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AMD Phenom II X3 710 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Mini Review

AMD Phenom II X3 710 advantages

  • Multi-threaded performance of the processor is higher. In some tasks, it is up to 35% faster.
  • Memory performance of the microprocessor is better.
  • 3DNow! instructions are enabled on this CPU. The 3DNow! instruction set helps the microprocessor to execute certain floating-point operations faster, and thus enhance performance in games, that support the instructions. These instruction are obsolete now, and only some old games and software used them.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 advantages

  • In single-threaded programs, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 has 61% higher performance.
  • SSSE3 and SSE4.1 instructions are enabled on this processor.
  • Power consumption of the microprocessor is lower.

710 vs E8500 performance comparison

The charts below demonstrate relative performance of Phenom II X3 710 and Core 2 Duo E8500 CPUs in different kinds of programs. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can view in the "Benchmarks" tab. As a result, performance in individual benchmarks may be better or worse than what you see in the charts on this page. We also averaged the results for application type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.61
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.1
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.28
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Phenom II X3 710       - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for full list of benchmarks, showing difference in performance between 710 and Intel E8500 in various types of tests.


710 vs E8500 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
107W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD Phenom II X3 710 vs E8500 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Phenom II X3 710 Core 2 Duo E8500
General recommendations:
Same overall performance,
Performs better in multi-threaded programs
  General recommendations:
Identical overall performance,
Much faster in single-threaded tasks,
Supports SSE4.1 instructions,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Slow in single-threaded applications,
Does not support some instructions,
Requires considerably more power
 

Drawbacks:

Somewhat slow in multi-threaded applications

Similar processors

Phenom II X3 710 Core 2 Duo E8500
 

Similar microprocessors utilize the same core and fit the same socket as AMD Phenom II X3 710 and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500.


Where to buy


Both CPUs are obsolete. If you need one of them, the best place to look are auction sites, like eBay. Third party sellers at Amazon may also carry them.
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Specifications

Please visit AMD Phenom II X3 710 and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Phenom II X3 710Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyPhenom II X3Core 2 Duo
Basic details
Model number710E8500
CPU part numberHDX710WFK3DGIAT80570PJ0876M
EU80570PJ0876M
Box part numberHDX710WFGIBOXBX80570E8500
BXC80570E8500
BX80570E8500A
Introduction dateFebruary 9, 2009January 7, 2008
 
CPU features
Core nameHekaWolfdale
Platform nameDragon 
MicroarchitectureK10Core
Technology (micron)0.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3Socket 775
Frequency (MHz)26003167
Bus speed (MHz)2000 (HT/QPI)1333
Clock Multiplier139.5
L1 cache192 KB (code) / 192 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)15366144
L3 cache (KB)6144 
Max temperature (°C)55 - 7372.4
TDP (Watt)95 / 107.465
Max power dissipation (Watt) 100.31
Core voltage (V)1.15 - 1.4250.85 - 1.3625
Cores32
Threads32
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution-+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers10
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Phenom II X3 710" or "Intel Core 2 Duo E8500" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD Phenom II X3 710 and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
2. MSI K9A2 PLATINUM
3. ASROCK M3A780GXH/128M

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
2. 2GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM2X1024-6400C4

VID - Video card(s):
1. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Phenom II X3 710 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.

     

    AMD Phenom II X3 710           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
68.4%221
68.3%311

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
56.2%221
56.1%311


Phenom II X3 710 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.

     

    AMD Phenom II X3 710           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.4%221
98.2%311

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.4%221
98.2%311

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.8%311
94.8%221

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.8%311
99.3%111

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.7%311
96.8%111

    AMD Phenom II X3 710           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.7%311
80.2%111

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.8%311
84.5%111

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.8%311
98.4%111

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.6%311
73.7%111


Phenom II X3 710 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.

     

    AMD Phenom II X3 710           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.2%221
99.0%311

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.0%221
97.8%311


Phenom II X3 710 vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.

     

    AMD Phenom II X3 710           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
85.3%311
85.1%221

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%311
96.5%221
76.5%111

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