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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6850

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E6850

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2 GHz 50% higher clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,135 vs 672 Around 70% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 1.91 pt/W vs 1.06 pt/W More than 80% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.89 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 95% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72 °C vs 70 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9350e

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AMD Phenom X4 9350e

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Newer Jul, 2008 vs Jul, 2007 Release date a year later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6850 vs Phenom X4 9350e

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Duo E6850
127,600 MB/s
Phenom X4 9350e
76.5 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6850  vs
Phenom X4 9350e 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM2+
Is unlocked Yes No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.91 pt/W 1.06 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core2 Duo E6850  vs
Phenom X4 9350e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.94 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.89 GHz 2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 GHz 2.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 1,800 MHz
Intel Core2 Duo E6850
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