Intel Core 2 Duo SP9600: specs and benchmarks

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Core 2 Duo SP9600
Intel Core 2 Duo SP9600
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Year of release 2009
Performance 0.88


Intel started Core 2 Duo SP9600 sales 1 March 2009 at a recommended price of $316. This is a Penryn architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 2 threads, and is based on 45 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2530 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is BGA956 processor with a TDP of 25 Watt.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 9654.

EPYC 9654EPYC9654

General info

Core 2 Duo SP9600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2382
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core 2 Duo
Architecture codenamePenryn (2008−2011)
Release date1 March 2009 (14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$316of 305 (Core i7-870)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Base clock speed2.53 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed2.53 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
Bus support1066 MHz
L1 cache128 KBof 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache6 MBof 36 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache6 MB L2 Cacheof 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography45 nmof 4 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
Die size107 mm2
Maximum core temperature105 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors410 Millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 5 7645HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-
VID voltage range1.05V-1.15V


Information on Core 2 Duo SP9600 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Power consumption (TDP)25 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core 2 Duo SP9600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology-
Hyper-Threading Technology-
Demand Based Switching-
FSB parity-

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.


Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core 2 Duo SP9600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Core 2 Duo SP9600 0.88

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

Core 2 Duo SP9600 2836

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Core 2 Duo SP9600 5309

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Core 2 Duo SP9600 2189

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core 2 Duo SP9600 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core 2 Duo SP9600 is Phenom II X3 N830, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 4 positions in our ranking.

Phenom II X3 N830Phenom IIX3 N830

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core 2 Duo SP9600:

AMD E2-3800 101.14
Intel Core 2 Duo SP9600 100
AMD A6-9220C 96.59
AMD E2-6110 96.59

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core 2 Duo SP9600, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core 2 Duo SP9600 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 54 configurations based on Core 2 Duo SP9600 in our database.

RX 580 Radeon RX 580
1.9% (1/54)
HD 7870 Radeon HD 7870
1.9% (1/54)
Quadro P600 Quadro P600
1.9% (1/54)
RX 560X Radeon RX 560X
1.9% (1/54)
R7 260X Radeon R7 260X
1.9% (1/54)
ATI HD 4870 Radeon HD 4870
1.9% (1/54)
GTS 450 GeForce GTS 450
1.9% (1/54)
HD 8770M Radeon HD 8770M
1.9% (1/54)
GT 730 GeForce GT 730
1.9% (1/54)

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