Intel Dual-Core E6600 2.4 GHz

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Intel Dual-Core E6600 2.4 GHz

Screams performance. Conserves power. Revolutionizes PCs. With Intel Core2 Duo desktop processor, you'll experience revolutionary performance, unbelie...

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published 11/07/2007 | frozenace
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Pro High overclocking margin, runs cool, good value
Cons If you give it too much VCore, performance degrades
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"Overclockable Beast, Large Cache, Dual Core"

The Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Boxed processor is my first try at the world of dual-core (and eventually multi-core) processing. After building my computer consisting of the Intel processor, EVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard and EVGA 8800 GTX graphics card, topped up with 2 GB of Corsair XMS2 8500 RAM, I was ready to make another attempt at overclocking.

Immediately after purchasing the CPU, I bought a cheap heatpipe fan solution, which didn't keep the CPU cool enough, when running above 3.15 GHz, so I had to upgrade to a Zalman Copper fan later on, which cost around 35 pounds.

The CPU now runs at 3.2 GHz, which is by no means a record, but it is enough and the fan is really quiet, so I can leave it running even when I am sleeping (leaving it to crunch some data).

The 4MB cache makes sure that there is a nice buffer of data for the ALUs and FPU pipeline to keep working, although the theoretical performance is usually never 100% utilised, due to the lack of software making use of multi-threading (apart from some newer games).

If I had the chance now, I would probably go for the QX6600, since it has four cores. Being a computer science graduate, high performance computing is one of the things that interests me, but the E6600 hasn't let me down yet and was at quite a good price point when I bought it in christmas.

Mounting the heatsink is very painful though, since the standard Intel design for the fan clips needs some thinking when mounting them.

If you are trying to upgrade from single to multi-core, make sure that you have your Windows installation at hand, since you need to reinstall Windows with the new hardware to detect SMP (otherwise it will only show one core in the task manager).

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  • Miskah published 11/07/2007
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Product Information : Intel Dual-Core E6600 2.4 GHz

Manufacturer's product description

Screams performance. Conserves power. Revolutionizes PCs. With Intel Core2 Duo desktop processor, you'll experience revolutionary performance, unbelievable system responsiveness, and energy-efficiency built in - up to 40% faster and over 40% more energy efficient. Discover the world's best processors built for the world's best platforms with Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Product Details

Product Description: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / 2.4 GHz processor, Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor

Product Type: Processor

Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

64-bit Computing: Yes

Compatible Processor Socket: LGA775 Socket

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2.4 GHz

Bus Speed: 1066 MHz

Manufacturing Process: 65 nm

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - LGA775 Socket, 1 x processor

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

Designed For: Business Desktop dc5700, dc7700, dx2300, dx2308, dx2700, dx2708, dx7300, dx7380; Workstation xw4400

General

MPN: BX80557E6600, HH80557PH0564M, 418949-001, RB192AV, EX954AV, AH070AV, S26361-F3425-E24

Product Type: Processor

Processor

Type / Form Factor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache Memory Details: L2 - 4 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2.4 GHz

Bus Speed: 1066 MHz

Compatible Processor Socket: LGA775 Socket

Manufacturing Process: 65 nm

Thermal Design Power: 65 W

Thermal Specification: 60.1 °C

Architecture Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology

Cache Memory

Installed Size: 4 MB

Type: Advanced Smart Cache

Expansion / Connectivity

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - LGA775 Socket, 1 x processor

Miscellaneous

Package Type: Intel Boxed, OEM/tray

Included Accessories: Heat sink

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years

Compatibility Information

Designed For: HP Workstation xw4400 ¦ HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5700, dc7700, dx2300, dx2308, dx2700, dx2708, dx7300, dx7380

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