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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 1.5 MB 4x 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 0.5 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 113.2W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 39.59 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.46 GHz vs 3.86 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,318 vs 1,058 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.44 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better performance per watt 1.93 pt/W vs 1.07 pt/W More than 80% better performance per watt
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Much better performance per dollar 2.13 pt/$ vs 0.63 pt/$ Around 3.5x better performance per dollar
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,354 vs 3,230 Around 35% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Newer Sep, 2010 vs Jan, 2008 Release date over 2 years later
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8500 vs Athlon II X3 450

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Duo E8500
129,700 MB/s
Athlon II X3 450
128,950 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8500  vs
Athlon II X3 450 
Clock speed 3.16 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3
Super 7

features

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

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 39.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 113.44 $/year
Performance per watt 1.93 pt/W 1.07 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 113.2W

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 100 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E8500  vs
Athlon II X3 450 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 3
L2 cache 6 MB 1.5 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.85 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.4°C Unknown - 75°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 33 16
Overclocked clock speed 4.46 GHz 3.86 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.46 GHz 3.86 GHz

integrated graphics

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
Intel Core2 Duo E8500
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