CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of Q6600 vs 450 among all CPUs

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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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Too close to call

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Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 450

AMD Athlon II X3 450

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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 1.5 MB More than 5.2x 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
Significantly lower typical power consumption 85.31W vs 113.2W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
More cores 4 vs 3 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year vs 39.59 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year vs 113.44 $/year Around 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 450

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AMD Athlon II X3 450

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Newer Sep, 2010 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 3 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 75 °C vs 62.2 °C More than 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,632 vs 1,306 Around 25% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.86 GHz vs 3.52 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon II X3 450

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 X3 450
128,950 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X3 450 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3
Super 7

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 95W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 39.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 113.44 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 1.07 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 113.2W

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 100 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X3 450 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 8 MB 1.5 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 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 75°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 16
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.86 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.86 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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