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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8600

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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 4.46 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Front view of AMD Athlon X4 750k

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AMD Athlon X4 750k

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 8.84 pt/W vs 1.1 pt/W Around 8x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 81.25W vs 120.65W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 24.09 $/year vs 47.3 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 87.6 $/year vs 113.62 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.01 GHz vs 4.6 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8600 vs Athlon X4 750k

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 X4 750k
2,240,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Athlon X4 750k 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 100W
Annual home energy cost 47.3 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.62 $/year 87.6 $/year
Performance per watt 1.1 pt/W 8.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 120.65W 81.25W

details

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Athlon X4 750k 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 410,000,000 1,303,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 0.82 - 1.48V

overclocking

Overclock popularity 9 0
Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 4.46 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 5.01 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 4.46 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 E8600
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