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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Processor, 2.40 GHz, 8M L2 Cache, LGA 775

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  • Model Number: BX80562Q6600
  • Processor Count: 4
  • Computer CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
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The Intel Core 2 Quad processor is the latest in cutting edge processor technology for the desktop PC. Based on the Intel Core micro-architecture, the Intel Core 2 Quad processor delivers four complete execution cores within a single processor, delivering unprecedented performance and responsiveness. More instructions can be carried out per clock cycle, shorter and wider pipelines execute commands more quickly, and improved bus lanes move data throughout the system faster. Four dedicated, physical threads help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance, so you can experience better multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance across many types of applications and workload. A 4-pin connector is included for fan speed control to help minimize the acoustic noise levels generated from running the fan at higher speeds for thermal performance. Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel EM64T) Execute Disable Bit Digital Thermal Sensor (DTS) Intel designed Thermal Solution for boxed processors CPU Speed - 2.40 GHz PCG - 05B Bus Speed - 1066 MHz Bus/Core Ratio - 9.0 L2 Cache size - 8 MB L2 Cache Speed - 2.40 GHz Package Type - LGA 775 Core Stepping - G0 S-spec - SLACR Core Voltage - 0.85V-1.5V.

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Amazon.com Product Description Four computing cores in a single processor give multitasking users the ultimate edge in efficiency and performance—no matter what software application they are running. With a quad-core processor, multimedia experiences are faster and more responsive as video transfers, image rendering, data compression, and intense gaming applications are streamlined to process seamlessly with remarkable speed. As a result, demanding users can accomplish more in less time.

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Four computing cores in a single processor give multitasking users the ultimate edge in efficiency and performance—no matter what software application they are running. With a quad-core processor, multimedia experiences are faster and more responsive as video transfers, image rendering, data compression, and intense gaming applications are streamlined to process seamlessly with remarkable speed. As a result, demanding users can accomplish more in less time.

Intel® Core™2 Quad-Core Processor Product Highlight
By including up to 8MB of shared L2 cache and Front Side Bus speeds of up to 1066 MHz, the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor pushes the technological innovation envelope farther than ever before. For demanding users, this means the latest and most advanced software applications will open and work faster with excellent responsiveness. When used with the latest multimedia software and next-generation games, dropped frames, long waiting times and stuttering performance are history.

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Intel® Wide Dynamic Execution. Enables the delivery of more instructions per clock cycle for shorter execution times and improved energy efficiency—accomplish more simultaneously and with greater efficiency.

Intel® Intelligent Power Capability. Turning off portions of the processor when they aren't being used improves overall energy efficiency and reduces heat production, resulting in a quieter, more energy efficient system.

Intel® Smart Memory Access. Increasing available data bandwidth means more multitasking with less slowdown—run more demanding applications simultaneously and accomplish more in less time.

Intel® Advanced Smart Cache. Placing data closer to the processing cores improves platform responsiveness and performance with a wide range of applications.

Intel® Advanced Digital Media Boost. Accelerates performance with a broad range of applications including video, speech and image, photo processing, encryption, financial, engineering and scientific applications.

Multimedia
With professional-grade photo, music and HD video editing software readily available for consumers, it's becoming increasingly popular to create, edit, and share entertainment with friends and family. Unfortunately, these same applications are notoriously performance hungry. Built to handle the most demanding software, the four cores of this Intel processor help ensure that when you're working with high-resolution photos, exporting your next audio mashup, or editing HD-quality home movies, your computing platform will be able to keep pace with your creative muse.

Multitasking
A computing platform featuring the Intel Core 2 Quad processor maximizes processing efficiency, allowing users to juggle multiple projects in multiple applications without experiencing the slowdown typically seen with traditional single-core processors. As a result, work and creative projects will get done sooner.

Gaming
Next-generation gaming is more than just pretty environments and smooth motion. Behind the incredible visual realism of waterfalls or the unlucky ricochet of a bullet are intense, high-speed calculations of asset streaming, terrain generation, 3D rendering, and physics effects. When running select next-generation games, each of the cores in the Intel Core 2 Quad processor can be dedicated to individual processes, resulting in smoother, more lifelike graphics and further blurring the line between virtual and reality.
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Product Dimensions 7 x 4 x 7 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Intel
ASIN B000LRMR26
Item model number BX80562Q6600
National Stock Number 5998-01-579-9190,5895-01-585-6587
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4.5 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #66 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > CPU Processors
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com August 9, 2006

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I did not purchase my G0 Q6600 from Amazon. Back in late October, 2007 the G0's were scarce, so I went with a vendor who guaranteed that I would get one (versus the distinct possibility of getting the older "B3" version of the processor with most other vendors, including Amazon).

