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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Review

ajmatson    -   March 2, 2008
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Conclusion:

Where can I begin about the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500? This processor is absolutely amazing. At stock speeds it blasts on the other Dual Core chips and puts up a noble fight with the Quad Core Q6600. Overclocked, this thing is a beast. I mean just look at the scores, it smokes the competition without even acknowledging that they were there. On the overclocking this has to be by far the easiest chip to overclock especially when paired up with Intel's X38 chipset. All of the tests were on a stock Intel heatsink and never got above 70 degrees Celsius, so with a high performance cooler or water cooling you have great overclocking potential still left with the E8500.

Is it as good as a Quad Core? Close, but not quite close enough, but for those that are not wanting to spend the money to jump into the Quad Core field, then the E8500 is for you. It gives you the best Dual Core performance for not a lot of money. This is a great processor for anyone from a hardcore gamer to a business professional needing the power for those multi-tasking programs. And if you are an overclocking enthusiast like myself, you will not be disappointed with the headroom that the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 provides.

 

 

Pros:

  • Overclocking ability
  • Stock performance is outstanding
  • Half multiplier for fine tuning on the overclocking
  • 6MB of L2 Cache
  • 45nm Manufacturing Process

 

Cons:

  • None
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