CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E8400 vs 260

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit), GeekBench (64-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core), Passmark (Single Core) and x264 HD 4.0 (Pass 2)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

overclock popularity

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Winner
Intel Core2 Duo E8400 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Duo E8400  based on its single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8400

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8400

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 2 MB 3x 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 1 MB/core 3x more l2 cache per core
Much better performance per dollar 20.83 pt/$ vs 3.26 pt/$ Around 6.5x better performance per dollar
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,257 vs 1,075 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 260

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AMD Athlon II X2 260

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Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Marginally newer May, 2010 vs Jan, 2008 Release date over 2 years later
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 4,749 vs 3,114 Around 55% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Higher Maximum Operating Temperature 74 °C vs 72.4 °C Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8400 vs Athlon II X2 260

x264 HD 4.0

Core2 Duo E8400
33.59 fps
Athlon II X2 260
33.31 fps

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core2 Duo E8400 Athlon II X2 260 @ community.futuremark.com

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8400  vs
Athlon II X2 260 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3
Is hyperthreaded No No

features

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

gpu

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E8400  vs
Athlon II X2 260 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nms 45 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.83 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.4°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 125 13

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 5.77 pt/W 4.89 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
Intel Core2 Duo E8400
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