Intel Core2 Q6600 CPU (Updated)Former staff writer , Bosco - May 3, 2007
Please note we have just added the 5400X2 and the E6700 into this review bring a total of 7 CPU's into the article including the Q6600.
It's that time of the year again. Your single or even dual core CPU is starting to feel the strain of multi-tasking, and you just need more power. That’s right, it's time for that dreaded "U" word. Upgrade. For the average user, an upgrade comes every couple of years. But for those of us who are always straining to keep up with the bleeding edge of technology, those upgrades can usually be measured in weeks. If you are looking for a new processor, the decision ultimately comes down to either Intel or AMD. While the two companies have always been trading the performance crown back and forth, currently Intel has a very firm grasp of it. With the release of its Q6600 processor a couple weeks ago at CES 2007, Intel has tightened that grasp even further.
That’s right, you read it properly. Q6600 stands for Quad Core 6600. If a dual core CPU isn’t cutting it, I wonder how a quad core will do. Intel was nice enough to provide us with a Q6600 engineering sample to perform all of our testing on. In this review, we will be running over the basic change of CPU architecture as well as the mild overclocking of this processor. The introduction of a line of quad core processors is a big step for Intel. With the release of the Core 2 Duo CPUs, the company took the lead in CPU performance. With the release of a Quad line, Intel has propelled itself even further into the lead. As to whether these Quad core CPUs will yield a noticeable difference or not, we will soon find out. With applications either starting to be produced or updated, programmers are finally starting to include multi-threading support to use multiple CPUs. The real question that I have been countlessly asked is: "Do quad core CPUs provide actual real life performance gains, or is it purely a benchmark gain?" That is just one of the questions that this review will be answering!
There isn’t all that much to look at with this being a CPU review, so I will be taking a brief look over some of the advances for this genre of processor. When I first got this CPU I had not had that much experience with socket 775 processors. The IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) of these CPU’s are actually very small, the processor itself also seems smaller than its P4, and Pentium D brethren. Though I think the CPU size is about the same, the reason it looks smaller is the low rise IHS, and the slight lip that the IHS has on the sides.