CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E6600 vs 5200+ among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

2.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Duo E6600 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Duo E6600  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6600

Reasons to consider the
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 better PassMark score 1,884 vs 1,383 More than 35% better PassMark score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,163 vs 1,937 More than 10% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better performance per watt 1.7 pt/W vs 0.78 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 3.38 GHz Almost the same
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5200+

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AMD Athlon X2 5200+

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Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 68 °C vs 60.1 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.61 GHz vs 3.49 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Aug, 2010 vs Jul, 2006 Release date over 4 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6600 vs Athlon X2 5200+

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 X2 5200+
54.2 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon X2 5200+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.7 pt/W 0.78 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon X2 5200+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
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
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.95 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C 55 - 68°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 3.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 3.38 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 3.61 GHz

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

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,000 MHz
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
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AMD Athlon X2 5200+
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