Average Bench: 27.3% (686th of 1100)

more Based on 24,303 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: 27.3% Great: 35%
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 27%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

Very poor average bench

The Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 averaged 72.6% 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 220Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 58.5Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 is just 16.5%. 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 107Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 145Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,303 samples)
Min Avg Max
44.2 SC Int 58.5 73.7
21.5 SC Float 27.8 34.8
28.1 SC Mixed 37.7 47.3
33.2% 41.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
144 QC Int 220 292
68.1 QC Float 104 138
92 QC Mixed 142 187
35.5% 155 Pts
Min Avg Max
146 MC Int 226 293
71.7 MC Float 107 139
97.4 MC Mixed 145 187
24.3% 159 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 3.4 GHz
SC Int 82.5
SC Float 39.4
SC Mixed 53.3
47% 58.4 Pts
QC Int 330
QC Float 157
QC Mixed 214
53% 234 Pts
MC Int 333
MC Float 157
MC Mixed 211
36% 233 Pts
LGA775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.15 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 77.2
SC Float 35.3
SC Mixed 49.6
43% 54 Pts
QC Int 308
QC Float 146
QC Mixed 197
50% 217 Pts
MC Int 309
MC Float 148
MC Mixed 197
33% 218 Pts
LGA 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 72
SC Float 34.1
SC Mixed 46.6
41% 50.9 Pts
QC Int 271
QC Float 130
QC Mixed 177
44% 193 Pts
MC Int 278
MC Float 130
MC Mixed 176
30% 195 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 58.5
SC Float 27.5
SC Mixed 37.5
33% 41.2 Pts
QC Int 227
QC Float 106
QC Mixed 145
36% 159 Pts
MC Int 229
MC Float 107
MC Mixed 146
25% 161 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,459,024 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $130 @ launch in Jan '07
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Typical Core2 Quad Q6600 Builds (Compare 560 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
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Desktop
Desktop 27%
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Workstation
Workstation 19%
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System: Dell XPS420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 39% - Below average Total price: $165

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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.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

20 days ago.

I just bought mine for $10 and I'm hearing good things


Terrible

8 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

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 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.


Excellent

24 days ago.

all game on max settings what to say else


Excellent

8 months ago.

Reliable and powerful. 10 years of heavy use.


Terrible

4 years ago.


Excellent

11 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.


Excellent

7 months ago.

Still works after 8 long hard years !


Terrible

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

2 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!


Very good

17 months ago.

For the price this is excelent cpu.


Excellent

27 days ago.

Its just the best


Good

2 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

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 days 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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