CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of Q6600 vs 3220 among desktop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i3 3220 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i3 3220  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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 0.5 MB 16x 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 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better performance per dollar 4.9 pt/$ vs 2.78 pt/$ More than 75% better performance per dollar
Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Intel Core i3 3220

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 5 years later
Significantly lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 85.31W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better geekbench 3 single core score 2,501 vs 1,306 More than 90% better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 5,814 vs 2,778 More than 2x better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Better performance per watt 6.06 pt/W vs 2.28 pt/W Around 2.8x better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 65.3 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly better cinebench r10 32Bit score 12,548 vs 9,681 Around 30% better cinebench r10 32Bit score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3 3220

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
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Core i3 3220 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
LGA 1155

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
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
Performance per watt 2.28 pt/W 6.06 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 44.69W

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Core i3 3220 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 8 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 65.3°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 50

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,050 MHz

bus

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

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Neat, a write-up on the comparison. That's pretty cool.
wut o.o
is video card is important to graphic user
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