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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E8600

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x 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 0.25 MB/core 12x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 3.67 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 3.33 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.4 °C vs 67.4 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 4.09 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i5 3470

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 22 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 4.41 pt/W vs 1.1 pt/W Around 4x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 86.05W vs 120.65W Around 30% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.22 $/year vs 47.3 $/year Around 35% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 84.62 $/year vs 113.62 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 3 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E8600 vs Core i5 3470

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
Core i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Core i5 3470 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 77W
Annual home energy cost 47.3 $/year 31.22 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.62 $/year 84.62 $/year
Performance per watt 1.1 pt/W 4.41 pt/W
Idle power consumption 93.5W 54.4W
Peak power consumption 129.7W 96.6W
Typical power consumption 120.65W 86.05W

details

Core2 Duo E8600  vs
Core i5 3470 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 6 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 410,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 10 32
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V Unknown - 1.13V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.4°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 9 22
Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 4.09 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 3.67 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
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