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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E4200

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E4200

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II 160u

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AMD Athlon II 160u

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.08 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 95% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 1.8 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Core2 Duo E4200  vs Athlon II 160u 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core2 Duo E4200
1.6 GHz
Athlon II 160u
3.08 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E4200  vs
Athlon II 160u 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 800 MHz 1,800 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E4200  vs
Athlon II 160u 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.08 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.6 GHz 3.08 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 16.25W
Intel Core2 Duo E4200
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AMD Athlon II 160u
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