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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
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,257 vs 779 More than 60% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,163 vs 1,857 More than 15% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better performance per watt 1.7 pt/W vs 0.61 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 3.13 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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 X2 5000+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
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 X2 5000+

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 X2 5000+
64.85 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 E6600  vs
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.6 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 5000+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 3.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 3.39 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 3.13 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 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
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