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With 23 processors in this comparison, this is becoming quite a useful comparison. We can already see where processor clock speed was more important than the number of cores, and vice versa. We can also see where the processor itself didn't really matter much at all. We also saw the effect that the new 45nm Core 2 processors' larger L2 cache and higher FSB speed had on performance.

The results of the E7200 with its smaller 3MB L2 cache also showed us that the 45nm Core 2 processors are fundamentally faster than their 65nm predecessors. The E7200 was faster than the E6750 in two of the benchmarks, even though it has a smaller L2 cache and lower core and FSB speeds. For more details on this processor, be sure to read our review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor.

Ultimately, your choice of an Intel Core 2 processor should not depend on how deep your pockets are. Granted, Intel would love it if you spring for their high-end models (or even the new, ultra-fast Core i7 processor!) but that will not always translate into better performance. You should always choose your processor according to your usage pattern (e.g. gaming, 3D rendering, media encoding).

We will continue to improve on the comparison by adding more processors. However, further development of this guide depends greatly on our resources which are limited to begin with. If you have a Core 2 processor you no longer use, you can help us by loaning or donating it to us for our tests. And if you find the guide useful, tell your friends!


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Date Revision Revision History
20-01-2008 1.0

Initial release.

27-01-2008 1.1

Replaced the Crysis GPU test with the Super PI Mod test.
Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E6550/E6540 and E6420 dual-core processors.

03-02-2008 1.2

Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 and E6750 dual-core processors.

09-02-2008 1.3

Added the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and QX6800 quad-core processors.

17-02-2008 2.0

Changed the design of the charts for Supreme Commander, Crysis, CINEBENCH and x264 Benchmark.
Added the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core processor.

23-02-2008 2.1

Added the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 and Q9450 quad-core processors.

01-03-2008 2.2

Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and E8400 dual-core processors.

17-03-2008 2.3

Added the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 quad-core processor.
Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E8300 dual-core processor.

05-04-2008 2.4

Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 and E8190 dual-core processors.

09-07-2008 2.5

Added the Intel Celeron Dual-Core E1200 processor.

25-07-2008 2.6

Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor.
Corrected mistakes in the specifications table.

30-11-2008 2.7

Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor.


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The Performance Comparison

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Game Settings


Supreme Commander

Crysis CPU Test 2 (Ice)

3D Rendering


Media Encoding

x264 Benchmark

Math Calculations

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