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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 3 AES single core score 102,800 MB/s vs 49,700 MB/s More than 2x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,882 Around 2.2x 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
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,490 vs 1,363 More than 3.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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 overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jan, 2007 vs Aug, 2005 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Opteron 165 HE

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AMD Opteron 165 HE

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Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 85.31W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Opteron 165 HE

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 165 HE
49,700 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 165 HE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
939
940

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 165 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
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C 0 - 65°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2 GHz

power consumption

TDP 105W 55W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 1 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 44.69W
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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