Average Bench: 65% (131st of 956)

more Based on 19,127 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , 0FEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000, 4920555043070506, 0F8BFBFF000206A7, 1F8BFBFF000206A7, 4920555043080306, 0FABFBFF000206A7, 1FABFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000206A6 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz

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: 55%Average: 65% Great: 74%
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 35.0% 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 93.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 94Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 18.4%. 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 455Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 457Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,127 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.2 SC Int 93.7 106
84 SC Float 94.1 106
83.7 SC Mixed 94 106
75.1% 93.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
255 QC Int 314 370
262 QC Float 318 369
261 QC Mixed 317 368
71.7% 316 Pts
Min Avg Max
363 MC Int 442 508
362 MC Float 455 524
362 MC Mixed 457 528
67.6% 451 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 102
SC Mixed 105
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 364
QC Float 342
QC Mixed 366
81% 358 Pts
MC Int 505
MC Float 518
MC Mixed 519
77% 514 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97
SC Float 96.2
SC Mixed 98.1
78% 97.1 Pts
QC Int 369
QC Float 366
QC Mixed 367
83% 367 Pts
MC Int 456
MC Float 471
MC Mixed 474
70% 467 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 98.5
SC Float 99
SC Mixed 98.8
79% 98.8 Pts
QC Int 329
QC Float 340
QC Mixed 317
74% 329 Pts
MC Int 459
MC Float 473
MC Mixed 475
70% 469 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92
SC Float 93.2
SC Mixed 92.7
74% 92.6 Pts
QC Int 308
QC Float 322
QC Mixed 310
71% 313 Pts
MC Int 428
MC Float 414
MC Mixed 403
62% 415 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.45 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 78.3
SC Float 79.8
SC Mixed 82.9
64% 80.3 Pts
QC Int 257
QC Float 264
QC Mixed 248
58% 256 Pts
MC Int 378
MC Float 378
MC Mixed 341
55% 366 Pts
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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 5 years ago.

Good

4 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.


Good

5 days ago.

wonderfull


Good

5 years ago.


Liked

11 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


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 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

8 months ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

7 months ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


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