CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E8500 vs 720 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

3.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Duo E8500 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8500

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.16 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.46 GHz vs 3.61 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz vs 3.86 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II X3 720

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X3 720

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More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Newer Feb, 2009 vs Jan, 2008 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8500 vs Phenom II X3 720

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
Phenom II X3 720
119,600 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
Phenom II X3 720 
Clock speed 3.16 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3

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 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.93 pt/W 1.38 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E8500  vs
Phenom II X3 720 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 3
L2 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.4°C Unknown - 73°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 33 56
Overclocked clock speed 4.46 GHz 3.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.42 GHz 3.86 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.46 GHz 3.61 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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