CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of P8600 vs 3210M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3210M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3210M  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo P8600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo P8600

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 28.44W Around 30% lower typical power consumption
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 8.43 $/year Around 30% lower annual home energy cost
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Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jul, 2008 Release date over 3 years later
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,949 vs 2,197 More than 2.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better performance per dollar 9.52 pt/$ vs 1.89 pt/$ More than 5x better performance per dollar
Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,553 vs 2,155 Around 65% better 3DMark06 CPU score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better PassMark score 3,823 vs 1,557 Around 2.5x better PassMark score
Slightly higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,524 vs 945 More than 60% better PassMark (Single core) score
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo P8600 vs Core i5 3210M

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 P8600
97,400 MB/s
Core i5 3210M
2,090,000 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 P8600  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
478
479
P
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 25W 35W
Annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 4.54 pt/W 13.33 pt/W
Typical power consumption 20.31W 28.44W

details

Core2 Duo P8600  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 410,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 25

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.78 GHz 2.89 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.78 GHz 2.89 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A HD 4000
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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