Average Bench: 72.3% (310th of 1355)

more Based on 179,556 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]

Poor: 62%Average: 72.3% Great: 79%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 27.6% 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. Memory Latency 87.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 93.7Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 16.8%. 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 468Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 464Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 179,556 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.3 Memory 87.1 92.7
77.8 1-Core 93.7 102
140 2-Core 178 199
72% 120 Pts
Min Avg Max
240 4-Core 313 369
342 8-Core 464 503
50% 388 Pts
Min Avg Max
354 64-Core 468 504
31.4% 468 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 83.6
1-Core 100
2-Core 192
74% 125 Pts
4-Core 363
8-Core 493
56% 428 Pts
64-Core 496
33% 496 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.4
1-Core 97.1
2-Core 190
75% 125 Pts
4-Core 308
8-Core 498
51% 403 Pts
64-Core 495
33% 495 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.9
1-Core 95.1
2-Core 188
73% 123 Pts
4-Core 314
8-Core 465
50% 390 Pts
64-Core 458
31% 458 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.1
1-Core 94.2
2-Core 166
70% 115 Pts
4-Core 253
8-Core 396
42% 325 Pts
64-Core 416
28% 416 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 1 cores, 2 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.6
1-Core 90.4
2-Core 120
66% 100 Pts
4-Core 118
8-Core 120
16% 119 Pts
64-Core 119
8% 119 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 53,548,069 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 9,681 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
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Desktop
Desktop 64%
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Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $179

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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 10 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 month ago.

It's kicking strong! I found mine in an old PC sitting in a friends basement after some flood damage. The rest of the machine was toast, but this SOB was in great shape. A little cleaning later, and i still use it in my current build! Incredible! Don't get me wrong, a decent graphics card goes a long way, but this thing handles anything I throw at it and just wont die!


Good

4 months ago.

huge improvement over my i3 from 2008


Poor

29 days ago.

2021 and Any game has in FullHD over 60 FPS


Excellent

7 months ago.

bought in 2011, still working great in November 2021!


Good

4 months ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

Very good i recommend i can do anythong


Excellent

4 months ago.

I had this CPU for 8 years. Never let me down. Always worked without any issue. Currently still works in my sister PC. https://i.imgur.com/HBbQgRl.png


Good

5 months ago.

bolji procesor amd fan boys duva te ga.


Good

7 months ago.

i7 2600 is immortal (Except the intel-grated GPU)


Good

11 months ago.

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


Liked

3 years 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

10 years ago.


Poor

20 months ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

23 months ago.

This CPU deserves to be the great for Performance if your device can't go with 3rd generation intel CPUs onwards. Combined with a great GPU, it will also enable playing more newer games unless it requires even more CPU power. Finally, if you need more power, consider switching to the K version which (i7-2x00K) which should give your more CPU power thanks to its unlocked multipiler. Otherwise still a great processor and i7-4770 can be considered an upgrade if you need more power without going to i7-2700K. Having this processor in use since 14th February 2020 on an ESPRIMO E900


Excellent

3 years ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.

I like it cause I had it :)


Excellent

6 months ago.

One word: "BEAST". Basic overclocking has me at 87.4% cpu score. BCLK 106 @ 1.3V and its stable. With an SSD and 16gb ram it is fine in 2021. GPU does most of the work for gaming anyway. I don't know why, but you don't need the K to overclock a 2nd gen CPU. Side note, if you are doing multicore work like creative work, don't bother, get yourself a 12th gen CPU. Modern CPUs are on a different planet. Most normal computing programs only use one core though so the new stuff isn't better.


Excellent

4 years 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

5 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

4 years ago.

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


Good

2 years 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

3 years ago.

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


Good

5 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


Good

5 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


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