Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs AMD Athlon II X3 420e
Comparing Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
Number of threads
128 KB (per core)
6 MB (shared)
512 KB (per core)
Manufacturing process technology
Maximum core temperature
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
64 bit support
VID voltage range
Information on Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
Power consumption (TDP)
Technologies and extensions
Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
Demand Based Switching
Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e are enumerated here.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e.
Supported memory types
DDR1, DDR2, DDR3
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
2 Duo E8500 2.86 +52.9%
Athlon II X3 420e 1.87
2 Duo E8500 2287 +53.1%
Athlon II X3 420e 1494
Let's see how good Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Advantages of Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
52.9% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Advantages of AMD Athlon II X3 420e
Less power hungry (45 vs 65 watts)
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)
So, Core 2 Duo E8500 or Athlon II X3 420e?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Core 2 Duo E8500.
Should you still have questions on choice between Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.