Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs AMD Athlon II X3 420e

General info

Comparing Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
6.12
 
6.65
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Architecture codename
Wolfdale
 
Rana
Release date
January 2008
 
21 September 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$116
Price now
$193
 
$116

Technical specs

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
2
 
3
Number of threads
2
 
3
Base frequency
no data
 
2.6 GHz
Maximum frequency
3.16 GHz
 
3.16 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB
 
128 KB (per core)
L2 cache
6 MB (shared)
 
512 KB (per core)
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
107 mm2
 
169 mm2
Maximum core temperature
72 °C
 
no data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
no data
Transistor count
410 million
 
300 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.85V-1.3625V
 
no data

Compatibility

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
1
 
1
Socket
LGA775
 
AM3
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
45 Watt

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)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
-
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
-
 
no data
Idle States
+
 
no data
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Demand Based Switching
-
 
no data
FSB parity
-
 
no data

Security technologies

Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Athlon II X3 420e are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data

Memory specs

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
 
DDR3 Dual-channel

Benchmark performance

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

Passmark

2 Duo E8500 2287 +53.1%
Athlon II X3 420e 1494

Gaming performance

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.
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