Average Bench: 67.1% (459th of 1445)

more Based on 185,630 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: 54%Average: 67.1% Great: 74%
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 71%
Workstation 52%

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 32.8% 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 84.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 85.8Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is just 19.6%. 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 Speed 403Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 394Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 185,630 samples)
Min Avg Max
68.9 Memory 84.1 92.2
62.5 1-Core 85.8 94.2
117 2-Core 162 185
65.8% 110 Pts
Min Avg Max
193 4-Core 274 328
276 8-Core 394 451
41.8% 334 Pts
Min Avg Max
293 64-Core 403 452
24.9% 403 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 94.8
2-Core 182
73% 123 Pts
4-Core 347
8-Core 454
51% 400 Pts
64-Core 453
28% 453 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 84
1-Core 93.8
2-Core 185
70% 121 Pts
4-Core 349
8-Core 450
51% 399 Pts
64-Core 454
28% 454 Pts
SKTH, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 91
1-Core 91.6
2-Core 175
71% 119 Pts
4-Core 303
8-Core 433
46% 368 Pts
64-Core 432
27% 432 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.6
1-Core 93.3
2-Core 183
71% 122 Pts
4-Core 312
8-Core 447
48% 380 Pts
64-Core 450
28% 450 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.9
1-Core 88.4
2-Core 164
65% 110 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 410
42% 337 Pts
64-Core 418
26% 418 Pts
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Desktop 60%
Workstation 6%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

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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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1 month ago.

i own it and its a really good entry level processor


2 years ago.

bought in 2011, still working great in November 2021!


2 years ago.

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


12 months ago.

Very good i recommend i can do anythong


1 month ago.

Exceptionally long-lasting piece of hardware


11 months ago.

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


5 months ago.

bolji procesor amd fan boys duva te ga.


10 months ago.

Still running in gaming PC from my son


3 months 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


5 months ago.

11 years old but 11 times better


12 years ago.


3 years ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


3 years 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


5 years ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


5 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 years 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.


3 years ago.

I like it cause I had it :)


7 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.


6 years ago.

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


4 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.


5 years ago.

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


7 years ago.

Mine works great in 2016 at 4.3Ghz


7 years ago.

used for £100 in 2014 going good still


5 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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