Average Bench: 58.7% (259th of 1206)

more Based on 87,664 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: 49%Average: 58.7% Great: 66%
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 41.3% 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 92.9Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 178Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 16.7%. 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 449Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 443Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 87,664 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.9 1-Core 92.9 102
144 2-Core 178 198
64.1% 135 Pts
Min Avg Max
242 4-Core 310 366
345 8-Core 443 503
48.8% 376 Pts
Min Avg Max
360 64-Core 449 510
30.1% 449 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 98.6
2-Core 192
69% 146 Pts
4-Core 359
8-Core 473
54% 416 Pts
64-Core 467
31% 467 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 97.5
2-Core 192
68% 145 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 469
49% 386 Pts
64-Core 475
32% 475 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 89.8
2-Core 177
63% 133 Pts
4-Core 304
8-Core 467
49% 386 Pts
64-Core 466
31% 466 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
1-Core 85.9
2-Core 172
61% 129 Pts
4-Core 281
8-Core 430
46% 355 Pts
64-Core 435
29% 435 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,103,442 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 5,806 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
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System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $391

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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

11 days ago.

thought it was gonna be slow, but its a good alternative for an old cpu


Good

21 days 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

4 months ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

5 days ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Good

8 months ago.

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


Liked

14 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

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

14 months ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


Excellent

18 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

22 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

3 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

20 months ago.

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


Good

6 months 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

12 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

14 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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