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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q8300

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q8300

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 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
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.32 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88

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AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88

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Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 77.19W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 71.4 °C More than 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q8300  vs Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88 

clock speed

overclocked clock speed (air)

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q8300  vs
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 1,333 MHz 400 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q8300  vs
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.4°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.32 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.32 GHz 2.5 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 35W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 30.66 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 28.44W
Intel Core2 Quad Q8300
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AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-88
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