Average Bench: 70.1% (105th of 980)

Based on 38,005 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 58%Average: 70.1% Great: 88%
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 29.8% 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 100Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 30.5%. 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 500Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 501Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,005 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.4 SC Int 100 121
86.8 SC Float 101 122
86.3 SC Mixed 101 122
80.5% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
264 QC Int 339 444
271 QC Float 345 448
272 QC Mixed 342 443
77.6% 342 Pts
Min Avg Max
402 MC Int 485 602
418 MC Float 500 620
416 MC Mixed 501 622
74.2% 495 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 5.9 GHz, turbo 8.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 124
100% 124 Pts
QC Int 389
QC Float 427
QC Mixed 416
93% 411 Pts
MC Int 616
MC Float 637
MC Mixed 638
94% 630 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 114
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 374
QC Float 377
QC Mixed 390
86% 380 Pts
MC Int 532
MC Float 523
MC Mixed 551
80% 536 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 99.9
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 101
80% 100 Pts
QC Int 394
QC Float 364
QC Mixed 401
88% 387 Pts
MC Int 500
MC Float 514
MC Mixed 517
76% 510 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.1
SC Float 99.5
SC Mixed 98.9
79% 98.5 Pts
QC Int 336
QC Float 364
QC Mixed 366
80% 355 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 472
MC Mixed 478
70% 470 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 94.4
SC Float 95.5
SC Mixed 95.5
76% 95.1 Pts
QC Int 328
QC Float 335
QC Mixed 336
76% 333 Pts
MC Int 458
MC Float 471
MC Mixed 475
70% 468 Pts
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Gaming 59%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
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Workstation
Workstation 43%
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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

7 days ago.

Paired with GTX 1070 found it has no problems running any Oculus game. Staying with it until mid 2018 when Coffee Lake goes through first major price drop.

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

5 months ago.

i have one, clocks like a charm


Excellent

12 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!


Good

17 days 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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GPU-Z

GPU-Z


Liked

9 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


Terrible

1 month ago.

Games nooooooo


Terrible

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

4 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

4 months ago.

it low for 4k


Good

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 years 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

6 months ago.

Great old CPU...


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