Average Bench: 63.1% (235th of 1173)

more Based on 78,837 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: 51%Average: 63.1% Great: 72%
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600 averaged 36.8% 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.

Strengths

Single Core Integer Speed 91.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 91.6Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600 is 20.4%. 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 449Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 450Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 78,837 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.4 SC Int 91.7 101
77.1 SC Float 92.3 101
76.5 SC Mixed 91.6 101
73.5% 91.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
229 QC Int 304 367
239 QC Float 310 369
235 QC Mixed 306 366
69.6% 307 Pts
Min Avg Max
346 MC Int 433 480
360 MC Float 449 500
356 MC Mixed 450 497
66.4% 444 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.5
SC Float 97
SC Mixed 95.8
77% 96.4 Pts
QC Int 307
QC Float 319
QC Mixed 308
71% 312 Pts
MC Int 446
MC Float 469
MC Mixed 474
69% 463 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.7
SC Float 96.5
SC Mixed 96.6
77% 96.3 Pts
QC Int 309
QC Float 328
QC Mixed 292
70% 310 Pts
MC Int 450
MC Float 467
MC Mixed 449
68% 455 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 86.3
SC Float 85.9
SC Mixed 82.7
68% 85 Pts
QC Int 263
QC Float 267
QC Mixed 270
60% 267 Pts
MC Int 420
MC Float 413
MC Mixed 455
64% 430 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 67.4
SC Float 56.3
SC Mixed 53.3
47% 59 Pts
QC Int 261
QC Float 331
QC Mixed 319
69% 304 Pts
MC Int 418
MC Float 425
MC Mixed 427
63% 423 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,517,725 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $312 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600 Builds (Compare 4,601 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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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: 71% - Very good Total price: $414

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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...

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Added 7 years ago.

Good

14 days ago.

Bought it when it got released and it still works great in 2019 :)


Good

3 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


Poor

8 months ago.

Bought in 2011, and still a big machine :)


Good

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

this processor has 8 because it says 4


Liked

7 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

2 months ago.

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


Good

7 years ago.


Terrible

22 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

8 months ago.

Great CPU, especially considering it's age!


Excellent

11 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

2 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

15 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

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Bought my PC 9 Months ago with this CPU, it's Good for the games i play, and i'm Happy with it :)


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

7 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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