Whats the difference between intel Dual-Core and Core 2 Duo?

Whats the difference between the Intel Dual-Core(brand name) processor and the Core 2 Duo? It seems like clock speed is the only difference, but I want to make sure that is the case. It seems like anything over 2.6GHz is Core 2 Duo, and anything under 2.6GHz gets the label Dual-Core.

Answer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_Dual-Core

The Intel Dual Core is its own product line of Intel processors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2

The Intel Core 2 is also another product line of Intel processors.

The pentium dual-core processor is a one of Intel’s value or basic processors available. That is why you save so much going with that processor. The Core 2 is the more powerful desktop processor from Intel, hence why you pay more for it.

Here is a review comparing performance between the two: (This is well put together)

http://expertester.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/core-2-duo-vs-pentium-dual-core/

And a forum discussion about the differences:

http://www.devhardware.com/forums/intel-processors-30/pentium-dual-core-vs-core-2-duo-188459.html

I assume you mean the difference like on this inspiron 537 between the two middle models:

http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/desktop-inspiron_537s?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

If you notice next to the processor names is the intel e5200 and the intel e7500. These are the processor numbers you can look up on the internet for futher specifications and reviews.

The E5200 is listed under the Pentium Processor for Desktop on intel’s website:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ParentRadio=All&ProcFam=2841&SearchKey=

The E7500 is listed under the Core 2 Duo Desktop Processor

http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ParentRadio=All&ProcFam=2558&SearchKey=E7500

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