2 Cores, 2 Threads @3.0GHz, Core.
Release date: Q1 2008.

1 Cores, 1 Threads.
Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 68,816 user samples
68,540 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 47% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 24% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 24% Great: 47%
SPEED RANK: 1069th / 1452
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop 46%
Workstation 27%
276 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 45% Base clock 1.6 GHz
Worst Bench: 13% Base clock 1.6 GHz
Poor: 13% Great: 45%
SPEED RANK: 1384th / 1452
Gaming 27%
Desktop 30%
Workstation 17%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
40.3 % Much faster effective speed.
26.8 %
Avg. Memory Latency
67.9 Pts Much lower memory latency.
50.3 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
41.2 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
21 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
73.8 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
21.5 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
76.9 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
22.2 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
78.1 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
22.4 Pts
OC Memory Latency
78.9 Pts 89.8 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Speed
48.1 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
26.9 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
95.5 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
26.9 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
95.4 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
27 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
95.4 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
27.2 Pts
Market Share
Based on 68,074,906 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % 0 %
Value For Money
55.2 % Better value.
47.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % Slightly more popular.
50 %
Price (score)
$89 $35 Much cheaper.
197 Months 124+ Months Much more recent.
OC Multi Core Speed
95.4 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
27.2 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
78 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
22.7 Pts

The Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 is amongst the fastest of the Core 2 Duo range of now nearly ten year old CPUs. The E8400 is included in our group tests simply as a reference point due to its huge success back in its day. Running at a clock speed of 3.0 GHz the E8400 has an effective speed of 52 which is 85% slower than its modern day counterparts. The relative lack of performance is especially noticeable in the area of multi-core processing as a consequence of the E8400's relatively few two cores. Anyone considering an upgrade needn't hesitate as modern CPUs are not only orders of magnitude faster but also considerably more energy efficient and feature packed. [Oct '14 CPUPro]


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