Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 

Released January, 2007
  • 2.4 GHz
  • Quad core
4.9 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 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core2 Quad Q6600
4.8
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core2 Quad Q6600
4.9
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core2 Quad Q6600
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core2 Quad Q6600
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core2 Quad Q6600
5.4
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core2 Quad Q6600
n.d.
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

4.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core2 Quad Q6600
4.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q6600
4,490
Core i5 3570K
10,311

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q6600
1,306

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q6600
102,800 MB/s
Core i5 3570K
2,650,000 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q8200
100,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q6600
4,161
Core i5 3570K
10,832

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Quad Q6600
4,541
Core i5 3570K
11,824

GeekBench

Core2 Quad Q6600
5,918
Core i5 3570K
15,009

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core2 Quad Q6600
2,993

PassMark (Single Core)

Core2 Quad Q6600
922

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

features

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

integrated graphics

GPU None

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 8 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm
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
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz

power consumption

TDP 105W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year
Performance per watt 1.39 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W

bus

Architecture FSB
Clock speed 1,066 MHz
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Comments

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Use them 2nd Hand, they are really good for NAS and Multimedia!
This has been what I've been using for the past 8 years... Q6600 2.4 @ 3.0 on air for the past 8 years, P5K Asus board, 8GB, 4.5TB, now 750 TI SC from 9800 gt sc; I can run Fallout 4 on max settings 1920 x 1080 around 40-60 fps with 2 extra screens not causing issues with performance.. Most other games can be ran at top settings, smoothly... However, for those that don't, the obvious settings to adjust first ( which are the most performance draining ) are shadows, first, then those that render the scene more than once per frame such as AA.... Then most games can run at top settings except shadows or AA lowered slightly, then they run near top, smoothly and without hiccups... The only thing I'd want to change on this computer is to get a SSD and the possibility of 16GB memory ( I may change the board for that option, also it'd give me the option to upgrade from DDR2 to DDR3 ). I may also increase the clock, as some have mentioned stable speeds above 3.4 on air ( originally I had water cooling but the pump died in the first month, thermaltake bigwater 760 i [ they wouldn't replace it despite there always being optimal coolant levels present, a waste of $200+ that I'll never spend with Thermaltake again, although the Thermaltake 900 case is quite nice, it'll be sad to never do business with them again over this ] but, luckily the large copper heatsink and coolant that was in the tubes kept the cpu cool until I bought another stock Intel heatsink and fan )... The only things that have been replaced: I'm on my 3rd power supply ( I keep all of my electronics on UPSs ) so 2 have gone bad, and they're like lightbulbs anyway so not a big issue, especially at $32 each.. My original Lightscribe optical died, and now a unit a friend gave me, second-hand, doesn't power up, so third optical will be installed soon; from one of the other computers in my graveyard... I keep it free of dust and refresh the thermal paste every other year or so. My PC has been smoke-free for the entirety of its life ( I don't smoke ). I have found no reason to upgrade this system to anything else as of yet.. It has been running 24/7 for the entirety of the 8 years excluding updates once a month or so which require restarts, video driver updates that require reboots plus random software that requires reboots due to poor integration skills of the developer in most cases, in others it can be understandable..
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