Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs AMD Phenom X4 9600

General info

Comparing Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
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Release date
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November 2007
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Technical specs

Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 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 Phenom X4 9600 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
Number of threads
Maximum frequency
3.16 GHz
2.3 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB
128 KB (per core)
L2 cache
6 MB (shared)
512 KB (per core)
L3 cache
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2 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
65 nm
Die size
107 mm2
285 mm2
Maximum core temperature
72 °C
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Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
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Transistor count
410 million
450 million
64 bit support
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Information on Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 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)
65 Watt
95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
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Turbo Boost
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Thermal Monitoring
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Security technologies

Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 are enumerated here.
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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600.
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

2 Duo E8500 2.86 +45.2%
Phenom X4 9600 1.97


2 Duo E8500 2287 +45.6%
Phenom X4 9600 1571

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 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

45.2% faster in synthetic tests
Higher maximum frequency (3166 vs 2300 MHz)
Finer manufacturing process technology (45 vs 65 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 95 watts)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Advantages of AMD Phenom X4 9600

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)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

So, Core 2 Duo E8500 or Phenom X4 9600?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Core 2 Duo E8500.
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