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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much better performance per watt 1.19 pt/W vs 0.64 pt/W More than 85% better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 85.31W vs 130.78W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year vs 53.03 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 3.36 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year vs 120.63 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 605e

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AMD Athlon II X4 605e

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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
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 72 °C vs 62.2 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Oct, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon II X4 605e

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 X4 605e
105.8 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

sysmark 2007 (overall)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X4 605e 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad 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 45W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 53.03 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 120.63 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 0.64 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 130.78W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon II X4 605e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 2 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 0.78 - 1.25V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.36 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.36 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 X4 605e
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