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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Review

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I am going to put the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 through a series of benchmarks and video tests to see how well it performs at stock and overclocked speeds. It will be matched against Intel's E6750 Core 2 Duo chip and I will also compare it to AMD's Phenom 9600 Black Box and Intel's Q6600 Quad Core to see how it stacks up to those popular chips. The E8500 will be tested at manufacturer's specifications for the stock baseline tests and then overclocked to get the highest attainable and stable speed. All other hardware will remain at setup defaults to eliminate any variables that might throw off the scores with the exception of the memory to aid in the overclocking of the E8500.


Testing Setup:


Comparison System:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
  • Sytem Memory: OCZ PE 910MHz 5-6-6-17

Overclocking this chip has been a pure pleasure. When paired with the X38 chipset, the potential could be far out there with the correct cooling setup. I started at 400 x 9 and 1.35v and the system booted so flawlessly that I knew that it was thirsty for more. So I jumped the multiplier to 9.5 and kept raising the FSB by 15MHz while keeping the voltage the same until it would not boot. Then I upped the voltage and started again. In the end I was able to push the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 chip to 4.322GHz before the temps got high enough to make me not want to take the chance. I ended up with the E8500 at 455FSB x 9.5 multiplier for the speed I obtained with a voltage increase to 1.45v. At 4.322GHz I was able to complete SuperPI, Orthos Prime and all of the benchmarks with no problems at all.




  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.54
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Jaurez
  7. 3DMark 06 Professional

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