Average Bench: 27.1% (705th of 1122)

more Based on 25,592 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000006FB, , BFEBFBFF00010676, BFEBFBFF000006F7, 0000000000000000, BFEBFBFF00010677, 1FABFBFF000006FB, BFEBFBFF0001067A, 00050400000607D0, 1F8BFBFF000006FB Models: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 3.0GHz

The Core2 Quad Q6600 is over 7 years old which is a lot of processor lifetimes! This particular model has been included in the group test simply as a reference because of its exceptional popularity back when it was at the forefront of technological advance. The Q6600's four physical cores demonstrate exceptional overclocking capacity and often achieve in excess of 40% performance increases. Modern Quad core processors offer nearly three times more performance on both single and multi-core workloads. There have also been lots of non-processing related improvements in the platform over the last 7 years which include SATA 600 MB/s, USB 3.0 PCIe and more. [Mar '14 CPUPro]

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Poor: 19%Average: 27.1% Great: 35%
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 26%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Very poor average bench

The Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 averaged 72.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Quad Core Integer Speed 219Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 57.8Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 is just 16.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 106Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 144Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 25,592 samples)
Min Avg Max
39.1 SC Int 57.8 73.1
19.8 SC Float 27.5 34.7
26.4 SC Mixed 37.3 47
32.7% 40.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
143 QC Int 219 289
67 QC Float 103 136
89.3 QC Mixed 140 185
35.2% 154 Pts
Min Avg Max
153 MC Int 224 291
70.4 MC Float 106 137
96.6 MC Mixed 144 186
24.1% 158 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 73.6
SC Float 33.7
SC Mixed 47.3
41% 51.5 Pts
QC Int 259
QC Float 117
QC Mixed 166
41% 181 Pts
MC Int 278
MC Float 138
MC Mixed 187
31% 201 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 58.5
SC Float 27.9
SC Mixed 36.9
33% 41.1 Pts
QC Int 237
QC Float 110
QC Mixed 151
38% 166 Pts
MC Int 236
MC Float 111
MC Mixed 150
25% 166 Pts
Socket 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 56.6
SC Float 27.7
SC Mixed 37.9
33% 40.7 Pts
QC Int 230
QC Float 110
QC Mixed 146
37% 162 Pts
MC Int 235
MC Float 107
MC Mixed 149
25% 164 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 57.7
SC Float 27.7
SC Mixed 37.6
33% 41 Pts
QC Int 234
QC Float 111
QC Mixed 147
37% 164 Pts
MC Int 234
MC Float 109
MC Mixed 149
25% 164 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 57.2
SC Float 27.5
SC Mixed 36.9
32% 40.5 Pts
QC Int 224
QC Float 106
QC Mixed 144
36% 158 Pts
MC Int 209
MC Float 98.9
MC Mixed 131
22% 146 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 10,344,686 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $130 @ launch in Jan '07
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Typical Core2 Quad Q6600 Builds (Compare 25,761 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 30%
Sail boat
Workstation
Workstation 15%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $285

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Code NameKentsfield
Launch DateQ1'07
Processor NumberQ6600
# of Cores4
Cache8 MB L2
Instruction Set64-bit
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography65 nm
VID Voltage Range0.8500V-1.500V
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed2.4 GHz
Bus Speed1066 MHz FSB
Max TDP105 W
FSB ParityNo

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Demand Based SwitchingNo

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets SupportedLGA775
Processing Die Size286 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors582 million

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

Designed to handle massive compute and visualization workloads...

Models: BX80562Q6600, HH80562PH0568M

Added 4 years ago.

Terrible

12 months ago.

I still use the q6600 for 7 years. Only the Acer Mainboard died and now the msi mainboard for 5 years. Now, just buy the hp envy x2 and like to use both


Good

2 months ago.

one of the best processors from intel


Good

13 months ago.

with a good overclock it can still be a decent cpu (i got mine on 3.7ghz)


Excellent

18 days ago.

I have it since 2008. It's a great processor. I have used it for study, for gaming, for everyday tasks. It still runs very fast.


Terrible

3 days ago.

all game on max settings what to say else


Excellent

12 months ago.

Reliable and powerful. 10 years of heavy use.


Excellent

15 months ago.

I just replaced my q6600 after 10 years. It ran at 3.6 Ghz for about 8 years. It is amazing piece of engineering. I replaced it with i5 7600k and there is realy no significant difference in everyday tasks.


Terrible

4 years ago.


Terrible

1 month ago.

This CPU is garbage for anything more than web browsing. 1/5


Excellent

11 months ago.

Still works after 8 long hard years !


Terrible

10 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

3 years ago.

Doing the business since late 2007, GPU's bear the brunt of rendering these days anyway...the ol' gal's got legs in her yet!


Good

8 days ago.

This CPU was the first mainstream Quad Core processor made by Intel. Released over than 10 years ago features a clock speed of 2.4GHz on a 65nm process, can be overlocked on any system supporting 1333 FSB via the BSEL mod, which raises its clock speed to 3.00GHz. At this point of time this CPU may have a bad time on AAA games like Fallout 4 while staying on busy areas and will bottlenck anything more powerfull than a GTX 1050. For office task a Core 2 Duo E8400, a Pentium E6700 or higher will deliver better perfomance while saving you energy costs. There's no doubt that this CPU is a icon for the PC Gaming but in this point of time is better to let it die and upgrade to a first or second generation Intel Core i5/i7/Xeon processor.


Very good

21 months ago.

For the price this is excelent cpu.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Rock solid CPU even after 12 years.


Good

3 years ago.

8 years and counting...


Very good

2 years ago.

I got it in 2008 and it have worked wonders since then. And as operating systems started using multiple cores more and more it has kept up surprisingly well. Now rather slow. But with 8gb of RAM and a ssd things are still working.


Very good

14 months ago.

I have it and love it, it can achieve great clocks


Excellent

4 months ago.

Using Since 2008 Still Runs Fine, Just changed motherboard once for 12$ from intel to asrock and now i overclock it to at 3GHz


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