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Game Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 272% 136%
Cyberpunk 2077 216% 101%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 181% 79%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 304% 157%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 176% 75%
Doom Eternal 206% 94%
FIFA 20 166% 69%
Grand Theft Auto VI 406% 221%
Need For Speed Heat 214% 100%
Halo: Reach 54% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz is massively better than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz 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.

Both the Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz and the Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The Core 2 Quad has 2 more cores than the Core 2 Duo. With 4 cores, the Core 2 Quad is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core 2 Quad has 2 more threads than the Core 2 Duo. 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 Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad both have the same clock frequency, this is by no means an indicator that the two CPUs will provide the same level of performance. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the Core 2 Quad has a 128 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the Core 2 Duo, at least in this area.

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.

The Core 2 Duo has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core 2 Quad (though they were created with the same size 45 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core 2 Duo will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameWolfdaleYorkfield
MoBo SocketLGA 775/ Socket TLGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date10 Aug 200810 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads2vs4
Clock Speed2.66 GHzvs2.66 GHz
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Max TDP65 Wvs95 W
Lithography45 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs6144 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz is a middle-class Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (2 Logical), clocked at 2.66GHz 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.
Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz is a high-end Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.66GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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

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