Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs AMD Phenom X4 9600
Comparing Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
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
128 KB (per core)
6 MB (shared)
512 KB (per core)
2 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
64 bit support
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)
Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600 are enumerated here.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600.
Supported memory types
DDR1, DDR2, DDR3
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 4.83
Phenom X4 9600 4.86 +0.6%
2 Duo E8500 2287
Phenom X4 9600 2303 +0.7%
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
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)
Advantages of AMD Phenom X4 9600
0.6% 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)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
So, Core 2 Duo E8500 or Phenom X4 9600?
Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and AMD Phenom X4 9600. The differences in performance seem too small.
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