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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 1,334 More than 40% better PassMark score
Much better performance per watt 1.7 pt/W vs 0.87 pt/W Around 95% 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 better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 3.26 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 5200B

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Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 68 °C vs 60.1 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Apr, 2008 vs Jul, 2006 Release date over 1 years later

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

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 5200B
73.75 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

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

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
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 0.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon X2 5200B 
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
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C Unknown - 68°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 3.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 3.26 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
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
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