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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Processor Review

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: All things considered equalled, enthusiasts like you are no doubt most attracted to the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 because it offers the best mix of cache size and clock speed.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Mar 14 2007   Max Page  
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Overclocking, lots of fun here!

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

3.4 GHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Intel Core 2 Duo has an excellent reputation for overclocking as you know and we have heard some fantastic stories even on stock cooling. By default the Core 2 Duo E6600 processor operates at 2.4 GHz with a 9x multiplier running on a 1066 MHz FSB. We've teamed this processor up with the Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard and a nice 2GB set of Corsair's Twin2X2048-6400C4 DDR2-800 memory.

By default the Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard is clocked at 266 MHz FSB, and its speed will be increased in 5 MHz at a time. From the start the E6600 CPU was definitely up to our overclocking challenge! The system cracked through the 300 MHz FSB barrier (2.7 GHz CPU speed) without even breaking a sweat, with one FPU tied behind its back.

At 2.84 GHz (315 MHz FSB) the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 started to display some stability problems, increasing the CPU voltage to 1.25V solved this. The Core 2 Duo E6600 went past 3 GHz or 334 MHz FSB. Shortly there after, the voltage had to be increased again, this time to 1.3 V, to hit 3.2 GHz (356 MHz FSB).

At this point the motherboard started to give us issues, increasing the Intel P965 Express voltage was then necessary. The E6600 was able to make it up to a whopping 3.4 GHz (378 MHz FSB) in the end! Both the chipset and CPU were running quite hot, additional cooling is definitely advised.

The overclocking tests were done with the stock retail heatsink. I would say 3.4 GHz from a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 is pretty good. It's like overclocking with a Pentium 4 2.4C all over again. ;-) In the near future we're going to put the Core 2 Duo E6600 under the Prometeia Mach II GT's cold touch, and I know the processor will really fly. However that's a story for another time... Yes I know I'm a tease. ;-)

Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration

Over the following page we'll be running the socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor though PCSTATS standard set of gaming, productivity, and 64-bit processor benchmarks. There are a wide variety of gaming and synthetic benchmarks here to illustrate what kind of performance boost users can expect from these latest, dual core 64-bit processor.

The specific details of how the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor test systems were configured for benchmarking - including the hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - are indicated below. In the third and fourth columns are the general specs for the AMD and Intel reference platforms that the dual core Core 2 Duo E6600 is being compared against.

Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next several pages.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System #1 AMD Reference System Intel Reference System
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 AMD Athlon64 FX-62
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+
AMD Sempron 3600+
Intel Pentium D 840
Intel Pentium D 940
Socket: Socket 775 Socket AM2 Socket 775
Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz
13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
Chipset: Intel P965 Express nForce 590 SLI Intel 975X
Motherboards: Asus P5B Deluxe Asus M2N32SLI-DLX Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: 2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500 DDR-2
Memory Latency: 4-4-4-12 4-4-4-12 5-5-5-15
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen DVD writer AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.2.2
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 9.34
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.2.2
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
Benchmarks:
32-Bit Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Maya Render Test
Super Pi 1.1
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
Doom 3
Quake 4
FarCry
FEAR

64-Bit Benchmarks:
PCMark04
PCMark05
Cinebench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0
Mini-GZIP
DiVX Encoding

CPU Load 3D Tests:
Prime95 + 3DMark05
Prime95 + Doom 3
Prime95 + FEAR

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Contents of Article: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
 Pg 1.  Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Intel's Socket 775 Families and Technologies
 Pg 3.  Performance-Per-Watt Metrics
 Pg 4.  — Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Overclocking, lots of fun here!
 Pg 5.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 6.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Maya Render
 Pg 7.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Super Pi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Pure 32-Bit Benchmarks: FarCry, FEAR
 Pg 11.  64 Bit Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2
 Pg 12.  64 Bit Benchmarks: Mini-GZip, DiVX Encoding
 Pg 13.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Multi-Threaded Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 15.  Dual-Core Core 2 Duo is Coretastic!

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