CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2600 vs 3600 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 2600 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 2600  based on its single-core performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600

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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 60% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,921 vs 758 More than 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 2.54 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 70.5 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD A6 3600

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AMD A6 3600

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 114.5W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.26 GHz vs 3.93 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 41.87 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 112.13 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Aug, 2011 vs Jan, 2011 Release date 7 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs A6 3600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
10,986
A6 3600
3,717

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
2,876
A6 3600
1,153

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
2,470,000 MB/s
A6 3600
90,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,071
A6 3600
4,058

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,820
A6 3600
5,937

GeekBench

Core i7 2600
14,233
A6 3600
5,942

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 2600
8,219
A6 3600
2,712

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 2600
1,921
A6 3600
758

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
A6 3600 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
FM1
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
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 41.87 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 112.13 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 6.48 pt/W 1.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 52.81W

details

Core i7 2600  vs
A6 3600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,160,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.22 - 1.43V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 70.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.93 GHz 4.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz 4.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 10.x 11.0
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
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