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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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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
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

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AMD Athlon II X2 215

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
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
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 3.52 GHz Almost the same
Newer Sep, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon II X2 215

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
Athlon II X2 215
109,100 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
Athlon II X2 215 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
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 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X2 215 
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 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 3.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.56 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

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,000 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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AMD Athlon II X2 215
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