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"There is no question - the Core 2 Duo E8xxx and E7xxx based on the Wolfdale core is easily the best choice for those looking to build a new dual-core system."
"If youre a gamer, the Core 2 Duo E8500 will deliver better performance compared to a low-end quad-core. Games benefit from the large amount of L2 cache coupled with low latencies and high clock speeds. If youre looking for a workstation chip, we would likely opt for a low-end quad-core instead, as these chips can handle multi-tasking a bit better and can bring excellent performance if your application of choice is multithreaded. If youre an enthusiast looking for the best bang for your buck, its a very tough call. Intels new 45nm Core 2 Duo lineup is far more overclockable compared to 65nm Core 2 quad processors, and they seem to be much more flexible and can handle 4.0 GHz+ clock speeds with relative ease. Comparing a low-end quad-core system to a 4.0 GHz overclocked dual-core Wolfdale system, we could honestly feel a large speed difference in Vista for the better with Wolfdale. Make no mistake, you still can have a blazing fast Vista system with a dual-core.
The market appeal for such chips may be limited, especially considering Intels mainstream 45nm Core 2 Quad processors are hitting the market soon as well, but this chip is perfect for those who want a highly clocked system with plenty of cache, while still remaining very tolerable in terms of heat and noise. The Core 2 Duo E8500 is a great chip, and while its a bit pricey at this point, its completely worth it in our opinion."
"The Intel Core 2 Duo processor series got a nice boost in performance and enjoys lower power consumption numbers thanks to the move to a 45nm process and other improvements made to the core. The additional L2 cache and the higher clock frequencies make it hands down a better choice than Conroe when it comes to building a new system. The move from 65nm to 45nm seems to be ideal no matter how you look at it to be honest. 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. If you are looking for a great dual-core processor any of the Wolfdale processors are ideal and with prices starting at $163 on the Intel Core 2 Duo 8200 they are also affordable. The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor easily deserves the first Legit Reviews Editor's Choice award that we have given out for 2008."
"In the end, I believe this CPU recommended for high-end systems. For the best dual-core setup, you cannot find better than this processor, for the best price/performance dual-core setup, you should consider the E8400."
"The E8500 is the fastest Core 2 Duo solution on the market with the clock speed set at 3.16GHz, fully 266MHz higher than the next fastest E series CPU. For a MSRP on the Intel CPU price list of $266 this makes an affordable solution for those not wanting to spend $999 on an Intel CPU like the QX9770 thats upcoming. Dual Core CPUs like the E8500 are excellent choices for the everyday user. The E8500 also overclocks like a beast reaching 4.389 GHz, a nearly 40% overclock on normal air-cooling. Other people have reached over 4.5GHz on theirs. Dual Core processors still have a market as only the Q6600 Core 2 Quad CPU reaches this level of price but performance on the E8500 beats that CPU in many cases."
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