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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 102,800 MB/s vs 155.6 MB/s Around 660.8x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
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 newer manufacturing process 65 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,490 vs 2,256 Around 2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly better performance per watt 1.19 pt/W vs 0.59 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
Newer Jan, 2007 vs Aug, 2006 Release date 4 months later
Front view of AMD Opteron 1218

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AMD Opteron 1218

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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Opteron 1218

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
Opteron 1218
155.6 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 1218 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.6 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 103W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 24.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 90.23 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 0.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 83.69W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 1218 
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 13
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 1 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.41 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.41 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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