In our performance tests the new top dual-core CPU, Core 2 Duo E8600, will be competing against its predecessor, Core 2 Duo E8500, and against quad-core Intel processors in the same price range. These are the youngest Penryn models: Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Q9450, and a long-lasting Core 2 Quad Q6600 from the Kentsfield family manufactured with 65nm process.
The base specifications of all our today’s testing participants are summed up in the table below:
SYSmark 2007 is an integral test measuring the systems performance when working on typical tasks in widely-spread applications. That is why these results can serve as a description of processors general performance. From this prospective, Core 2 Duo E8600 turned out only a little faster than its predecessor, Core 2 Duo E8500. It is 7% ahead. However, we didn’t expect anything else here, because these two processors only differ by their clock speed.