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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
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 40% 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
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Turion II M560

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AMD Turion II M560

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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 28.44W vs 85.31W 3x lower typical power consumption
Newer Apr, 2010 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 3 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 25.29 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 91.98 $/year 3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q6600  vs Turion II M560 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core2 Quad Q6600
3.52 GHz
Turion II M560
2.5 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Turion II M560 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
S1

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 35W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 30.66 $/year
Typical power consumption 85.31W 28.44W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Turion II M560 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 2.5 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

bus

Clock speed 1,066 MHz 400 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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