2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2009 8:19 AM by Javed Lodhi

    Duo vs quad

      what is the difference in everyday home performance, no gaming, between the intel core2 duo p8600 (2.4ghz) w/ 6mb DDR2 and 3mb L2cache and the core2 quad q9000 (2.0ghz) w/ 6mb DDR2 and 6mb L2 cache? I'm a simple user trying to decide on a laptop, please go easy on me. I know the quad is better at multitasking, but is it worth the extra money for everyday use?

        • 1. Re: Duo vs quad
          Javed Lodhi

          i Steve,

          Like you said, Core2Quad would definitely help you in multitasking better but then it would help you consume less electricity giving you better performance since it has twice the L2 Cache size with two additional cores and I would def. advise you to go for Q9000 however if the price margin is too much and you do not want to pay 100 extra bucks, you can always go with P8600 which itself is a pretty neat and powerful processor. I have listed a one-to-one technical comparison below for you to see. You can check it out and in case of any further query, confusion or suggestion required, feel free to contact us.

          Thank you and have a nice day!


          Compare Intel® Products

          Remove ProductRemove Product
          NameIntel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9000 (6M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8600 (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
          Launch DateQ1'09Q3'08
          Processor NumberQ9000P8600
          # of Cores42
          Clock Speed2 GHz2.4 GHz
          Cache6 MB L2 Cache3 MB L2 Cache
          Bus TypeFSBFSB
          System Bus1066 MHz1066 MHz
          FSB ParityNoNo
          Instruction Set64-bit64-bit
          Supplemental SKUNoNo
          Lithography45 nm45 nm
          Max TDP45 W25 W
          VID Voltage Range1.050V-1.150V
          1ku Bulk Budgetary Price$348.00$209.00
          Package Specifications
          Thermal Specification100°C
          Package Size35mm x 35mm35 mm x 35mm
          Die Size107 mm2107 mm2
          # of Transistors410 million410 million
          Sockets SupportedPGA478BGA479, PGA478
          Halogen Free Options AvailableYesYes
          Advanced Technologies
          Intel® Virtualization TechnologyYesYes
          Execute Disable BitYes
          Enhanced Intel® Speedstep TechnologyYesYes
          Enhanced Halt State (C1E)Yes
          Intel® 64YesYes
          Intel® Demand Based SwitchingNoNo
          Intel® Turbo Boost TechnologyNoNo
          Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyNoNo
          Intel® Trusted Execution TechnologyYesYes

          Warm Regards,
          Javed Lodhi
          Intel Go Green, Save The Environment!

          • 2. Re: Duo vs quad
            Javed Lodhi

            Hi Steve,

            Since you are a user who is looking forward to buying a laptop that would serve your day-to-day needs, I suppose you are not looking forward to graphical rendering, playing heavy games, etc; I suppose Core2Duo would be sufficient. Curiosity kills the cat, I can't help asking .. what are the prices of the said laptops and what is your actual budget?

            Let me know and perhaps we can actually give you a better suggestion in terms of saving money.

            Thank you, have a nice day!


            Warm Regards,

            Javed Lodhi

            Intel Go Green, Save The Environment!