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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6600

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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
Much better PassMark score 1,884 vs 448 Around 4.2x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,257 vs 573 Around 2.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,163 vs 770 More than 2.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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
Much better performance per watt 1.7 pt/W vs 0.34 pt/W Around 5x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 2.69 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 2.87 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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 64 3200+

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AMD Athlon 64 3200+

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6600 vs Athlon 64 3200+

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 E6600
102,200 MB/s
Athlon 64 3200+
52.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon 64 3200+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
754
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 E6600  vs
Athlon 64 3200+ 
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

overclocking

Overclock popularity 47 3
Overclock review score 5 0
Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 2.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 2.87 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 2.69 GHz

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
Performance per watt 1.7 pt/W 0.34 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
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