My friend has a pretty old Core 2 duo in his machine, He won't tell me exactly which model but I'm sure it's a dual core one manufactured at 65nm , I'm not too familiar with the core 2 duo series as I didn't really get into computers back then, but do you think my I3 540 will top it? I'm asking this because I'm replacing my processor + Mobo and he said he may buy it from me.
Sorry there's not much detailing going on, If you really need me to I'll ask him to give me the full on specs as soon as I can.
The i3 540 should perform similarly to the Ivy Bridge G2020...which is not a lot of difference, if you ask me. Sure, the Wolfdale mentioned in that article is faster than the Conroe your friend has, but overclocking the Conroe would get it to too small of a margin to buy such a chip. If he wants to buy it, let him, as it will be a modest step up, but make sure he doesn't expect the moon.