AMD Athlon II X3 425 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

AMD Athlon II X3 425
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

General info

Comparing Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
25.63
 
17.09
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Achitecture codename
Rana
 
Wolfdale
Release date
on October 2009
 
on August 2008
Launch price (MSRP)
$42
 
n/d
Price now
$27
 
$40

Technical specs

Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
3
 
2
Number of threads
3
 
2
Maximum frequency
2.7 GHz
 
3.166 GHz
L1 cache
128 KB (per core)
 
64 KB
L2 cache
512 KB (per core)
 
6 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
169 mm2
 
107 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
n/d
 
72 °C
Transistor count
300 million
 
410 million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
AM3
 
775
Power consumption (TDP)
95 Watt
 
65 Watt

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500.
Supported memory types
DDR3
 
DDR1, DDR2, DDR3

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Athlon II X3 425 4.89 +1.2%
2 Duo E8500 4.83

Passmark

Athlon II X3 425 2314 +1.2%
2 Duo E8500 2287

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Athlon II X3 425 and Core 2 Duo E8500 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of AMD Athlon II X3 425

1.2% faster in synthetic tests
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)

Advantages of Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Less power hungry (65 vs 95 watts)
SSE4
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

So, Athlon II X3 425 or Core 2 Duo E8500?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Athlon II X3 425 and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500. The differences in performance seem too small.
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