Average Bench: 63% (205th of 1128)

more Based on 52,285 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]

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Poor: 52%Average: 63% Great: 72%
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 37.0% 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.

Strengths

Single Core Integer Speed 91.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 91.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 19.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 450Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 451Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 52,285 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.6 SC Int 91.5 101
76.6 SC Float 91.8 102
79.1 SC Mixed 91.6 101
73.3% 91.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
233 QC Int 303 365
241 QC Float 307 366
244 QC Mixed 305 366
69.2% 305 Pts
Min Avg Max
349 MC Int 436 496
357 MC Float 450 511
352 MC Mixed 451 512
66.8% 445 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 91.7
SC Float 80.5
SC Mixed 89.9
70% 87.4 Pts
QC Int 317
QC Float 315
QC Mixed 316
72% 316 Pts
MC Int 437
MC Float 444
MC Mixed 455
67% 445 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 89.6
SC Float 94
SC Mixed 81.8
71% 88.5 Pts
QC Int 298
QC Float 280
QC Mixed 289
66% 289 Pts
MC Int 453
MC Float 469
MC Mixed 454
69% 458 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 93.1
SC Float 76.1
SC Mixed 94.7
70% 88 Pts
QC Int 320
QC Float 306
QC Mixed 273
68% 300 Pts
MC Int 284
MC Float 278
MC Mixed 277
42% 279 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 3 cores, 5 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 87.1
SC Float 87.9
SC Mixed 83.7
69% 86.2 Pts
QC Int 162
QC Float 210
QC Mixed 192
42% 188 Pts
MC Int 264
MC Float 297
MC Mixed 300
43% 287 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 10,992,177 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 3,302 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 59%
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Workstation
Workstation 36%
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System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $366

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 Specifications

Essentials

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

Graphics

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

Memory

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

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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

Passmark CPU benchmark: 8,897...

Intel, LGA1155 Socket, L2 8 MB - With faster, intelligent, multi- core technology that applies processing power where it's needed most, Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC ...

Added 6 years ago.

Excellent

1 month ago.

excellent for 7 years old proccessor, overclocked by turbo boost multipier work on 4.2 with single core and 3.9 for all cores


Good

8 days ago.

it's just gud


Excellent

5 months ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Excellent

3 months ago.

i have it myself an it handles new games like FARCRY 5 at 30% usage


Excellent

7 months ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Excellent

10 months ago.

Comment 

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.


Terrible

12 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

1 month ago.

Great CPU. Definitely not worth the price today AT ALL, but for a near 8 year old CPU this thing is spectacularly powerful.


Excellent

20 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.


Excellent

5 months ago.

am still have it, it plays every game till now with my Asus Strix GTX 1070 OC without a problem. i will wait until the 9th generation of core i7 to upgrade or till the effective speed became 100% otherwise it doesnt justify the uppgrade, new motherboarth and ram need to be justifiable jut with a cpu 100% faster


Excellent

4 months ago.

So good and fast for an old CPU. Still has a lot of life left in the old girl.


Good

2 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

2 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


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