“The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 that we specifically looked at in this article did very well in the benchmarks and consistently beat the AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition quad-core processor. This goes to show how well the Wolfdale core has been developed and also how bad of a position AMD is in when it comes to processors. When it came to overclocking, the 45nm Wolfdale processors do great and hitting 500MHz FSB is easily possible, which means 2GHz DDR3 memory kits can be finally released and companies like Corsair Memory have already launched such products…”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale CPU @ HotHardware
- AMD Phenom 9600 Black Box Edition Review @ OCC
- Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core Processor @ TechARP
Source: Legit Reviews
Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8500 is retailing for about $495, which gets you a 3.16GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz (333×4) FSB 45nm process chip that overclocks like an old Celeron. Legit Reviews hit 4.73GHz by dropping the multiplier to 9 and cranking up the bus speed to 526MHz. Before they overclocked the chip, it’s power consumption was noticeably lower than previous models, though pumping the CPU to 1.585V probably changed that a bit.