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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E6600

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon 3000+

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AMD Athlon 3000+

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Much higher Maximum operating temperature 70 °C vs 60.1 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature

Features Key features of the Core2 Duo E6600  vs Athlon 3000+ 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon 3000+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
754

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 89W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 77.96 $/year
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W

details

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon 3000+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C Unknown - 70°C

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 E6600
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