IntelBX80623I72600
IntelBX80623I72600K

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.4GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.4GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 268,203 user samples
148,095 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 78% Base clock 3.55 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 62% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Poor: 62% Great: 78%
SPEED RANK: 294th / 1316
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat
120,108 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 63% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 0.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 63% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 235th / 1316
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71.6 % 74.9 % +5%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
87.1 Pts 89.3 Pts +3%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
91.8 Pts 97.3 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+6%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
175 Pts 187 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+7%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts 329 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+8%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
439 Pts 477 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+9%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
92.8 Pts 96.3 Pts +4%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
99.5 Pts 119 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+20%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
194 Pts 236 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+22%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
364 Pts 429 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+18%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
480 Pts 607 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+26%
Market Share
Based on 44,090,286 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.41 % Hugely higher market share.
+86%
0.22 %
Value
Value For Money
74.5 % +0% 74.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
61 % 76 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$240 Cheaper.
+16%
$287
Age
Newest
125 Months 125 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 8 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 32 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
478 Pts 607 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+27%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
443 Pts 482 Pts Slightly faster 64-core speed.
+9%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 LGA1155
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 2000 HD 3000
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$273.00 N/A
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
Yes No
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No

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