Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs AMD Phenom X4 9600

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
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.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
17.09
 
n/d
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Achitecture codename
Wolfdale
 
Agena
Release date
on August 2008
 
on November 2007
Price now
$40
 
n/d

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
2
 
4
Number of threads
2
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.166 GHz
 
2.3 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB
 
128 KB (per core)
L2 cache
6 MB (shared)
 
512 KB (per core)
L3 cache
n/d
 
2 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
45 nm
 
65 nm
Die size
107 mm2
 
285 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
410 million
 
450 million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

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
1
 
1
Socket
775
 
AM2+
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
95 Watt

Virtualization technologies

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

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom X4 9600.
Supported memory types
DDR1, DDR2, DDR3
 
n/d

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 4.83
Phenom X4 9600 4.86 +0.6%

Passmark

2 Duo E8500 2287
Phenom X4 9600 2303 +0.7%

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

Finer manufacturing process technology (45 vs 65 nm)
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)

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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