Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550: specs and benchmarks


Combined performance score

Core 2 Quad Q9550
4 cores / 4 threads


This is an Yorkfield architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 45 manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2830 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is LGA775 processor with a TDP of 95 Watt. It supports DDR1,DDR2,DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 1.53% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WXRyzen ThreadripperPRO 7995WX

General info

Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2007
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money2.80
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesCore 2 Quad (Desktop)
Architecture codenameYorkfield (2007−2009)
Release dateno data
Current price$54 of 17802 (Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Boost clock speed2.83 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support1333 MHz
L2 cache12288 KBof 36864 (Apple M2 Max)
Chip lithography45 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplierNo


Information on Core 2 Quad Q9550 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Power consumption (TDP)95 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core 2 Quad Q9550's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR1,DDR2,DDR3of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core 2 Quad Q9550. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Core 2 Quad Q9550 1.53


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 2338

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 368

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 1045

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 3106

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 10825

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 4230

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Core 2 Quad Q9550 3

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core 2 Quad Q9550 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core 2 Quad Q9550 is Athlon II X4 645, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our ranking.

Athlon II X4 645Athlon IIX4 645

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core 2 Quad Q9550:

AMD A8-3850 100.65
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 100
AMD A8-3870K 98.04

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core 2 Quad Q9550, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core 2 Quad Q9550 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 5528 configurations based on Core 2 Quad Q9550 in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.2% (11/5528)
RTX 4080 GeForce RTX 4080
0.05% (3/5528)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.2% (9/5528)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.04% (2/5528)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.3% (17/5528)
RTX 4070 GeForce RTX 4070
0.02% (1/5528)
RX 6900 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
0.05% (3/5528)
RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.2% (10/5528)
RX 6800 XT Radeon RX 6800 XT
0.04% (2/5528)
RX 7800 XT Radeon RX 7800 XT
0.05% (3/5528)

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