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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 more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz vs 2.26 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,257 vs 1,101 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz vs 2.2 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 2328M

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 60.1 °C More than 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jul, 2012 vs Jul, 2006 Release date over 6 years later
Better performance per watt 3.46 pt/W vs 1.7 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Duo E6600 vs Core i3 2328M

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
Core i3 2328M
108,750 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
Core i3 2328M 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 35W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.7 pt/W 3.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 28.44W

details

Core2 Duo E6600  vs
Core i3 2328M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 22
Operating temperature Unknown - 60.1°C Unknown - 85°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.49 GHz 2.26 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.45 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.49 GHz 2.26 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
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