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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

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Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 2,970 vs 1,050 More than 2.8x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 924 vs 665 Around 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,660 More than 2.5x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 1.19 pt/W vs 1.14 pt/W More than 5% better performance per watt
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz vs 3.21 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 62.2 °C vs 61.4 °C Almost the same
Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E4300

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 91.98 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 25.29 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q6600 vs Duo E4300

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
Core2 Duo E4300
77,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs Duo E4300 

8.0
9.0

9.4
8.6

Overall

8.9 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Duo E4300 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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

details

Core2 Quad Q6600  vs
Duo E4300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 8 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistor count 582,000,000 167,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.85 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.2°C Unknown - 61.4°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 278 6
Overclock review score 5 4
Overclocked clock speed 3.52 GHz 3.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.52 GHz 3.21 GHz

power consumption

TDP 105W 65W
Annual home energy cost 25.29 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 91.98 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.19 pt/W 1.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 85.31W 52.81W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 1,066 MHz 800 MHz
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
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