Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale CPU

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Test System Details
Specifications and Revisions

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz Dual-Core, 45nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz Dual-Core, 45nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8650 (3.0 GHz Dual-Core, 65nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm)
  • Intel Core 2 Exteme QX6750 (3.0 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm)
  • AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition (2.3 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm) (TLB Patch ENABLED)
  • AMD Phenom 9500 (2.2 GHz Quad-Core, 65nm) (TLB Patch ENABLED)
  • eVGA Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard (For Intel Testing)
  • MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard (For AMD Testing)
  • Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 Memory (4 x 1 GB, CAS 4-4-4-12)
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB (169.74 Driver)
  • Western Digital Raptor 74 GB Hard Drive)
  • Plextor PX-755SA DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Corsair HX620W 620W Power Supply
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (32-bit, SP1)

Synthetic CPU and Memory Benchmarks
SiSoft Sandra 2008 SP1

Our first round of synthetic benchmarks performed largely as expected.  The new “Wolfdale” dual-core chips outperform Intel’s prior generation of dual-cores in synthetic CPU tests, no doubt thanks to the additional cache which these new chips have.   Intel’s quad-core chips showcase better raw CPU performance, but that’s to be expected given they have double the amount of cores.   When overclocked, the Core 2 Duo E8500 puts up some staggeringly good numbers in comparison to Intel’s own quad-cores.

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