Average Bench: 64.2% (186th of 1104)

more Based on 39,196 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: 53%Average: 64.2% Great: 73%
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 35.8% 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 92.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 92.8Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 19.9%. 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 453Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 454Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 39,196 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.8 SC Int 92.6 105
78.8 SC Float 93.1 105
77.8 SC Mixed 92.8 104
74.3% 92.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
236 QC Int 310 367
247 QC Float 314 368
243 QC Mixed 312 367
70.8% 312 Pts
Min Avg Max
353 MC Int 440 504
354 MC Float 453 520
360 MC Mixed 454 525
67.3% 449 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 104
SC Mixed 103
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 382
QC Float 370
QC Mixed 376
85% 376 Pts
MC Int 484
MC Float 529
MC Mixed 517
76% 510 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 377
QC Float 399
QC Mixed 359
86% 379 Pts
MC Int 522
MC Float 535
MC Mixed 542
80% 533 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.6
SC Float 98.9
SC Mixed 98.9
79% 98.8 Pts
QC Int 352
QC Float 341
QC Mixed 353
79% 349 Pts
MC Int 457
MC Float 479
MC Mixed 474
70% 470 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.8
SC Float 98.3
SC Mixed 96.2
78% 97.4 Pts
QC Int 331
QC Float 323
QC Mixed 302
72% 319 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 474
MC Mixed 477
70% 471 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91.5
SC Float 91
SC Mixed 91.8
73% 91.4 Pts
QC Int 289
QC Float 293
QC Mixed 290
66% 291 Pts
MC Int 433
MC Float 448
MC Mixed 450
66% 444 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,845,010 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Gaming 20%
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Desktop
Desktop 59%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $385

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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.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

13 days ago.

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


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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Good

2 months 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.


Excellent

2 months ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Excellent

6 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


Good

6 years ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Terrible

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

16 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

1 month 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

11 days ago.

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


Good

21 months ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

20 months ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


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