 2.25v is good for average timings and high speed. 2.35v is good for high speed and tighter timings. 2.45v and up is good when gunning for DDR 1100+.

I think both the E6300 and E6400 are great buys. Even a beginning overclocker should score 3.2GHz on auto voltage and stock settings. I'd recommed getting a decent aftermarket cooler. Some are; Scythe- Ninja Plus, Mine and Infinity, Tuniq Tower 120, Zalman 9500 and 9700. That list is not exhaustive. You may poke around here for OC advice:


One great P5B thread:


BTW overclock at your own risk. If you overvolt something and kill it, it's on you. I am willing to assume the risk so I OC.

11-29-06, 09:07 AM
Core 2 processors are not all that dependent on Ram speed like the Athlon. I am getting a E6300 hoping to get 500x7 on a NF680i board. w/ PC8500 never had much luck overclocking system memory.

11-29-06, 03:58 PM
e6400 for the multiplier, worth the 40$

11-29-06, 10:36 PM
e6400 for the multiplier, worth the 40$

Diito on that !