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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E4200

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E4200

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Significantly 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
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

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Intel Core i5 3210M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 80% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Core2 Duo E4200  vs Core i5 3210M 

clock speed

Core2 Duo E4200
1.6 GHz
Core i5 3210M
2.5 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core2 Duo E4200
1.6 GHz
Core i5 3210M
2.9 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core2 Duo E4200
1.6 GHz
Core i5 3210M
2.5 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E4200  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core2 Duo E4200  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.6 GHz 2.9 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 28.44W
Intel Core2 Duo E4200
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Intel Core i5 3210M
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