Average Bench: 64% (167th of 1059)

more Based on 36,463 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 0FEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000, 4920555043070506, 0F8BFBFF000206A7, 1F8BFBFF000206A7, 4920555043080306, 0FABFBFF000206A7, 1FABFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000206A6, 1FEBFBFF000206A7 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 4.00GHz

If there is any chance whatsoever that you may decide to overclock your CPU then it makes a lot more sense to go for the 2600K "K" version which, thanks to its unlocked clock multiplier, is a lot easier to overclock. For the few extra pounds it costs, I would recommend taking the K version just on the off chance because there are easily 10%+ performance gains to be had. Otherwise this is still a superb processor and still holds its own against the i7-4770 which is its two generations newer replacement. [Feb '12 CPUPro]

Poor: 52%Average: 64% Great: 73%
Gaming 64%
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 46%

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 36.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Single Core Integer Speed 91.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 92.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is 20.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Multi Core Floating Point Speed 452Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 453Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 36,463 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.8 SC Int 91.8 102
78.3 SC Float 92.8 102
76.1 SC Mixed 92.4 102
73.9% 92.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
231 QC Int 308 368
244 QC Float 313 369
246 QC Mixed 312 367
70.5% 311 Pts
Min Avg Max
360 MC Int 439 494
366 MC Float 452 510
364 MC Mixed 453 509
67.1% 448 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.8
SC Float 99.4
SC Mixed 98.2
79% 98.8 Pts
QC Int 294
QC Float 323
QC Mixed 328
71% 315 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 465
MC Mixed 474
70% 466 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 93.8
SC Float 94.3
SC Mixed 94.7
75% 94.3 Pts
QC Int 316
QC Float 340
QC Mixed 334
75% 330 Pts
MC Int 458
MC Float 471
MC Mixed 473
70% 467 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93
SC Float 93
SC Mixed 92.3
74% 92.8 Pts
QC Int 303
QC Float 308
QC Mixed 308
69% 306 Pts
MC Int 427
MC Float 447
MC Mixed 430
65% 435 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.6
SC Float 93.8
SC Mixed 96.2
77% 95.9 Pts
QC Int 286
QC Float 296
QC Mixed 295
66% 292 Pts
MC Int 449
MC Float 470
MC Mixed 466
69% 462 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 45.5
SC Float 46.2
SC Mixed 49.1
38% 46.9 Pts
QC Int 153
QC Float 178
QC Mixed 161
37% 164 Pts
MC Int 381
MC Float 282
MC Mixed 220
45% 294 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,963,408 CPUs tested.


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Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop 58%
Workstation 36%
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System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $410

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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi7-2600
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography32 nm
Recommended Price$273.00
Clock Speed3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.8 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP95 W


Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency850 MHz
Wireless DisplayNo
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.35 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes


Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes


Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


Passmark CPU benchmark: 8,897...

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4 days ago.

In 2018 this CPU still performs amazing in games and multi-threaded applications.


1 month ago.

watchdogs freezing ...


30 days ago.



4 months ago.



3 months ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


13 days ago.

Bought in 2011 and still going very strong in 2015. I was looking to upgrade my system but after looking at what the newer CPU's offer (i.e Skylake) the boost in performance isn't big enough to justify an upgrade just yet. This sandy bridge CPU still holds its own for almost all new release games and I will be holding on to this little beast for another couple of years to come.


1 month ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


6 years ago.


4 days ago.

old chip and security isues


4 months ago.


An excellent CPU that has served me well for about 3 years now. With the result of this test I got a recommendation for an i7-2600K as it can be overclocked and the price difference with the i7-2600 is negligible. When I chose the i7-2600 I was well aware of this but couldn't take the K version since it doesn't have all functionality that the i7-2600 has... I wanted Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O and vPro and the K version doesn't have them.—Sep '14


9 months ago.

Bought this PC and at stock speeds its fantastic. Thumbs up to Intel


6 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


5 months ago.



14 months ago.

Still kicking on modern games, compared to it's newer versions it does remarkably well. The biggest drawback that I have noticed is the frame times, when stuttering occurs it's more noticeable then the gen 4 and onward, but still less then a current(gen6/7) i3. If you can find this at a comfortable price, don't hesitate to buy it.


19 months ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


18 months ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still

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