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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A4 3420

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AMD A4 3420

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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 higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Newer Dec, 2011 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 5 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.58 GHz vs 3.52 GHz Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs A4 3420

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 Quad Q6600
102,800 MB/s
A4 3420
113,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
A4 3420 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 105W 65W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 1.57 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
A4 3420 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 582,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.91 - 1.41V

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.58 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A AMD Radeon HD 6410D
GPU clock speed N/A 600 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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