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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E4600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E4600

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Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 102,150 MB/s vs 25,150 MB/s More than 4x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,148 vs 501 More than 4.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.17 GHz vs 1.89 GHz Around 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.61 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly better PassMark score 1,384 vs 308 Around 4.5x better PassMark score
Front view of Intel Atom 230

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Intel Atom 230

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 3.25W vs 52.81W 16.2x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 6.22 pt/W vs 1.49 pt/W Around 4.2x better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 85.2 °C vs 73.3 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 0.96 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 16.2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 3.5 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 16.2x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2008 vs Oct, 2007 Release date 8 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E4600 vs Atom 230

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core2 Duo E4600
102,150 MB/s
Atom 230
25,150 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E4600  vs
Atom 230 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
437

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support No No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes No

power consumption

TDP 65W 4W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 0.96 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 3.5 $/year
Performance per watt 1.49 pt/W 6.22 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 3.25W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 800 MHz 533 MHz

details

Core2 Duo E4600  vs
Atom 230 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 167,000,000 47,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 12 12
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.9 - 1.16V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73.3°C Unknown - 85.2°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.17 GHz 1.89 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.61 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.17 GHz 1.89 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
Intel Core2 Duo E4600
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