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Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of Intel Core i5 2400

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core2 Quad Q9650 vs Core i5 2400

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 Q9650
128,200 MB/s
Core i5 2400
2,260,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
Core i5 2400 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775
LGA 1155
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
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 95W 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 27.75 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 100.92 $/year
Performance per watt 1.47 pt/W 8.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 93.6W

details

Core2 Quad Q9650  vs
Core i5 2400 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 12 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 3 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 31
Operating temperature Unknown - 71.4°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.15 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.25 GHz 3.51 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,473.2 3,244.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.15 GHz 3.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650
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