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Front view of Intel Core i5 6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 6600

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jun, 2012 Release date over 3 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.75 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core Around 15% more l3 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.87 GHz vs 3.4 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 4240

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AMD Opteron 4240

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads

Features Key features of the Core i5 6600  vs Opteron 4240 

clock speed

Core i5 6600
3.3 GHz
Opteron 4240
3.4 GHz

turbo clock speed

Core i5 6600
3.9 GHz
Opteron 4240
3.8 GHz

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i5 6600
3.75 GHz
Opteron 4240
3.4 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i5 6600
3.87 GHz
Opteron 4240
3.4 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 6600  vs
Opteron 4240 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W

bus

Architecture FSB HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 1 2
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 6,400 MT/s

details

Core i5 6600  vs
Opteron 4240 
Threads 4 6
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.75 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.87 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.75 GHz 3.4 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3
Intel Core i5 6600
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