CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of Q6600 vs 3600+ among desktop 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

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

3.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600  based on its performance, single-core performance and overclocking.

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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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 2,970 vs 969 More than 3x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 924 vs 593 More than 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,441 Around 3x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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 performance per watt 1.19 pt/W vs 0.63 pt/W Around 90% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2.58 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 62.2 °C vs 49 °C More than 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.71 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 3600+

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AMD Athlon X2 3600+

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon X2 3600+

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 X2 3600+
52.3 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 X2 3600+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
939
AM2
754

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
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 0.63 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon X2 3600+ 
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 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 49°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2.58 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.71 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2.58 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 800 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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AMD Athlon X2 3600+
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