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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8235

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8235

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i3 540

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Intel Core i3 540

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.06 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,078 vs 2,832 Around 45% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,947 vs 1,564 Around 25% better geekbench 3 single core score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.07 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8235 vs Core i3 540

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 E8235
114,500 MB/s
Core i3 540
123,300 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8235  vs
Core i3 540 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
P
LGA 1156

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3

details

Core2 Duo E8235  vs
Core i3 540 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.8 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 3.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.8 GHz 4.47 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 94.67W
Intel Core2 Duo E8235
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