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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Review

ajmatson    -   March 2, 2008
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Specifications:

Family
Wolfdale
Number of cores
2
CPU Speed
3.16GHz
Bus Speed
1333MHz
Bus/Core Ratio
9.5
L2 Cache size
6MB
L2 Cache Speed
3.16GHz
Package Type
LGA 775
Manufacturing Technology
45nm
Core Stepping
C0
CPUID String
10676h
Thermal Design Power
65w
Thermal Specification
72.4C
Core Voltage
0.85V – 1.3625V
Transistor count
400+ million

 

 

 

Features:

  • Dual-Core Processing
    Two independent processor cores in one physical package run at the same frequency, and share up to 6 MB of L2 cache as well as up to a 1333 MHz Front Side Bus, for truly parallel computing.

  • Intel® Wide Dynamic
    Improves execution speed and efficiency, delivering more instructions per clock cycle. Each core can Execution complete up to four full instructions simultaneously.

  • Intel® Smart Memory Access
    Optimizes the use of the data bandwidth from the memory subsystem to accelerate out-of-order execution. A newly designed prediction mechanism reduces the time in-flight instructions have to wait for data. New pre-fetch algorithms move data from system memory into fast L2 cache in advance of execution. These functions keep the pipeline full, improving instruction throughput and performance. 45nm versions further improve this feature, with more efficient methods of loading and storing data in main memory.

  • Intel® Advanced Smart Cache
    The shared L2 cache is dynamically allocated to each processor core based on workload. This efficient, dual-core optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from fast L2 cache, significantly reducing latency to frequently used data and improving performance.

  • Intel® Advanced Digital
    Accelerates the execution of Streaming SIMD Extension (SSE) instructions to significantly improve the performance on a broad range of applications, including video, audio, and image processing, and multimedia, encryption, financial, engineering, and scientific applications. The 128-bit SSE instructions are now issued at a throughput rate of one per clock cycle effectively doubling their speed of execution on a per clock basis over previous generation processors. 45nm versions include a new Super Shuffle Engine, which improves existing SSE instructions while enabling significant gains  on the latest SSE4 instruction set. SSE4-optimized applications, such as video editing and encoding in high-definition resolution, will see additional performance improvements.

  • Intel® Virtualization
    Intel® VT allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. For businesses, Intel VT Technology (Intel® VT) offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining worker productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.

  • Intel® Trusted Execution
    Intel® TXT provides hardware-based mechanisms to help protect against software-based attacks and Technology (Intel® TXT) help protect the confidentiality and integrity of data stored or created on the system. It does this by enabling a trusted environment where applications can run within their own space, protected from all other software on the system.

  • Intel® 64 Architecture
    Enables the processor to access larger amounts of memory. With appropriate 64-bit supporting hardware and software, platforms based on an Intel processor supporting Intel 64 architecture can allow the use of extended virtual and physical memory.

  • Execute Disable Bit
    Provides enhanced virus protection when deployed with a supported operating system. The Execute Disable Bit allows memory to be marked as executable or non-executable, allowing the processor to raise an error to the operating system if malicious code attempts to run in non-executable memory, thereby preventing the code from infecting the system.

  • Intel Designed Thermal
    Includes a 4-pin connector for fan speed control to help minimize the acoustic noise levels generated Solution for Boxed from running the fan at higher speeds for thermal performance. Fan speed control technology is based Processors on actual CPU temperature and power usage.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, Winrar
  5. Testing: Specview10, PcMark Vantage
  6. Testing: Sandra XII
  7. Testing: Sciencemark,HDTune,Cinebench
  8. Testing: Crysis
  9. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  10. Testing: BioShock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  12. Testing: World in Conflict
  13. Testing: Call of Jaurez
  14. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  16. Conclusion
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