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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 211% 147%
Hitman 3 319% 232%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 319% 232%
Resident Evil 8 246% 174%
FIFA 21 191% 131%
Grand Theft Auto VI 412% 306%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 202% 139%
The Medium 434% 324%
Genshin Impact 136% 87%
Far Cry 6 391% 290%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The E8500 3.16GHz was released less than a year after the E7200 2.53GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The E7200 2.53GHz and the E8500 3.16GHz both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the E7200 2.53GHz and the E8500 3.16GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz and the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The E7200 2.53GHz and the E8500 3.16GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.63 GHz faster base clock rate, the E8500 3.16GHz manages to provide significantly better performance than the E7200 2.53GHz.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The E8500 3.16GHz has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the E7200 2.53GHz, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the E8500 3.16GHz wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The E8500 3.16GHz has a 267 MHz faster System Bus Speed than the E7200 2.53GHz, and as such, has a slightly higher limit when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the E7200 2.53GHz and the E8500 3.16GHz have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 45 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWolfdaleWolfdale
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date20 Apr 200810 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
CPU Threads2vs2
Clock Speed2.53 GHzvs3.16 GHz
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System Bus 1066 MHzvs1333 MHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature74°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.53GHz and 3MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.
Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 3.16GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 65W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.