Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i7-3770K

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 advantages



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Intel Core i7-3770K advantages



Intel Core i7-3770K
  • This CPU is 125% faster in single-threaded tasks.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the microprocessor is better.
  • In memory-intensive applications, the Intel Core i7-3770K has 139% higher performance.
  • SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions are enabled on this CPU.
  • The Core i7-3770K includes AES, or Advanced Encryption Standard, technology. This extension provides hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and is useful if you run programs, that protect your disk or network data.
  • The Core i7-3770K has AVX and F16C instructions enabled. Although these extensions are not widely supported by applications yet, their support should improve in future apps.
  • The Intel Core i7-3770K microprocessor is unlocked. As a result, the CPU can be effortlessly overclocked on most motherboards to achieve better performance. Be aware that overclocking voids warranty of the microprocessor.
  • Like many modern microprocessors, the i7-3770K has integrated graphics unit. While this GPU is not fast enough to play latest games with all settings on, it can be used for casual gaming and 3D applications.
  • Power consumption of the Core i7-3770K is lower.

Q6600 vs i7-3770K performance comparison

The charts in the section below illustrate relative performance of Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i7-3770K processors in different types of programs. To calculate displayed numbers we averaged results for a few tests for each specific application type. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be worse or better than what you see in the charts here. We also averaged the numbers for task type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.25
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.54
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.39
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.39
 
 
Higher is better

  - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600       - Intel Core i7-3770K

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for complete list of benchmarks, demonstrating difference in performance between Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i7-3770K in various types of programs.


Q6600 vs i7-3770K power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
105W
 
77W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Intel Core i7-3770K specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both CPUs is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Core i7-3770K
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Considerably faster in general,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 / AVX / F16C instructions,
Allows effortless overclocking,
Integrates HD 4000 graphics,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Significantly lower overall performance,
Lacks some instructions,
No on-chip graphics,
Higher power,
Obsolete socket
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Core i7-3770K
 

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel i7-3770K, however their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.

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More comparisons

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  Pentium 4 800FSB
  AMD 3.3GHz 8MB

Specifications

Please visit Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i7-3770K pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600Intel Core i7-3770K
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore 2 QuadCore i7
Basic details
Model numberQ6600i7-3770K
CPU part numberHH80562PH0568MCM8063701211700
CM8063701211701
Box part numberBX80562Q6600BX80637I73770K
BXC80637I73770K
Introduction dateJanuary 8, 2007April 23, 2012
Current official price $332 (as of Mar 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameKentsfieldIvy Bridge
MicroarchitectureCoreIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0650.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 775Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)24003500
Turbo Frequency (MHz) 3900 / 3900 / 3800 / 3700
Bus speed (MHz)1066 
Clock Multiplier935
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)81921024
L3 cache (KB) 8192
Max temperature (°C)60.3 
TDP (Watt)10577
Max power dissipation (Watt)155.25 
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.5 
Cores4
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard-+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions-+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost-+
Unlocked multiplier-+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD 4000
 
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 i7-3770K" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core i7-3770K 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. ASUS P8H61-M
4. 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. 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 i7-3770K 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 i7-3770K

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
41.7%222
40.6%323
37.0%432

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%323
100%111
44.5%222
44.4%432

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.6%323
56.9%222
56.6%432

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
99.7%323
44.4%222
44.2%432


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i7-3770K 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 i7-3770K

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%323
99.3%111
41.4%432
41.4%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%323
99.3%111
41.5%432
41.4%222

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
97.9%111
40.4%222
39.7%432

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%111
99.2%323
53.7%222
53.6%432

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
36.7%222
36.6%432

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600           Intel Core i7-3770K

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
64.4%222
64.3%432

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
99.1%323
37.2%222
37.1%432

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
99.5%323
31.3%432
31.2%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
100%323
36.2%222
36.2%432


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i7-3770K 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 i7-3770K

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
32.9%323
8.7%222
8.7%432

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
34.8%323
17.4%222
17.3%432

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
36.3%323
21.0%432
20.7%222


Core 2 Quad Q6600 vs Core i7-3770K 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 i7-3770K

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.3%111
82.1%222
81.7%432

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.6%323
44.1%222
44.0%432

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.7%111
42.0%222
41.5%432

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core i7-3770K 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 i7
Model / Processor Number2.40 GHzi7-3770K
Frequency2397 MHz3491 MHz
CWID version0.30.4
Part numberHH80562PH0568MCM8063701211700
S-Spec / Stepping CodeSL9UMSR0PL
 
General information
VendorGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
Cores4
Logical processors48
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
CPUID signature6F7306A9
Family 6 (06h)
Model15 (0Fh)58 (03Ah)
Stepping 7 (07h) 9 (09h)
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 KB4 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Size32 KB4 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments Non-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Size4 MB4 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 16-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 8 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AES-+
AVX-+
F16C-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3+
 
Additional instructions
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
Enhanced REP MOVSB/STOSB-+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ-+
POPCNT-+
RD/WR FSGSBASE instructions-+
RDRAND-+
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+
Turbo Boost-+
 
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+
Supervisor Mode Execution Protection-+
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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