Average Bench: 71.1% (275th of 1276)

more Based on 149,549 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: 60%Average: 71.1% Great: 78%
Gaming 71%
Desktop 75%
Workstation 56%

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 28.9% 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.


Avg. Memory Latency 87.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 90.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 18.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 438Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 432Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 149,549 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.4 Memory 87.3 92.9
73.2 1-Core 90.6 99.5
130 2-Core 173 194
70.7% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
222 4-Core 300 363
300 8-Core 432 481
47.3% 366 Pts
Min Avg Max
321 64-Core 438 482
29.4% 438 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.1
1-Core 99.1
2-Core 194
76% 128 Pts
4-Core 348
8-Core 475
54% 411 Pts
64-Core 477
32% 477 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 92
1-Core 93.9
2-Core 179
74% 122 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 459
51% 392 Pts
64-Core 460
31% 460 Pts
SKTH, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.9
1-Core 90.6
2-Core 180
72% 120 Pts
4-Core 318
8-Core 461
50% 389 Pts
64-Core 467
31% 467 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.6
1-Core 92.5
2-Core 157
70% 113 Pts
4-Core 298
8-Core 464
49% 381 Pts
64-Core 456
31% 456 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.4
1-Core 89.8
2-Core 162
70% 114 Pts
4-Core 245
8-Core 343
38% 294 Pts
64-Core 390
26% 390 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,761,307 CPUs tested.


MSRP ≈ $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Gaming 6%
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Desktop 63%
Workstation 6%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $254

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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


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


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 Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


Passmark CPU benchmark: 8,897...

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9 days ago.

Revamped DELL Optiplex 970 SFF, GPU 1070, SSD 250G, 8G Ram works well.


1 hr ago.

bumm bumm bumm bumm


2 months 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


8 months ago.

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


26 days ago.

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


5 months ago.

Very good i recommend i can do anythong


2 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


6 days ago.

bolji procesor amd fan boys duva te ga.


1 month ago.

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


2 years ago.


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


8 years ago.


3 months ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


11 days ago.

test it with alot of games works perfectly awesome with a gtx 1650


3 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


2 years ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


5 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


2 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.


2 months ago.

I like it cause I had it :)


2 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


4 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.


2 years ago.

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


18 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.


2 years ago.

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


4 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


4 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


2 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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