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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8290

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8290

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 159.66W 3x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 56.1 $/year 3.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 159.62 $/year 2.8x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD FX 8350

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AMD FX 8350

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Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 2.83 GHz More than 40% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.69 GHz vs 2.83 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 8 vs 2 6 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz vs 2.83 GHz More than 3x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8290 vs FX 8350

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

FX 8350
9,134

PassMark (Single Core)

FX 8350
1,525

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8290  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 2.83 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Dual core Octa core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3+

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 2,600 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E8290  vs
FX 8350 
Threads 2 8
L2 cache 6 MB 8 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 4.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.83 GHz 8.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.83 GHz 4.69 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 125W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 1.82 pt/W 5.72 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 159.66W
Intel Core2 Duo E8290
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