Intel® Core™2 Duo Desktop Processor vs Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processor?

Which CPU is better to buy ?

Intel® Core™ i3-530 Processor (4M Cache, 2.93 GHz) (it supports DDR3 also)


Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E7500 (3M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) (it supports DDR2 only )

Although I do not play games on my PC but I need good performance in Adobe Photoshop, Watching Full HD Movies. I need good performance in Multitasking.

Along with any of these CPU I would purchase 2 GB x 2 stick of RAM. and I will use Windows 7. and I will use Microsoft VPC images also with MS Virtual PC.


The i3 processor is better, specs-wise, architecture-wise as well as via benchmarks as per Anandtech

  • Thanks for quick reply. but for Adobe Photoshop C2D showing better. – metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 3:28
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    Am I missing something? It says the Core 2 Duo takes 29.2 seconds for a Photoshop retouch and the i3 takes 25 seconds. Lower is better. – ta.speot.is May 12 '10 at 3:33
  • @taspeotis - Oh sorry. It was my misunderstanding. – metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 3:38

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