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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9700

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9700

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of Intel Core i3 4160

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Intel Core i3 4160

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.17 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 43.88W vs 77.19W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 3.17 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.01 $/year vs 22.89 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 47.3 $/year vs 83.22 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.81 GHz vs 3.17 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Core2 Quad Q9700  vs Core i3 4160 

clock speed

Core2 Quad Q9700
3.17 GHz
Core i3 4160
3.6 GHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core2 Quad Q9700
3.17 GHz
Core i3 4160
3.67 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core2 Quad Q9700
3.17 GHz
Core i3 4160
3.81 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core2 Quad Q9700  vs
Core i3 4160 
Clock speed 3.17 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core2 Quad Q9700  vs
Core i3 4160 
Threads 4 4
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.17 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.17 GHz 3.81 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.17 GHz 3.67 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 54W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 47.3 $/year
Typical power consumption 77.19W 43.88W
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