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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6600

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Intel Core2 Duo E6600

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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
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 90% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 3400e

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3400e

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Much lower typical power consumption 17.88W vs 52.81W 3x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 5.3 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 19.27 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Duo E6600  vs Athlon 64 X2 3400e 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3400e 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual 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 E6600  vs
Athlon 64 X2 3400e 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 2.7 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 22W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 5.3 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 19.27 $/year
Typical power consumption 52.81W 17.88W
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
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