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Applications 8.6
Gaming 9.0
Multimedia 8.6
Value 8.8
Distributor: Intel
Reviewer:
Sam Jordan

8.8


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Intel's new Duo processor arrives to offer computer users another revolutionary experience through increased performance and reduced power consumption with this 45nm processor. The processor runs at 3.16Ghz, supports a bus speed of 1333Mhz, an L2 Cache Size of 6MB, an L2 Cache Speed of 3.16GHz and 65W thermal design power. The processor is also a true 64-bit processor, ensuring that the latest applications will run flawless on this processor, including mid to high-range games.

Features

  • Dual Core

  • Enhanced Intel Speedstep® Technology

  • Intel® EM64T 1

  • Intel® Virtualization Technology

  • Enhanced Halt State (C1E)

  • Execute Disable Bit 2

  • Intel® Thermal Monitor 2

We tested the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 with PCMark05, one of the world's best benchmarking programs which gives you a true indication of real-world applications. This tested a variety of points from multi-tasking, CPU performance, memory performance and a plethora of other aspects.

PCMark05 - System

Intel QX9770 (8623)
Intel QX9650 (8434)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (8321)

PCMark05 - CPU

Intel QX9770 (9823)
Intel QX9650 (9623)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (8101)

PCMark05 - Memory

Intel QX9770 (6734)
Intel QX9650 (6593)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (6690)

Although not as powerful as the QX series of processors from Intel, the E8500 still performaned exceptionally well given the new architecture and cost associated to the CPU.

Next we tested the CPU with 3DMark06, another leading benchmark utility that is aimed at the graphical capabilities of the system and gives us a focus point to how well it will play with games.

3DMark06 - CPU

Intel QX9770 (5012)
Intel QX9650 (4823)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (2910)

The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 was a little disappointing in this test, especially for gamers who may be curious to see what this CPU will be like with games, however this more likely a limitation of the software so we decided to test the CPU with Quake 4, a classic first person shooter.

Quake 4

Intel QX9770 (118)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (114)
Intel QX9650 (103)

As you can see from the results, the E8500 actually performed quite well with Quake 4 which is great news for gamers who enjoy first person shooters. Other games tested were Crysis and Conflict: Denied Ops with the processor performing quite well. Next was a more modern game called Company of Heroes.

Company of Heroes is quite a graphically intensive game with a multitude of processes going on all at once so it was interesting to see how the E8500 would perform in this category due to the power behind the game.

Company of Heroes

Intel QX9770 (510)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (485)
Intel QX9650 (410)

Another victory for the E8500 against the QX9650 and it was just behind the more powerful QX9770 which shows that this new architecture will keep up with games of today.

In conclusion, Intel new 45nm processors has quite a potential which may yet again revolutionize the market with its increased performance and best of all reduced power consumption. The best part of the processor for gamers anyway is the performance of the CPU with the only downside we can see is that it is only dual-core and not quad core.

It's a very difficult to decision to make between Quad and Dual which will only be reflected in the market for a short time as Quads and Eight-cores will eventually be the future. For the price, it's definitely a great deal for the interim.






 
 



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