Average Bench: 26.9% (740th of 1158)

more Based on 36,350 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: 19%Average: 26.9% Great: 35%
Gaming 27%
Desktop 26%
Workstation 16%

Very poor average bench

The Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 averaged 73.0% 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.


Quad Core Integer Speed 217Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 58.1Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 is just 16.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Multi Core Floating Point Speed 105Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 143Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 36,350 samples)
Min Avg Max
45 SC Int 58.1 73.1
20.9 SC Float 27.5 34.6
28.3 SC Mixed 37.3 47.1
32.8% 41 Pts
Min Avg Max
133 QC Int 217 288
65.4 QC Float 102 136
84.6 QC Mixed 139 185
34.8% 153 Pts
Min Avg Max
158 MC Int 223 291
76.1 MC Float 105 137
104 MC Mixed 143 186
24% 157 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA 775, 1 CPU, 3 cores, 3 threads
Base clock 3.25 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 80.3
SC Float 37.9
SC Mixed 51.4
45% 56.5 Pts
QC Int 236
QC Float 111
QC Mixed 151
38% 166 Pts
MC Int 232
MC Float 112
MC Mixed 150
25% 164 Pts
Microprocessor, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 58.9
SC Float 27.6
SC Mixed 37.8
33% 41.4 Pts
QC Int 230
QC Float 109
QC Mixed 148
37% 162 Pts
MC Int 230
MC Float 107
MC Mixed 147
25% 161 Pts
PROCESSOR, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 58.7
SC Float 27.7
SC Mixed 37.1
33% 41.2 Pts
QC Int 236
QC Float 110
QC Mixed 149
38% 165 Pts
MC Int 234
MC Float 110
MC Mixed 150
25% 165 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 56.9
SC Float 27.4
SC Mixed 37.3
32% 40.5 Pts
QC Int 222
QC Float 106
QC Mixed 144
36% 157 Pts
MC Int 230
MC Float 108
MC Mixed 148
25% 162 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 57.2
SC Float 27.2
SC Mixed 37
32% 40.5 Pts
QC Int 220
QC Float 98
QC Mixed 145
35% 154 Pts
MC Int 221
MC Float 104
MC Mixed 143
24% 156 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,143,379 CPUs tested.


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Gaming 12%
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Desktop 27%
Workstation 19%

System: Dell XPS420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $215

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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

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23 days ago.

Great value if you can get it for under 10$ Make sure you have a overclockable motherboard too because you can get some insane OC speeds


9 days ago.

Great processor. Like others on here, been going strong on my PC for about December 2007!!! Still great for most things. Add a decent graphics card and SSD, and it keeps up well.


2 months ago.

it seems better than the rating because it can handle 1080p gaming and 4k video playback.


26 days ago.

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


3 months ago.

one of the best processors from intel


2 months ago.

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


8 months 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.


4 months 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.


4 months ago.

Reliable and powerful. 10 years of heavy use.


9 months ago.

all game on max settings what to say else


5 months ago.

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


6 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.


10 months ago.

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


5 years ago.


21 months ago.

Still works after 8 long hard years !


20 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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!


3 days ago.

Unbeatable Price to Performance ratio.


9 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.


9 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.


11 months ago.

Rock solid CPU even after 12 years.


3 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

24 months ago.

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


13 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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