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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 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
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 738 More than 4x better PassMark score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,284 Around 3.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Front view of AMD Sempron 140

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AMD Sempron 140

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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
Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 85.31W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.69 GHz vs 3.52 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 91.98 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 25.29 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Higher Maximum operating temperature 63 °C vs 62.2 °C Almost the same
Newer Jul, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.93 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Sempron 140

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
Sempron 140
105,900 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Sempron 140 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3

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 45W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 1.95 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 36.56W

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Sempron 140 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.82 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 63°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 5
Overclock review score 5 2
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 3.93 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.69 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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