Average Bench: 54.4% (229th of 1182)

more Based on 86,774 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 0FEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000, 4920555043070506, 0F8BFBFF000206A7, 1F8BFBFF000206A7, 4920555043080306, 0FABFBFF000206A7, 1FABFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000206A6, 1FEBFBFF000206A7 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 4.00GHz

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: 42%Average: 54.4% Great: 63%
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 45.6% 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 91.6Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 176Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is 21.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 446Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 441Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 86,774 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.8 1-Core 91.6 101
138 2-Core 176 195
63.2% 134 Pts
Min Avg Max
232 4-Core 308 367
333 8-Core 441 503
48.4% 374 Pts
Min Avg Max
352 64-Core 446 501
29.9% 446 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 108
2-Core 197
73% 153 Pts
4-Core 356
8-Core 528
57% 442 Pts
64-Core 542
36% 542 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 99.7
2-Core 188
68% 144 Pts
4-Core 327
8-Core 487
52% 407 Pts
64-Core 491
33% 491 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 95.1
2-Core 192
67% 144 Pts
4-Core 304
8-Core 467
49% 385 Pts
64-Core 470
32% 470 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 90.8
2-Core 177
63% 134 Pts
4-Core 306
8-Core 471
50% 388 Pts
64-Core 469
31% 469 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,207,839 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 4,962 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $371

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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 7 years ago.

Good

2 months ago.

Bought it when it got released and it still works great in 2019 :)


Terrible

1 month ago.

excellent for 7 years old proccessor, overclocked by turbo boost multipier work on 4.2 with single core and 3.9 for all cores


Excellent

1 day ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Good

11 months ago.

Very good temperatures and good fps in games Buenas temperaturas y buenos fps en juegos


Poor

1 month ago.

i have it myself an it handles new games like FARCRY 5 at 30% usage


Excellent

3 months ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Good

4 months ago.

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


Liked

9 months 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

7 years ago.


Terrible

24 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

10 months ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


Excellent

13 months ago.

Great CPU. Definitely not worth the price today AT ALL, but for a near 8 year old CPU this thing is spectacularly powerful.


Excellent

17 months ago.

am still have it, it plays every game till now with my Asus Strix GTX 1070 OC without a problem. i will wait until the 9th generation of core i7 to upgrade or till the effective speed became 100% otherwise it doesnt justify the uppgrade, new motherboarth and ram need to be justifiable jut with a cpu 100% faster


Excellent

2 years 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.


Excellent

16 months ago.

So good and fast for an old CPU. Still has a lot of life left in the old girl.


Good

1 month ago.

It's a good upgrade for someone with a 1155 motherboard, but I would look at a budget, newer CPU for a small budget.


Excellent

8 months ago.

One of the best CPUs. Even though it is from 2nd Generation it does pretty well. Nearly comparable with the latest CPUs.


Good

3 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

3 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


Excellent

9 months ago.

After almost 7 years, other components are getting obsolete and replaced around it, but the i7-2600 still performs!


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