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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium E5500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium E5500

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.91 GHz vs 3.01 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74.1 °C vs 71 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.14 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Apr, 2010 vs Oct, 2008 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8850

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AMD Phenom X3 8850

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More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium E5500 vs Phenom X3 8850

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium E5500  vs
Phenom X3 8850 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM2+

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 1.78 pt/W 2.23 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W

bus

Clock speed 800 MHz 1,800 MHz

details

Pentium E5500  vs
Phenom X3 8850 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 3
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.36V 1.05 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74.1°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.91 GHz 3.01 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.14 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.91 GHz 3.01 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
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