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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Review

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3DMark06 is one of the benchmarks that always comes up when a bragging contest is begun. 3DMark06 presents a severe test for many of today's hardware components. Let's see how this setup fares. The settings we will use are listed below.



  • SM2.0 Graphics Tests: GT1- Return to Proxycon, GT2- Firefly Forest
  • CPU Tests: Cpu1- Red Valley, CPU2- Red Valley
  • HDR/SM3.0 Graphics Tests: HDR1- Canyon Flight, HDR2- Deep Freeze








3Dmark06 performance is commonly used as a point of reference when talking about gaming performance. The CPU score contributes heavily to the scoring in this benchmark. The E8500 with its 3.16GHz clock speed pulls out the win at all three resolutions. For the complete gaming benchmarks the E8500 only took 11 of the 27 scores, but came really close in the others. While not as fast as the Quad Cores, it was a strong contender.

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