Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Vs Core i3-2100 comparison
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Table : Core 2 Duo E8500 Vs Core i3-2100 Feature Differences
|Feature||Core 2 Duo E8500||Core i3-2100|
|Core Frequency||3.16 GHz||3.10 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
|Cache Organization||6 MB||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||65 Watts||65 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Lithography||45 nm||32 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||No memory controller, FSB 1333||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||No Integrated Graphics||Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Table : Core 2 Duo E8500 Vs Core i3-2100 Benchmarking Comparison
|Benchmarks||Core 2 Duo E8500||Core i3-2100|
|Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)||Not available||Not available|
|3D Mark 06 CPU||Not available||Not available|
|Windows 7 Experience Score||Not available||Not available|
Some more details of Core 2 Duo E8500
The Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8500 is rather expensive ( priced at $183 according to Intel) for the performance it provides. Based on older architecture, it does not has Integrated memory controller, which slows dows the processor to memory speed. Fortunately, larger 6 MB cache makes up for most of the long memory latency. The more recent 2nd generation Core ix Sandy Bridge processor has almost made the processor irrelevant for new purchases. You will easily find many sub $100 Athlon ii and Phenom ii quad core processors beating this chap in benchmarks.
Intel seems to be justifying the price for the higher Cache memory, which, unfortunately, does not boost the performance, not at least as much as was possibly expected.
Some more details of Core i3-2100
The Core i3-2100 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor imroving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2100 ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit.