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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 vs Core 2 Quad Q6600

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 advantages

  • In single-threaded applications, the Core 2 Duo E8500 has 43% higher performance.
  • The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 incorporates SSE4.1 instructions.
  • Power consumption of the processor is lower.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 advantages

  • The Intel Q6600 CPU performs 26% better when running multi-threaded programs.
  • Memory performance of the Core 2 Quad Q6600 is better.

E8500 vs Q6600 performance comparison

The charts in the table below show relative performance of Core 2 Duo E8500 and Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPUs in several different kinds of tasks. The numbers in the charts are based on a few benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. As a result, performance in individual benchmarks may be worse or better than what you see in the charts on this page. We also averaged the results for task 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
 
 
1.43
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.26
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.16
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.03
 
1
 
 
Higher is better

  - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500       - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Complete list of benchmarks, that demonstrate difference in performance between Intel E8500 and Q6600 in various types of programs, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


E8500 vs Q6600 power consumption comparison

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

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel E8500 vs Intel Q6600 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core 2 Duo E8500 Core 2 Quad Q6600
General recommendations:
Performs slightly faster in all types of programs,
Features SSE4.1 instructions,
Needs less power
  General recommendations:
Performs faster in multi-threaded applications

Drawbacks:

Not as fast in multi-threaded tasks
 

Drawbacks:

A bit worse overall performance,
Does not support some instructions,
Considerably higher power consumption

Similar processors

Core 2 Duo E8500 Core 2 Quad Q6600
 

Similar microprocessors use the same core and fit the same socket as Intel E8500 and Intel Q6600.


Where to buy


The processors are no longer manufactured. If you are looking for one of them, the best place to check are auction sites, like eBay. Third party sellers at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore 2 DuoCore 2 Quad
Basic details
Model numberE8500Q6600
CPU part numberAT80570PJ0876M
EU80570PJ0876M
HH80562PH0568M
Box part numberBX80570E8500
BXC80570E8500
BX80570E8500A
BX80562Q6600
Introduction dateJanuary 7, 2008January 8, 2007
 
CPU features
Core nameWolfdaleKentsfield
MicroarchitectureCore
Technology (micron)0.0450.065
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 775
Frequency (MHz)31672400
Bus speed (MHz)13331066
Clock Multiplier9.59
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)61448192
Max temperature (°C)72.460.3
TDP (Watt)65105
Max power dissipation (Watt)100.31155.25
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.36250.85 - 1.5
Cores24
Threads24
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+-
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers0
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core 2 Duo E8500" or "Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and Core 2 Quad Q6600 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. ASROCK 4CORE1600TWINS-P35
2. INTEL DP965LT

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3
2. 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 Duo E8500 vs Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 Duo E8500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

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
70.6%111
70.5%221

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
69.8%111
69.5%221


Core 2 Duo E8500 vs Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 Duo E8500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

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%221
99.9%111
76.9%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%221
99.9%111
76.9%111

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.4%221
89.6%111

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
99.9%221
66.9%111

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%221
66.3%111

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.9%221
65.3%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
99.5%221
71.3%111

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%221
99.8%111
74.2%111

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%221
70.2%111


Core 2 Duo E8500 vs Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 Duo E8500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

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
98.0%111
97.6%221

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
95.3%221
94.1%111


Core 2 Duo E8500 vs Core 2 Quad Q6600 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 Duo E8500           Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
72.3%111
71.9%221

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.0%221
86.0%111

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