Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Reviewajmatson - March 2, 2008
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A CPU for a computer is like the brain in your head. No matter what other ancillary parts you have running around it, without a good processor your computer is brain dead. With the number of CPUs being released getting faster and faster, which is the right one for you? All the current rage in high performance computing is the use of Quad core CPUs. So where does that leave the dual core variety? The mid range market? The basic business workstation? The Core 2 Duo platform is still really strong and will give you the power you need without breaking the bank to get it.
One of the latest Core 2 Duo chips developed by Intel is the E8500. The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 is based on the LGA 775 pin configuration and features a 3.16GHz clock speed, 6MB L2 Cache, and a 1333MHz bus speed. The E8500 is manufactured using the 45nm manufacturing process for better performance and cooling. So how will the latest release from Intel fare in a heads up comparison? The performance and clock speed increases seen on the E8400 processors in the enthusiast sector are huge. Will the E8500 follow in those footprints or strike off on its own to write a new story?
The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 arrived packaged in a little black box from Intel. I was excited because it looked like a jewelry box and I could not wait to see the "diamond" that laid inside. The E8500 was packaged very well inside between two foam layers and a protective shield over the bottom.
The E8500 that I received was an engineering sample. The downfall with this is if this is an early produced chip, it might not offer the same performance that a final production retail chip might. Is that the case this time? We will have to let the scores speak for themselves. Just like the packaging, the E8500 is the only thing in the box and had the Model number written on the heat shield to identify it.