CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of Q6600 vs 5600K among desktop CPUs (over 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

8.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 vs the AMD A8 5600K.

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs A8 5600K

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
A8 5600K
2,210,000 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 Quad Q6600  vs
A8 5600K 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 105W 100W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 87.6 $/year
Performance per watt 1.2 pt/W 4.86 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 81.25W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
A8 5600K 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 582,000,000 1,303,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.82 - 1.48V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 12
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 4.29 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.61 GHz 4.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 4.29 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7560D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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