Average Bench: 71.3% (104th of 1059)

Based on 41,965 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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]

Poor: 54%Average: 71.3% Great: 89%
Gaming 71%
Desktop 72%
Workstation 52%

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 28.7% 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.


Single Core Integer Speed 101Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 102Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 34.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Multi Core Floating Point Speed 511Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 512Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 41,965 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.7 SC Int 101 122
81.2 SC Float 102 123
81 SC Mixed 102 122
81.4% 102 Pts
Min Avg Max
246 QC Int 346 454
257 QC Float 350 460
251 QC Mixed 349 452
78.9% 348 Pts
Min Avg Max
395 MC Int 496 607
409 MC Float 511 625
400 MC Mixed 512 626
75.9% 506 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 119
SC Mixed 119
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 418
QC Float 440
QC Mixed 472
100% 443 Pts
MC Int 588
MC Float 607
MC Mixed 610
90% 602 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 119
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 426
QC Float 441
QC Mixed 443
99% 437 Pts
MC Int 589
MC Float 597
MC Mixed 593
89% 593 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 114
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 386
QC Float 365
QC Mixed 425
89% 392 Pts
MC Int 560
MC Float 575
MC Mixed 578
86% 571 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97
SC Float 99.2
SC Mixed 97.5
78% 97.9 Pts
QC Int 320
QC Float 337
QC Mixed 330
75% 329 Pts
MC Int 496
MC Float 514
MC Mixed 502
76% 504 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 90.4
SC Float 91.8
SC Mixed 92.1
73% 91.4 Pts
QC Int 316
QC Float 296
QC Mixed 316
70% 309 Pts
MC Int 408
MC Float 417
MC Mixed 424
62% 416 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,963,408 CPUs tested.


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Gaming 59%
Desktop 66%
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Workstation 44%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

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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


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


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 Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo


LGA1155 Socket

Passmark CPU benchmark: 9,095...

Added 5 years ago.

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20 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.


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


25 days ago.

Amazing chip even 6 years on.


16 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!


3 months ago.

Because I do


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

6 years ago.

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13 months ago.


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


1 month ago.

had it since launch, cooled with a corsair h60 @4,5Ghz at decent temps. still a very decent cpu! no need to upgrade for now!


5 months ago.

Games nooooooo


6 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


4 years ago.

buen micro este


6 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

6 years ago.

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


7 months ago.

it low for 4k


16 months ago.

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


2 months ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


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 :)


9 months ago.

Great old CPU...

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