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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 BX80562Q6600 Processor

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  • 1066 MHz FSB
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Are you a leader of the pack hunting for monster performance? Well the hunt ends here! With four execution cores, the Intel Core 2 Quad processor blows through processor-intensive tasks in demanding multitasking environments and makes the most of highly threaded applications. Whether you're creating multimedia, annihilating your gaming enemies, or running compute-intensive applications at one time, new quad-core processing will change the way you do everything. Pioneer the new world of quad-core and unleash the power of multithreading.

The Intel Core 2 Quad processor is at the center of today’s most interactive and content rich software experiences. The evolving set of threaded multi-media applications, including digital content creation, will shine as users are able to complete tasks faster. Game play can achieve even greater visualization and realism as tasks such as artificial intelligence (AI), physics, and rendering can be distributed across each of the four complete execution cores and run in parallel.

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  • newegg Intel Core 2 Quad-core Processor With four processing cores, the multitasking monster Quad-Core Intel Core 2 processor delivers twice the performance on highly-threaded applications, taking your desktop PC experience into a completely new realm of mega power. The powerful processor delivers serious performance on the ultra-demanding games of today and tomorrow.
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  • newegg Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) EIST allows the system to dynamically adjust processor voltage and core frequency to decrease average power consumption and average heat production. Combined with existing power saving features, EIST may provide an excellent balance between providing power when you need it and conserving power when you don’t.
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  • newegg Execute Disable Bit (EDB) Intel's Execute Disable Bit function can prevent certain classes of malicious "buffer overflow" attacks when combined with a supporting operating system. Execute Disable Bit allows the processor to classify areas in memory where application code can execute and where it cannot. When a malicious worm attempts to insert code in the buffer, the processor disables code execution, preventing damage or worm propagation.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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5/ 5
Great Processor 4/20/2018 9:44:00 PM

Pros: Purchased 6/29/2009 and still works great as of 4/20/2018. Even the old intel stock fan is quiet and functional.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: About 9 years old and only replaced the thermal paste one time, still does its job. Looking forward to using an Intel processor again for my new build.

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5/ 5
Giving it New Life *Update* 10/12/2017 1:25:57 PM

Pros: This CPU has been in the family for a few years, but since it was sitting in a Gateway only running in a 32-bit OS, it never really had a chance to spread its wings and fly. I'm changing that now with a rebuild, starring this little bad boy. It's saved me a bundle of cash in a tight economy, and that's a definite plus!

**Update** It's been 5 years since I first wrote this review, and this CPU is still running strong at nearly 10 years old. This CPU has been a flawless performer for more than 10 years, and I really hate to give it up. But the motherboard limitations on this chip, and the advancement in tech necessitate an upgrade. Over the past five years since I used it in my upgrade, it has worked tirelessly and flawlessly, with zero problems and outstanding performance. If it wasn't for the memory limitations of the motherboard, I'd probably keep using it.

Cons: I don't have a single one.

**Update** Seeing as this chip is 10+ years old, the motherboards that support it are quite limited in what they can do. Right now, all I can use is 8GB of DDR3 1333 RAM... not too many applications where that is acceptable for games these days. This old gal is showing her age. Time for moving on.

Overall Review: I can't wait to get this CPU into a 64-bit OS environment and see what she can do.

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5/ 5
A good one 9/26/2017 2:39:56 PM

Pros: I bought this cpu for gaming in 2006, sold the Pc I installed it in with the cpu around 2010. I built another PC for the person I sold it to last month and they just gave it back for free pretty much. The Pc is hooked to a big screen tv in my bedroom running Win 10 and the only hardware I've added is a ssd drive. Its still fast. Not for new games although I haven't tried but it runs windows 10 really well, fast and stable watching youtube, Netflix, Facebook and Office.. love it and it boots fast too.

