Average Bench: 62.6% (221st of 1144)

more Based on 55,466 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: 52%Average: 62.6% Great: 71%
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 37.4% 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 91.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 91.5Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 19.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 450Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 452Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,466 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.9 SC Int 91.3 102
74.3 SC Float 91.5 102
77.4 SC Mixed 91.5 102
73.2% 91.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
224 QC Int 298 360
240 QC Float 304 365
238 QC Mixed 302 361
68.3% 301 Pts
Min Avg Max
355 MC Int 436 497
355 MC Float 450 514
358 MC Mixed 452 511
66.8% 446 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.7
SC Float 97.6
SC Mixed 98.9
78% 98.1 Pts
QC Int 347
QC Float 352
QC Mixed 352
79% 350 Pts
MC Int 455
MC Float 471
MC Mixed 470
70% 465 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91.4
SC Float 88.8
SC Mixed 93.2
73% 91.1 Pts
QC Int 300
QC Float 291
QC Mixed 305
68% 299 Pts
MC Int 398
MC Float 451
MC Mixed 456
65% 435 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.2
SC Float 95.9
SC Mixed 95.9
76% 95.7 Pts
QC Int 294
QC Float 307
QC Mixed 297
68% 299 Pts
MC Int 472
MC Float 487
MC Mixed 486
72% 482 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz
SC Int 89.3
SC Float 78.7
SC Mixed 91.7
69% 86.6 Pts
QC Int 296
QC Float 293
QC Mixed 299
67% 296 Pts
MC Int 456
MC Float 470
MC Mixed 475
70% 467 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83.9
SC Float 81.6
SC Mixed 90.6
68% 85.4 Pts
QC Int 281
QC Float 292
QC Mixed 282
65% 285 Pts
MC Int 456
MC Float 473
MC Mixed 478
70% 469 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
AmazonUS $3351 month
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 3,466 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 59%
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Workstation
Workstation 36%
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System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $405

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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 6 years ago.

Poor

12 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


Poor

2 months ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

Best


Excellent

11 months ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Good

1 month ago.

good and cheap

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


Excellent

5 days ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.


Terrible

15 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

2 months ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


Excellent

5 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

24 months 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

9 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

8 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

2 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


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