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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8500

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Intel Core2 Duo E8500

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher clock speed 3.16 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 2,291 vs 544 Around 4.2x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,318 vs 653 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,970 vs 824 More than 3.5x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 3400+

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AMD Athlon 64 3400+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon 64 3400+ vs the Intel Core2 Duo E8500.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8500 vs Athlon 64 3400+

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8500  vs
Athlon 64 3400+ 
Clock speed 3.16 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
939

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3

details

Core2 Duo E8500  vs
Athlon 64 3400+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A
Intel Core2 Duo E8500
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