Average Bench: 22.8% (715th of 1182)

more Based on 40,190 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]

Poor: 15%Average: 22.8% Great: 30%
Gaming 23%
Desktop 26%
Workstation 14%
Tree trunk

Very poor average bench

The Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 averaged 77.2% 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.


Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 37.7Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 75.2Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 is just 14.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 145Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 144Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 40,190 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.8 1-Core 37.7 47.3
56.5 2-Core 75.2 94.3
26.5% 56.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
95.1 4-Core 142 187
95.4 8-Core 144 188
19.5% 143 Pts
Min Avg Max
98.3 64-Core 145 187
9.8% 145 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
1-Core 48.6
2-Core 98
34% 73.3 Pts
4-Core 153
8-Core 192
23% 173 Pts
64-Core 138
9% 138 Pts
Socket 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
1-Core 36.7
2-Core 74.6
26% 55.7 Pts
4-Core 146
8-Core 147
20% 146 Pts
64-Core 146
10% 146 Pts
LGA775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 36.3
2-Core 73.2
26% 54.8 Pts
4-Core 77.2
8-Core 116
12% 96.8 Pts
64-Core 124
8% 124 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.75 GHz
1-Core 33.3
2-Core 51.3
21% 42.3 Pts
4-Core 66.2
8-Core 63.4
9% 64.8 Pts
64-Core 80.5
5% 80.5 Pts
40,190 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,348,195 CPUs tested.


Approx. $130 @ launch in Jan '07
AmazonUS $1902 mins
EbayUS $23214 mins
Send price feedback
Typical Core2 Quad Q6600 Builds (Compare 1,025 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop 30%
Sail boat
Workstation 19%

System: Dell XPS420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 23% - Poor Total price: $260

Popular Core2 Quad Q6600 systems:

How Fast Is Your CPU? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.
Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2019 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical gamers and desktop users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating which is geared towards gamers. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.



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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo


Designed to handle massive compute and visualization workloads...

Models: BX80562Q6600, HH80562PH0568M

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

17 days ago.

This is a processor ahead of time for 10 years


1 month ago.

It's been a great processor in my desktop PC for a number of years, purchased from ebay as a replacement for a slower Core2Duo, added an SSD, better GPU and more RAM and it runs Windows 10 and video editing just fine. Really pleased with my budget upgrade :-)


19 days ago.

Fun and easy to overclock


6 days ago.

Might the best overclocker CPU. Still praised for great OC potential and may the best enthusiast Intel CPU ever.


7 months ago.

one of the best processors from intel


3 months ago.

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


21 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.


20 days ago.

Honestly, perhaps my most succesful buy 10 years ago. I still use it with windows 10 (not for games), and it still runs great. Even if the system is old, if you to it an SSD, It can easily cover all basic needs. Thanks to that i will propably change the system next year (a rysen 3000 series most likely), not because of the processors performance but the mobos limitations.


8 months ago.

Reliable and powerful. 10 years of heavy use.


13 months ago.

all game on max settings what to say else


9 months ago.

Legendary CPU, still after 12 years more than adequate for most tasks


6 days ago.

its okay


10 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.


15 months ago.

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


5 years ago.


2 years ago.

Still works after 8 long hard years !


24 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


4 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!


4 months ago.

Unbeatable Price to Performance ratio.


13 months 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

2 years ago.

For the price this is excelent cpu.


13 months ago.

It’s been more than 11 years. This CPU still holds up to mordern Low power laptop 2c/4t CPUs when overclocked. Still has a little lift left in it.


15 months ago.

Rock solid CPU even after 12 years.


4 years ago.

8 years and counting...

Very good

3 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

2 years ago.

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


17 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


12 days ago.

I use it with a Gt730, an SSD and 8GB Ram. Nothing to envy to modern PCs for eveyday tasks.

1182 Processors (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list.

See how consistently different CPUs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia GTX 1660 $220Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $70
Intel Core i5-9600K $225Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti $275Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $90
Intel Core i7-9700K $350Nvidia RTX 2060S (Super) $429Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $230
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $70SanDisk Extreme 64GB $88
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $37G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $799SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $64Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $73SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback