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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8600

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 4.33 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 280

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AMD Athlon II X2 280

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 120.65W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 2.14 pt/W vs 1.1 pt/W Around 95% better performance per watt
Higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 47.3 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.62 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 4 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8600 vs Athlon II X2 280

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 E8600
136,900 MB/s
Athlon II X2 280
144,650 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Athlon II X2 280 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

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

details

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Athlon II X2 280 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 4.33 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 47.3 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.62 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.1 pt/W 2.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 120.65W 52.81W
Intel Core2 Duo E8600
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