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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-550

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 advantages

  • None

Intel Core i3-550 advantages

  • In single-threaded applications, the Intel Core i3-550 has 56% better performance.
  • In multi-threaded tasks, the microprocessor has 5% higher performance.
  • This CPU performs 11% faster when running memory-intensive programs.
  • The i3-550 has SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions enabled.
  • Like many modern processors, the i3-550 embeds Graphics Processing Unit. This GPU is not fast enough to run latest games at full resolution, but it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Power consumption of the processor is lower.

Q6600 vs i3-550 performance comparison

The charts below show performance of Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i3-550 microprocessors in a number of different kinds of tasks. The results in the charts are calculated from a few benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. Consequentally, the shown results may differ from results, that you may see in individual tests. We also averaged the numbers for application type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.56
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.05
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.11
 
 
Higher is better
Discrete Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.15
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600       - Intel Core i3-550

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for exhaustive list of benchmarks, showing difference in performance between Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel i3-550 in various types of programs.


Q6600 vs i3-550 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
105W
 
73W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Intel i3-550 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of internal features of both CPUs is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Core i3-550
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Better overall performance,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 instructions,
Integrates HD (Nehalem) graphics,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Somewhat worse performance in all task types,
Does not support some instructions,
No on-chip graphics,
Higher power consumption
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Core i3-550
 

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i3-550, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.


Where to buy


The microprocessors are no longer manufactured. If you need one of them, the best place to look are auction websites, like eBay. Marketplace sellers at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i3-550 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600Intel Core i3-550
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore 2 QuadCore i3
Basic details
Model numberQ6600i3-550
CPU part numberHH80562PH0568MCM80616003174AJ
Box part numberBX80562Q6600BX80616I3550
BXC80616I3550
Introduction dateJanuary 8, 2007May 30, 2010
 
CPU features
Core nameKentsfieldClarkdale
MicroarchitectureCoreNehalem
Technology (micron)0.0650.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 775Socket 1156
Frequency (MHz)24003200
Bus speed (MHz)1066 
Clock Multiplier9 
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)8192512
L3 cache (KB) 4096
Max temperature (°C)60.372.6
TDP (Watt)10573
Max power dissipation (Watt)155.25 
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.50.65 - 1.4
Cores42
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD (Nehalem)
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers01
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600" or "Intel Core i3-550" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i3-550 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASUS P7P55D
2. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
3. INTEL DP965LT

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3
2. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
3. 2GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM2X1024-6400C4

VID - Video card(s):
1. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-550 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.

     

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-550

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
96.1%221
85.3%331

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
67.5%221
67.4%331

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
74.3%221
73.8%331

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
61.1%221
60.8%331


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-550 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.

     

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-550

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%331
99.9%221
97.4%111

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%331
99.9%221
97.4%111

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
97.5%221
96.0%331

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.9%331
73.9%111

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
85.5%221
85.3%331

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-550

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.9%331
66.6%111

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
85.3%221
85.0%331

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
81.2%331
81.1%221

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
86.7%221
86.7%331


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-550 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.

     

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-550

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.8%221
99.5%331

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.1%221
97.7%331

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
93.1%331
91.9%221


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-550 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.

     

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-550

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%221
99.4%331
98.3%111

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
69.7%221
69.5%331

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
90.5%221
89.5%331

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i3-550 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerIntel
CPU FamilyCore 2 QuadCore i3
Model / Processor Number2.40 GHzi3-550
Frequency2397 MHz3614 MHz
CWID version0.30.4
Part numberHH80562PH0568MCM80616003174AJ
S-Spec / Stepping CodeSL9UMSLBUD
 
General information
VendorGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHzIntel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Cores42
Logical processors4
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
CPUID signature6F720655
Family 6 (06h)
Model15 (0Fh)37 (025h)
Stepping 7 (07h) 5 (05h)
TLB/Cache details3rd-level cache: 4-MB, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size (Intel Xeon processor MP, Family 0Fh, Model 06h), 2nd-level cache: 4-MB, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 256 entries
Data TLB: 4-MB Pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB pages, 4-way, 8 entries or 4M pages, 4-way, 4 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 128 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
L1 Data TLB: 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 16 entries
64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, fully associative, 7 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Size32 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity8-way set associative4-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Size32 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments Non-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Size4 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 16-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Direct-mapped|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 4 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3+
 
Additional instructions
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
POPCNT-+
RDTSCP-+
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
 
Other features
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store+
Debug store+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability+
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Model-specific registers+
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable+
Perfmon and Debug capability+
Physical address extensions+
Process context identifiers-+
Self-snoop+
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states-+
Thermal monitor+
Thermal monitor 2+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities+
Time stamp counter+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
xTPR Update Control+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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