Cons: Like other said its old.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great reliability and strong performance 8/25/2017 12:25:23 PM

Pros: I've been running this on a computer for almost 10 years now! I had it overclocked slightly early on, but now it's running stock speeds. I've re purposed the computer it was in for a home server, and this processor still gets taxed encoding on the fly with plex. Definitely not as capable as newer processors, but for a 10 year old one, it's solid.

Excellent reliability. Fan died about a year ago, but that was replaced and the processor is still running strong.

Cons: It's an older processor...

Overall Review: Probably wouldn't recommend buying, unless it's a solid deal used just because of the age, but if you get one, from my experience it'll last a long time

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
About to be a 10 year owner 7/28/2017 5:28:31 PM

Pros: Reliable

Cons: None

Overall Review: -Incredible product, I am an IT professional and challenge people's ideas about system longevity with this thing.
-When it dies it will be place on my badge reel with glue, to be worn alternatively with my 386 badge reel.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing Processor chip 6/19/2017 9:00:58 PM

Pros: For an 8+ year old processor it still performs optimally. Granted I never overclocked the computer, I am impressed with how quick it is and still runs modern video games well enough.

Cons: No cons at all.

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5/ 5
Since people are still reviewing this, my two cents 3/28/2017 7:19:59 PM

Pros: Rock solid cpu.
On a low end motherboard that will take it, still competitive with some entry level desktops and many laptops today.
On a high end motherboard that will take advantage of its awesome overclockability, even better.

Cons: Its fairly low multiplier and relatively high power draw mean it needs a good MB and heatsink to reach its real overlcoking potential.

Overall Review: Back in 2009 I built a general purpose computer for myself using a GA-EP45-UD3R, an e5200 ( which I could run at 3.75), a hd 5570 and some ocz 1066 memory. It served my purposes for a couple of years until I built a i5-i5-3570k machine and passed this on on to my mother. Around then a e7500 fell in to my lap so I upgraded it and ran it at 4.0. It served her as well as it had done me.

Then she retired and became a computer junkie. It couldn't handle her twenty browser tabs, music and open games. So I picked up the q6600 used for 25 dollars. It was like building a new computer. At stock it had impressive performance far beyond even the overclocked e7500. But, when I overclocked it ( since I visit frequently and use it when I am there,) its strengths became truly apparent. Even with a stock heat sink it easily hit 3.2 and based on benchmarks that 25 percent increase had a greater than 25 percent effect on total performance. Later, when I upgraded my computer to liquid and put my 212 evo on hers, 3.8 became the new standard and several hours at 4.2 ( in the winter she keeps a cool house.) Just for expletive deleted and giggles I put a gtx 960 on it for a few days and it ran most modern games as almost as well as my i5-3570K at 4.6 ( the difference was only discernible in benchmarks) I believe with liquid 4.2 would have been 24/7. Evan at 3.8, while not comparable with a modern enthusiasts computer, it is equal to or better than 80 percent of the modern computers I get called upon to fix for friends and relatives.

While I no longer use this cpu ( board mod to x5460) its life continues in the computer of a neighbor where it runs at stock and serves all of her needs. This thing is truly unstoppable.

I hope I didn't bore you with detail. The point I am trying to make is that this is a rugged, versatile chip that can serve base users, tinkerers, and enthusiasts when coupled with the right equipment. It would be a great upgrade for someone with an old machine, even at stock and for a tinkerer, it will provide a computer that will do basics for the rest of your life. If I had kept it, my next step would have been to turn it in to an underclocked media server with a giant passive heatsink.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Satellite grade silicon! 12/2/2016 9:15:12 PM

Pros: Intel really out did themselves on this CPU. I recently upgraded to an i7-5820k from this sweet sweet silicon slice... There is really no appreciable increase in performance, from a casual users CPU perspective. I only got a new system because it was 8 years old, and it was time. My Q6600 has been OCed to 3200 and water cooled for about 12000 hrs of time now, and has only complained when i really tried to push the limits. Other than that, its run like a marine diesel - unstoppable.

Cons: None

Overall Review: How does this thing keep going?

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