For the uninitiated, the usefulness of a quad-core CPU versus the more ubiquitous (and less expensive) dual-core version is dubious for most desktop users. Most applications are not multi-threaded and therefore are not able to make use of the extra CPU cores packed onto the Q6600. Your operating system (Windows, Apple OSX, Linux, etc) can, to some extent, "balance" (sometimes) different tasks between cores, in which case a multi-core CPU can yield noticeable advantages.

However, many software developers are adding "multi-thread" capability to future versions of their applications to take advantage of the new processors. Therefore, at this moment, a quad-core CPU is the best bet for "future-proofing" your computer (if there is such a thing), and Intel is the leader of the pack -- by a wide margin (substantiated by every review on the planet).

Why the Q6600?

For starters, the price/performance ratio of the Q6600 is nothing short of remarkable. This processor has single-handedly given the average desktop user high-end, workstation-caliber performance for a price that is simply unimaginable. The Q6600's dual-core sibling, the E6600, is only a few dollars less expensive. The Q6600 is essentially TWO Intel E6600 processors, for only a few dollars more. It's a no-brainer, especially since the Q6600 will run on most of the same motherboards that support the E6600.
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It's 2012 and you're probably wondering whether its worth it right? Before I get into the specific pros and cons of this processor, I wanted to put forth a list of people who SHOULD be considering this processor:

1) People who are looking to upgrade an existing LGA775 computer
2) People who can get a deal on an LGA775 motherboard and DDR2 RAM (this was me)

I happened to get a SWEET deal on an Intel motherboard with 8GB DDR2 ram on eBay - $75!! This means for an extra $90, I had a quad core set up with 8GB of RAM for $165! Now, if you are just setting out to build a computer from scratch, I'm not sure I would recommend going LGA775. The i5 processors are reasonably cheap right now, and the price of DDR3 is downright silly (I mean that in a good way!) Mix that in with a budget motherboard and you have an i5 set-up that would smoke my Core2Quad for around $350, or double the price.

Specifically, here's why I like the Q6600:

1) It is a workhorse! These processors can take a lot of abuse (both in the amount of work they do and how long they do it. I have friends who have been using them non-stop for four years with no signs of giving up the ghost soon!

2) They can handle a good amount. I mostly use my computer for photoshop, Final Cut Pro (more on that below) and some light gaming (L4D competitively and Day of Defeat Source). For my needs, the Q6600 handles things VERY well. Mix in an SSD and you won't notice there isn't an i5 under there for most uses.

3) They are hackintosh (PC running mac) compatible. I have this in a quad-core hackintosh (see whatthetech.info for more information!) and it shows up as a quad-core Xeon in system information. Very stable in OSX, and equal to one of the earlier mac pros (except in price).
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On July 22, this product will take a significant price drop, but if you can't wait, it is an awesome Processor.
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The processor is very good and you can learn more about that over the internet.

The problem is Amazon. The processor has a new revision (G0) for some 4 months now but Amazon is still selling the old and much worse one (B3). I feel cheated for having bought this processor here paying the same price as other people do when buying the much better G0 from other retailers.
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I've seen way too many people being convinced about Yorkfields by the paper. I, however, oppose going to 45nm at all, yet.

Price vs. Specs

Think about it, what do you get from and for how much can you get a Q6600 these days? A Q6600 is about $270-$280 on average and it's almost certain that the B3 stock has been flushed so you can be safe to assume that it's a G0. It does come with a 1066MHz FSB and most importantly, a 9x multiplier.

Now looking at the 45nm version we can throw out the Q9300 as it has less L2 cache (only 6MB) and a 7x multiplier. The only comparable quad would be a Q9450 it seems, with 12MB L2 cache and 1333MHz FSB. Given that Q6600 wasn't exactly priced at what the early chart said ($266) because then you'd have to buy so many of them, it's pretty safe to assume a Q9450 would be around $350 when it surfaces.

We've seen so many 45nm quads (or was it merely a few?) getting 4GHz on air. That all sounds good, don't you think?

Overclocking

I doubt it can be as good. Why would an overclocker care for 1066MHz vs 1333MHz FSB first of all? As you overclock that levels out. At 3.6GHz (450x8) both the Q6600 and Q9450 would be on 1800MHz anyway.

Now look at the multiplier. Apparently there is no way to get 9x multiplier on a 45nm quad unless you go all out and buy a QX9650 or QX9770 which most of us won't. Even with a $500+ Q9550 you would still be getting a 8.5x multiplier.

Of course then you would think: "Who cares? They still overclock better." No, they won't overclock better.
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