Average Bench: 70.9% (92nd of 969)

Based on 29,877 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , 0FEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000, BFEBFBFF000206A6 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz

The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date. The numerous owners of this superb processor should feel in no hurry to upgrade as it's still one of the fastest consumer processors, even by today's standards. The benchmark figures indicate that in terms of real-world performance this processor is only 5% slower than the third generation Ivy Bridge i7-3770K, not bad considering its age. That said new buyers will find both better energy efficiency and marginal performance improvements elsewhere[Feb '12 CPUPro]

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Poor: 57%Average: 70.9% Great: 87%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 29.1% 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

Single Core Integer Speed 101Pts
Quad Core Integer Speed 346Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 30.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 498Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 500Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 29,877 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.7 SC Int 101 121
83.9 SC Float 101 119
84.1 SC Mixed 101 120
80.7% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
255 QC Int 346 451
267 QC Float 349 455
259 QC Mixed 348 444
78.9% 348 Pts
Min Avg Max
404 MC Int 484 591
402 MC Float 498 606
405 MC Mixed 500 610
74.1% 494 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
SC Int 116
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 118
94% 117 Pts
QC Int 428
QC Float 428
QC Mixed 429
97% 428 Pts
MC Int 580
MC Float 596
MC Mixed 601
89% 592 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92.6
SC Float 92.3
SC Mixed 92.4
74% 92.4 Pts
QC Int 346
QC Float 365
QC Mixed 360
81% 357 Pts
MC Int 456
MC Float 465
MC Mixed 470
70% 464 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 113
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 106
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 321
QC Float 292
QC Mixed 314
70% 309 Pts
MC Int 526
MC Float 531
MC Mixed 541
80% 532 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.4
SC Float 94.5
SC Mixed 95.1
76% 94.3 Pts
QC Int 321
QC Float 322
QC Mixed 326
73% 323 Pts
MC Int 447
MC Float 466
MC Mixed 460
68% 458 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.5
SC Float 93.7
SC Mixed 92.9
75% 93.4 Pts
QC Int 306
QC Float 308
QC Mixed 298
69% 304 Pts
MC Int 455
MC Float 439
MC Mixed 458
68% 451 Pts
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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi7-2600K
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.8 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP95 W
Expected DiscontinuanceQ1'2013

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
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)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
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 TechNo

 Comments

LGA1155 Socket

Passmark CPU benchmark: 9,095...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

4 days ago.

Comment 

I Love my 2600K it still ranks close to the new CPUs in speed and performance. I use it in my main everyday PC and do some gaming on it. When I really want to game for awhile I go to my man cave and use my 3930K set up with triple monitors. The 3930K is another GREAT CPU that I intend on using for at least a couple more years after that I will switch it out and use it as my main PC. I just bought a 1070 GPU to add to my Gaming set up which should hold me over for awhile longer. If you find one cheep and are considering using a 2600K in a build in 2016 I would say go for it. —Nov '16


Excellent

1 month ago.

i have one, clocks like a charm


Excellent

9 days ago.

This is my cpu over 5 years! Just overclock it with H60 watercooler, and put sli gtx 970 and surround 3x1 27" monitors!


Excellent

1 month ago.

Because I do

Comment 

One of the best CPUs in PC history. I'll keep mine at least until the Q1'2018 when Coffee Lake is launched (unless Kaby Lake shows a shocking performance). —Nov '16


Very good

5 years ago.

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CPU-Z (Stepped Down Clock)

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Integrated HD Graphics 3000

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GPU-Z

GPU-Z


Good

2 months ago.

pop


Liked

6 months ago.

Comment 

It's 2016, and this five year old CPU is still among the fastest by today's standards. Factor in some overclocking, and this chip can hold its own against the latest generation with no problems. As far as drawbacks go, the lack of PCIe 3.0 support, the dated DDR3-1333 controller and the older, less-efficient 32nm lithography would be the only shackles on an otherwise excellent processor.—Nov '16


Excellent

3 years ago.

buen micro este


Excellent

5 years ago.

Perfect price / performance balance. No need to overclock it, with stock settings the frequency drops to 1.6 GHz when its idle, which keeps everything cool and quiet. Pros: Blisteringly fast. Cons: Can get hot when OC'd.


Very good

5 years ago.

Easy stock overclock to 4.5 GHz. Pros: Cant believe how fast it runs. Cons: Gets very hot beyond 4.5 Ghz.


Poor

13 days ago.

it low for 4k


Good

9 months ago.

Great CPU that in 2016 is staying close to the new CPUs


Excellent

24 months ago.

4 Years old, chugging along at 5GHz on air and still keeping up with waaay more expensive newer CPUs. I don't see the point of upgrading anytime soon :)


Outstanding

2 months ago.

Great old CPU...


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