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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 2 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,427 Around 3x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2.92 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark score 2,970 vs 971 More than 3x better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Higher Maximum operating temperature 62.2 °C vs 55 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 1210 HE

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AMD Opteron 1210 HE

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Opteron 1210 HE

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 1210 HE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM2

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 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 1210 HE 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 8 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 1 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2.92 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2.92 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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