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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 3 MB Around 2.8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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 2.1 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 2425 HE

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AMD Opteron 2425 HE

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 85.31W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jul, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q6600  vs Opteron 2425 HE 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 2425 HE 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 775
F

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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
Typical power consumption 85.31W 44.69W

bus

Architecture FSB HyperTransport 3.0
Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,200 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Opteron 2425 HE 
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 8 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 9 10
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 1 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2.1 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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AMD Opteron 2425 HE
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