Average Bench: 64.8% (153rd of 980)

more Based on 32,881 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: 56%Average: 64.8% Great: 72%
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 35.1% 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 93.3Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 92.5Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 16.3%. 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 457Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 459Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,881 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.9 SC Int 92.5 102
84 SC Float 93.5 102
83.3 SC Mixed 93.3 102
74.5% 93.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
259 QC Int 313 367
267 QC Float 317 368
264 QC Mixed 316 367
71.5% 315 Pts
Min Avg Max
378 MC Int 444 498
385 MC Float 457 514
375 MC Mixed 459 516
67.9% 453 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 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.2
SC Float 99.7
SC Mixed 99.4
79% 99.1 Pts
QC Int 343
QC Float 371
QC Mixed 347
80% 354 Pts
MC Int 457
MC Float 477
MC Mixed 480
71% 471 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 98
SC Float 99.2
SC Mixed 98.6
79% 98.6 Pts
QC Int 351
QC Float 337
QC Mixed 344
78% 344 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 473
MC Mixed 477
70% 470 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.2
SC Float 97.7
SC Mixed 99
78% 97.6 Pts
QC Int 312
QC Float 306
QC Mixed 316
71% 311 Pts
MC Int 459
MC Float 457
MC Mixed 442
68% 453 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 89.4
SC Float 89.5
SC Mixed 89.3
72% 89.4 Pts
QC Int 322
QC Float 351
QC Mixed 307
74% 327 Pts
MC Int 441
MC Float 454
MC Mixed 457
68% 451 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 83.3
SC Float 85.7
SC Mixed 85.3
68% 84.8 Pts
QC Int 284
QC Float 278
QC Mixed 280
64% 281 Pts
MC Int 433
MC Float 433
MC Mixed 455
66% 440 Pts
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Gaming 20%
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Desktop
Desktop 59%
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Workstation 37%
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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...

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Added 5 years ago.

Good

5 months ago.

wonderfull


Excellent

30 days ago.

ITs the BEAST


Poor

17 days ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Good

5 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.


Good

5 years ago.


Excellent

27 days 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


Poor

5 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

2 months ago.

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Excellent

11 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.


Good

16 months ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

15 months ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


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