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Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Duo E6600

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Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 1.7 pt/W vs 0.53 pt/W Around 3.2x better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 101.56W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 60.1 °C vs 55 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 30.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 109.5 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 6000+

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AMD Athlon X2 6000+

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Newer Feb, 2007 vs Jul, 2006 Release date 7 months later
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.53 GHz vs 3.45 GHz Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6600 vs Athlon X2 6000+

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 6000+
86.1 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 6000+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3 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

power consumption

TDP 65W 125W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 1.7 pt/W 0.53 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 101.56W

details

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Athlon X2 6000+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 1.35 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 47 26
Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 3.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 3.53 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 3.33 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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