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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8400

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8400

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,251 vs 758 More than 65% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.23 GHz vs 2.54 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.4 °C vs 70.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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AMD A6 3600

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Newer Aug, 2011 vs Jan, 2008 Release date over 3 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8400 vs A6 3600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
3,717

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
1,153

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Duo E8400
128,000 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
4,058

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3600
5,937

GeekBench

A6 3600
5,942

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A6 3600
2,712

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8400  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
AMD-V
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 1.83 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core2 Duo E8400  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
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
Transistor count 410,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.4°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.22 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.23 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.22 GHz 4.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 443 MHz
Intel Core2 Duo E8400
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