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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review - PCSTATS
The 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 CPU is a dual-core chip based on the 45nm 'Wolfdale' core that falls into the upper end of family, supplanted only by the relatively expensive Core 2 Duo E8600.
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Conclusions - E8500 CPU Worth the Trade Up?

The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, with its 3.16GHz clock speed, 1333MHz FSB speed and 6MB of L2 cache, remains a force to be reckoned with. In real-world office applications the E8500 was generally a little faster than the Phenom II X4 955 and a little slower than the Core i7 920. All processors are absolutely fast enough for average desktop applications likely to be encountered in the office or at home. The same holds true during gaming, where the majority of titles are more suited to high-frequency dual-core processors rather than parallel quad-core processors.

In the case of the Intel Core 2 duo E8400 vs. the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, the result is as expected, an incremental step forward in terms of performance.

This is one of those situations where there's really only one variable that changes, the overall multiplier/clockspeed of the processor.

So all that's left is the E8500's 3.16GHz clockspeed versus the E8400's 3.0GHz clock speed. In Sysmark, perhaps the most accurate benchmark of real-world applications, that extra speed put the E8500 at the top of the overall rankings. The E8500 comes in ahead of quad-core processors like the Core i7 920 and the Phenom II X4 955.

Of course, spending $230 CDN ($200 USD, £130 GBP), on a dual-core processor is pushing things dangerously close to the price of quad-core processors. For those who are looking at content creation applications in the fields of 3D rendering and video encoding, that extra money would be better spent on more cores instead of faster ones.

The other group that will find this an easy decision are the overclockers. The best overclocking is generally accomplished on processors with the highest multipliers, so the Core 2 Duo E8500's 9.5x multiplier makes for some very good overclocking indeed. Moving from 3.16GHz up to 4.24GHz makes the Core 2 Duo E8500 an unrivaled competitor.

Like the Core 2 Duo E8400, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor is handicapped against triple and quad-core processors in tests that are multi-threaded. In standard desktop applications that people use everyday, like Word or email, surfing the web or doing spreadsheets, the Core 2 Duo E8500 is more than powerful. The real question you'll have to ask yourself is whether the marginal added cost is worth shaving off a few seconds of processing time. In most cases the increase in price is greater than the increase in performance, which makes it difficult to give the Core 2 Duo E8500 a full recommendation when its sibling, the E8400, is so readily available.

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Contents of Article: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
 Pg 1.  Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review
 Pg 2.  CPU Power Consumption Tests
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the Core 2 Duo E8500
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Processor / Memory
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5, POV-Ray 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 10.  — Conclusions - E8500 CPU Worth the Trade Up?

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