We noticed a little while ago the release of a cheaper Pentium D at approximately 150€, the 805: Intel is apparently trying to sell out SmithField stocks. This processor differs from the other Pentium D by the frequency and FSB, 2.67 GHz and 533 MHz-FSB.
What is the impact on performances? Here are for your information performances measures with our usual processors tests suite along with similarly priced CPUs (3200+ / 520) and a Pentium D 820. Except for Far Cry and Pacific Fighter, times reported are in second so the smaller, the better:
In multithreaded application such as 3D rendering or video encoding, the Pentium D 805 doesn't have any opponents in this price category. In single thread application, however, performances are logically lower than to the Pentium 4 520 and far from the Athlon 64 3200+: you won't be able to play comfortably with this CPU. Performances in games are very low, at the same level as a Celeron D 355.
The basic frequency of this entry level dual core CPU can be interesting for those who have a low budget and need power in application using both cores. Overclocking is also possible because our test product reached 3.6 GHz in 20x180.