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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 240

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AMD Athlon II X2 240

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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
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 higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 3.52 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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 Jul, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon II X2 240

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 240
112,300 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 240 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.8 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
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 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 1.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X2 240 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 8 MB 2 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
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 23
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.67 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 Quad Q6600
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AMD Athlon II X2 240
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