Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 45nm Wolfdale CPU Review

CPU by massman @ 2008-02-11

We take a closer look at the fastest dual core CPU from Intel, the E8500, dubbed Wolfdale, is manufactured at 45nm which translates in low power usage and excellent potential for overclocking. We compare the performance of this newcomer to a 65nm Core 2 Duo and overclock past the limit using LN2. Read on to find out if we froze the Wolf!

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Conclusive thoughts

Conclusive thoughts

Reaching the final stage of this article, we have come to a point where we have to make up our minds: Is the E8500 worth the money? Let's sum a few things up, starting by checking some prices (

  • E8500: 228€ - 3,17G - 13,90 G/€
  • E8400: 160€ - 3,00G - 18,75 G/€
  • E8200: 147€ - 2,67G - 18,16 G/€
  • E6850: 211€ - 3,00G - 14,22 G/€
  • E6700: 255€ - 2,67G - 10,47 G/€

In comparison to the early C2D series, the 45nm processors are definitely worth the money as the MHz/price ratio of the E6xxx-series is much lower than the ratio of the 45nm series. Price and performance is better, certainly as even with moderate overclocking skills you'll be able to push you processor beyond 4GHz without any problem. Looking at the other E8xxx processors, the E8500 is not the best when it comes to price/performance ratio, but as it's released as the top-dog in the series, it's expected that the price is a bit higher. It seems that the E8400 might be a better choice, especially for the people who want to have the best bang for buck.

Let's sum it all up:

+ Low Heat Output = no extravagant cooling needed to run cool & quiet.
+ Excellent overclockability
+ Faster than a evenly matched 65nm Intel processor
- Relatively high prices
- In some test not really that much faster clock for clock compared to its 65nm brethren.
- FSB walls due to insufficient support by motherboards

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.

Intel Core 2 E8500 Recommended for

We'd like to thank for their help in making this review possible, until next time!
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Comment from Rutar @ 2008/02/12
you need to advertise the article better, like "5.8 Gigahertz for great justice and "965 > P35"
Comment from jmke @ 2008/02/12
Comment from Sidney @ 2008/02/19
Price to peformance ratio, this may put the end to exotic w/c and even highend air cool. Well over 4G with stock cooler is another sign of what good engineering from the beginning means.

I wonder the outcome if you put a Q6600 stock cooler in for an upgrade.
Comment from jmke @ 2008/02/20
Originally Posted by Sidney View Post
I wonder the outcome if you put a Q6600 stock cooler in for an upgrade.
4.7Ghz OC on air