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Core 2 Duo is the name of a CPU series from Intel, with 2 cores on the cpu.

Dual Core is the general term for CPUs with 2 cores, like Quad Core is the general term for CPUs with 4 cores.
 

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Did you not understand what was just explained? How can you compare one specific thing against what it is?

A Core 2 Duo is a specific dual core CPU.

A dual core CPU is any CPU with two cores.

Asking which is better between a dual core CPU and a Core 2 Duo is not practical. What you're asking is like asking "What is better? A console or a Playstation 2?". You can't compare them becuase a Playstation is a console, and "a console" that you're asking to compare it against can be anything.

As far as the best dual core CPUs go, the Core 2 Duos are the best overall.
 

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If he meant "Pentium dual-core" then those are virtually the same as Core 2 Duos except with smaller L2 caches and lower FSB.
 

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In general yeah, but the E6300 is clocked at 2.8GHz, which is more then any C2D in the E4xxx, E6xxx and all but two CPUs in the E7xxx line.
 

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Pentium D =/= Pentium Exxxx

Though only experience I've had with Pentium E-series processors was the 2200 and it was a nice chip. Hit 3.4GHz real easily.
 

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In general yeah, but the E6300 is clocked at 2.8GHz, which is more then any C2D in the E4xxx, E6xxx and all but two CPUs in the E7xxx line.
Yeah, but I'd consider the E6300 an exception. I think it's the only Pentium Dual-core not in the E2xx0 or E5x00 line for a reason.
 

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Pentium D =/= Pentium Exxxx

Though only experience I've had with Pentium E-series processors was the 2200 and it was a nice chip. Hit 3.4GHz real easily.
lol Every time somebody says the Pentium E series easily OC's to 3GHz and above, I feel like crashing a hammer into my motherboard for holding me back to a measly 2.2.
 

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Okay, a Core 2 Duo is better than a Pentium Dual-core. However, if expense is a concern, get the Pentium Dual-core, because it is almost literally the same CPU, just with less L2 cache, FSB, and generally a lower default frequency.
 
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