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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E7500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E7500

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,877 vs 626 Around 3x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,204 vs 634 Around 90% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.85 GHz vs 3.11 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.06 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II 170u

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Much lower typical power consumption 16.25W vs 52.81W 3.2x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 80 °C vs 74.1 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.82 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 3.2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 17.52 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 3.3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E7500 vs Athlon II 170u

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 E7500
124,700 MB/s
Athlon II 170u
78,400 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E7500  vs
Athlon II 170u 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 1,800 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E7500  vs
Athlon II 170u 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 74.1°C Unknown - 80°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.85 GHz 3.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.06 GHz 2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.85 GHz 3.11 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 20W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 4.82 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 17.52 $/year
Performance per watt 1.9 pt/W 3.3 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 16.25W
Intel Core2 Duo E7500
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