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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8290

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8290

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 2.83 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 75% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 3x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,248 vs 638 More than 95% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.83 GHz vs 1.85 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.83 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A8 3520M

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AMD A8 3520M

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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
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better performance per watt 3.09 pt/W vs 1.82 pt/W More than 70% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8290 vs A8 3520M

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8290  vs
A8 3520M 
Clock speed 2.83 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core2 Duo E8290  vs
A8 3520M 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.83 GHz 1.85 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.83 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.83 GHz 1.85 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 35W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.82 pt/W 3.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 28.44W
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