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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6300

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Intel Core2 Duo E6300

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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
Higher clock speed 1.86 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.19 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 694 vs 449 Around 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 2600+

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Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 52.81W 4.3x lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 61.4 °C Around 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 4.3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 4.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per watt 2.19 pt/W vs 1.18 pt/W More than 85% better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6300 vs Athlon 64 2600+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6300  vs
Athlon 64 2600+ 
Clock speed 1.86 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core2 Duo E6300  vs
Athlon 64 2600+ 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 61.4°C Unknown - 85°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 15 0
Overclocked clock speed 3.19 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.19 GHz 2.4 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 15W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 13.14 $/year
Performance per watt 1.18 pt/W 2.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 12.19W
Intel Core2 Duo E6300
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