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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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 50% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Atom S1240

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Intel Atom S1240

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 4.96W vs 85.31W 17.2x lower typical power consumption
Newer Dec, 2012 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 6 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 1.47 $/year vs 25.29 $/year 17.2x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 5.34 $/year vs 91.98 $/year 17.2x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q6600  vs Atom S1240 

clock speed

Atom S1240
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core2 Quad Q6600
3.52 GHz
Atom S1240
1.6 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Atom S1240
1.6 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Atom S1240 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

features

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

power consumption

TDP 105W 6.1W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 1.47 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 5.34 $/year
Typical power consumption 85.31W 4.96W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Atom S1240 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 1.6 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

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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