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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 0.25 MB 32x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.47 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better PassMark score 2,970 vs 344 Around 8.8x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2.11 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 1.47 GHz Around 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon XP 1700+

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AMD Athlon XP 1700+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon XP 1700+ vs the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Athlon XP 1700+

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon XP 1700+ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.47 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
462

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 266 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Athlon XP 1700+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 8 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 1.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2.11 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 85.31W N/A
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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