Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 

Released January, 2007
  • 2.4 GHz
  • Quad core
7.3 Out of 10

In real terms, quad-threaded applications are thin on the ground and will be until at least this winter.
by Tech Radar (Aug, 2007)
If a loving parent/festive myth figure/lottery win gave you a couple of hundred sterling more for your PC-building fund than expected then, well, it's a reasonable price for decent future-proofing.
by Tech Radar (Aug, 2007)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core2 Quad Q6600
6.8
Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit), GeekBench (64-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core2 Quad Q6600
7.9
Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core), Passmark (Single Core) and x264 HD 4.0 (Pass 2)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Core2 Quad Q6600
7.0
overclock popularity

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core2 Quad Q6600
8.1
Performance Per Dollar

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Core2 Quad Q6600
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

GeekBench (32-bit)

Core2 Quad Q6600
4,186
Core i7 4770K
14,371
Core i5 3570K
10,819

x264 HD 4.0

Core2 Quad Q6600
47.9 fps
Core i5 3570K
100.16 fps
Core2 Duo E8400
33.59 fps

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core2 Quad Q6600
2,910

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Core2 Quad Q6600
9,681
Core i7 4770K
28,623
Core i5 3570K
22,742

sysmark 2007 (overall)

Core2 Quad Q6600
170

Passmark

Core2 Quad Q6600
2,984
Core i7 4770K
10,016

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600


8.0
But in terms of a re-encode/compress test and Stalker at 800 x 600, and it's quite apparent what two extra cores can do.

9.4
Unfortunately because it is old and there have been many new releases, 1366 1156, 1155 and now 2011, it is quite hard to recommend it, however if you do own one already I would always say don't get rid of it, keep it as a backup rig, this was truly one of those chips that could take a lot.

Overall

8.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket

You could usually hit between 3.2-3.6ghz depending on your motherboard, those P45 motherboards with this chip was a match made in heaven, obviously it required a SLACR (go) batch Q6600 and a low VID, but if you get lucky you could even hit 4ghz.
by munaim1 (Dec, 2011)
I did eventually keep it at 3.8ghz with 1.6ish voltage for over 4 years without any problems, this is certainly a touch cookie and one that will never be forgotten.
by munaim1 (Dec, 2011)
The max I could hit with my Asus P5E motherboard (flashed to Rampage Formula BIOS) was around 3.9ghz, however I couldn't stabilize it, the VID on my chip was a little higher than most (can't remember) and the motherboard FSB restriction didn't exactly help.
by munaim1 (Dec, 2011)

Socket Type

When I built it 4 years ago it was running like a dream, the temps were pretty decent and performance was great.
by munaim1 (Dec, 2011)

Performance

Honestly, I am upgrading soon to a SB system most likely, because performance in some stuff is iffy...but I'll be sad to see this guy go.
by Mkilbride (Dec, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 775
Is hyperthreaded No

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has vitualization support Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
  1. Supplemental SSE3
  2. SSE2
  3. SSE
  4. MMX
  5. SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

gpu

GPU None
Label None
Latest DirectX None
Number of displays supported None
GPU clock speed None
Turbo clock speed None
3DMark06 None

bus

Architecture FSB
Clock speed 1,066 MHz

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 8 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nms
Transistor count 582,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278
Overclock review score 5

power consumption

TDP 105W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year
Performance per watt 4.4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W
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