Average Bench: 27% (708th of 1129)

more Based on 30,054 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: 27% Great: 35%
Gaming 27%
Desktop 26%
Workstation 16%

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.


Quad Core Integer Speed 218Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 58Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 is just 16.8%. 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 106Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 144Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 30,054 samples)
Min Avg Max
41.8 SC Int 58 73.7
19.9 SC Float 27.6 34.8
27.1 SC Mixed 37.3 47.2
32.8% 41 Pts
Min Avg Max
122 QC Int 218 293
61.6 QC Float 103 137
85.8 QC Mixed 140 187
35.1% 154 Pts
Min Avg Max
146 MC Int 224 293
70.4 MC Float 106 138
95.4 MC Mixed 144 188
24.1% 158 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 73.2
SC Float 34.5
SC Mixed 47
41% 51.6 Pts
QC Int 293
QC Float 137
QC Mixed 184
47% 205 Pts
MC Int 293
MC Float 139
MC Mixed 190
32% 207 Pts
LGA 775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 58.6
SC Float 27.5
SC Mixed 37.3
33% 41.1 Pts
QC Int 230
QC Float 108
QC Mixed 148
37% 162 Pts
MC Int 232
MC Float 106
MC Mixed 149
25% 162 Pts
LGA775, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz
SC Int 55.1
SC Float 27.3
SC Mixed 36.5
32% 39.6 Pts
QC Int 223
QC Float 108
QC Mixed 145
36% 159 Pts
MC Int 211
MC Float 109
MC Mixed 138
23% 153 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 53
SC Float 16.6
SC Mixed 34.3
28% 34.6 Pts
QC Int 145
QC Float 63.6
QC Mixed 92
23% 100 Pts
MC Int 180
MC Float 94.5
MC Mixed 123
20% 133 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,539,232 CPUs tested.


Approx. $130 @ launch in Jan '07
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Typical Core2 Quad Q6600 Builds (Compare 598 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop 31%
Sail boat
Workstation 20%

System: Dell XPS420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $232

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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

Added 4 years ago.


1 month 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


1 month ago.

one of the best processors from intel


2 days ago.

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


1 month 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.


2 months ago.

all game on max settings what to say else


14 months ago.

Reliable and powerful. 10 years of heavy use.


17 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.


4 years ago.


3 months ago.

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


13 months ago.

Still works after 8 long hard years !


12 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!


2 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

23 months ago.

For the price this is excelent cpu.


1 month 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.


3 months ago.

Rock solid CPU even after 12 years.


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

16 months ago.

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


6 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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