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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-2120

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 advantages



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Intel Core i3-2120 advantages



Intel Core i3-2120
  • The Intel i3-2120 is 77% faster in single-threaded tasks.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the Intel i3-2120 is better.
  • The CPU performs 49% faster when running memory-intensive applications.
  • The Core i3-2120 processor has SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.
  • The CPU supports AVX instructions. While these extensions are not widely used by programs yet, their support should improve in future applications.
  • Besides 2 CPU cores, the microprocessor incorporates HD 2000 GPU. This graphics unit replaces low-end graphics card, and thus lowers the cost of the system.
  • Power consumption of the Core i3-2120 is lower.

Q6600 vs i3-2120 performance comparison

The charts in the section below show relative performance of Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i3-2120 processors in a number of different kinds of tasks. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. As such, the displayed results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests. The 'Overall performance' calculates an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each type of application.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.77
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.23
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.49
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.46
 
 
Higher is better

  - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600       - Intel Core i3-2120

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for complete list of benchmarks, demonstrating performance difference between Intel Q6600 and Intel Core i3-2120 in various types of programs.


Q6600 vs i3-2120 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
105W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Q6600 vs Intel i3-2120 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 i3-2120
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Higher performance in all program types,
Features SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX instructions,
Comes with HD 2000 GPU,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Somewhat slow,
Does not support some instructions,
Comes without integrated graphics,
Requires much more power,
No products planned for the socket
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Core i3-2120
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as Intel Q6600 and i3-2120, however their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.


Where to buy


These processors are no longer manufactured. For that reason the best place to look for them is 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 i3-2120 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600Intel Core i3-2120
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore 2 QuadCore i3
Basic details
Model numberQ6600i3-2120
CPU part numberHH80562PH0568MCM8062301044204
Box part numberBX80562Q6600BX80623I32120
BXC80623I32120
Introduction dateJanuary 8, 2007February 20, 2011
 
CPU features
Core nameKentsfieldSandy Bridge
MicroarchitectureCoreSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0650.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 775Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)24003300
Bus speed (MHz)1066 
Clock Multiplier933
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)8192512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)60.369.1
TDP (Watt)10565
Max power dissipation (Watt)155.25 
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.5 
Cores42
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions-+
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 2000
 
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 i3-2120" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i3-2120 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 P8P67
2. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
3. INTEL DP965LT
4. ASUS P8H61-M

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. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)
3. INTEGRATED ON-CHIP INTEL SANDY BRIDGE GRAPHICS

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 i3-2120 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 i3-2120

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
55.9%222
49.6%332
44.4%423

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
99.3%423
56.1%222
56.1%332

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%423
70.3%222
69.9%332

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
99.5%423
56.5%222
56.2%332


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-2120 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 i3-2120

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%111
99.4%423
88.1%332
88.0%222

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%111
99.4%423
88.1%332
88.1%222

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%423
98.9%111
73.1%222
72.0%332

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%222
99.9%332
83.6%111
83.6%423

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.9%423
85.5%222
85.2%332

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-2120

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
99.9%332
68.4%111
68.0%423

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
99.7%423
84.5%222
84.1%332

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
99.7%423
72.7%332
72.5%222

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
99.7%423
83.1%222
83.1%332


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-2120 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.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.
     

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i3-2120

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
20.2%423
8.9%222
8.8%332

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
31.2%423
22.1%222
22.0%332

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
28.0%332
27.6%222
22.8%423


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i3-2120 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 i3-2120

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%423
94.6%222
94.0%332

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.4%423
64.4%222
64.3%332

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%423
99.9%111
67.7%222
67.0%332

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i3-2120 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 GHzi3-2120
Frequency2397 MHz3310 MHz
CWID version0.30.4
Part numberHH80562PH0568MCM8062301044204
S-Spec / Stepping CodeSL9UMSR05Y
 
General information
VendorGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Cores42
Logical processors4
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
CPUID signature6F7206A7
Family 6 (06h)
Model15 (0Fh)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 7 (07h)
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: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
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 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 12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AVX-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3+
 
Additional instructions
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ-+
POPCNT-+
RDTSCP-+
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE/XRESTORE states-+
 
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+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
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+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
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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