CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of E2160 vs Q6600 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

3.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium E2160

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium E2160

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 85.31W Around 40% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 73.3 °C vs 62.2 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
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
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.72 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of 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
Much higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 2,970 vs 999 Around 3x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 924 vs 655 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 4,161 vs 1,600 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 1.12 pt/W More than 5% better performance per watt
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
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 3.11 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium E2160 vs Core2 Quad Q6600

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

Pentium E2160
76,700 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q6600
102,800 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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium E2160  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 775

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support No Yes
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

Pentium E2160  vs
Core2 Quad Q6600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistor count 105,000,000 582,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 9 9
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.5V 0.85 - 1.5V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73.3°C Unknown - 62.2°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 0 278
Overclock review score 3 5
Overclocked clock speed 3.11 GHz 3.52 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.72 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.11 GHz 3.52 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 105W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 91.98 $/year
Performance per watt 1.12 pt/W 1.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 85.31W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Clock speed 800 MHz 1,066 MHz
Intel Pentium E2160
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