Average Bench: 75.2% (231st of 1323)

Based on 139,113 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , 0FEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000, BFEBFBFF000206A6 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz

The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date. The numerous owners of this superb processor should feel in no hurry to upgrade as it's still one of the fastest consumer processors, even by today's standards. The benchmark figures indicate that in terms of real-world performance this processor is only 5% slower than the third generation Ivy Bridge i7-3770K, not bad considering its age. That said new buyers will find both better energy efficiency and marginal performance improvements elsewhere[Feb '12 CPUPro]

Poor: 64%Average: 75.2% Great: 87%
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 24.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-2600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 89.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 98.2Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 23.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 489Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 484Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 139,113 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.6 Memory 89.8 96
76.4 1-Core 98.2 120
141 2-Core 187 234
75% 125 Pts
Min Avg Max
243 4-Core 330 428
352 8-Core 484 616
52.4% 407 Pts
Min Avg Max
358 64-Core 489 617
32.8% 489 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
Memory 92.9
1-Core 106
2-Core 207
80% 135 Pts
4-Core 362
8-Core 554
59% 458 Pts
64-Core 575
39% 575 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 89
1-Core 107
2-Core 198
78% 131 Pts
4-Core 359
8-Core 527
57% 443 Pts
64-Core 545
37% 545 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.7
1-Core 95.6
2-Core 198
76% 128 Pts
4-Core 346
8-Core 499
55% 422 Pts
64-Core 499
34% 499 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 87
1-Core 103
2-Core 207
78% 132 Pts
4-Core 352
8-Core 544
57% 448 Pts
64-Core 543
36% 543 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $319 @ launch in Jan '11
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Gaming
Gaming 45%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $889

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi7-2600K
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.8 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP95 W
Expected DiscontinuanceQ1'2013

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
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)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
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 TechNo

 Comments

LGA1155 Socket

Passmark CPU benchmark: 9,095...

Added 9 years ago.

Liked (edit your comment) Add link

18 days ago.

Comment 

I Love my 2600K it still ranks close to the new CPUs in speed and performance. I use it in my main everyday PC and do some gaming on it. When I really want to game for awhile I go to my man cave and use my 3930K set up with triple monitors. The 3930K is another GREAT CPU that I intend on using for at least a couple more years after that I will switch it out and use it as my main PC. I just bought a 1070 GPU to add to my Gaming set up which should hold me over for awhile longer. If you find one cheep and are considering using a 2600K in a build in 2016 I would say go for it. —Nov '16

Comment 

Still out here rockin' the 2600k in 2020 with very few issues. Sure, it could be a little faster sometimes. Still amazing that it's nearly 10 years old and still competes with some mid-range processors. Not upgrading till it dies, or is unusable with newer applications, probably. —Dec '20

Comment 

Happy 10th birthday for mine and still handles everything without a problem. Simply the best.—Nov '21


Poor

4 months ago.

i own this but i am upgrading to a i9 9900k becuase they give a little more fps


Good

3 months ago.

Almost 10 years, still good enough


Poor

23 days ago.

Bought this cpu for$100CAD... Sold it 4 years later for $100CAD. 4 Years later... it's still selling for $100CAD. Bought 7700K... Still miss my 2600K. For its time it performed amazingly. Probably my most stable intel cpu ever.


Terrible

16 days ago.

Been using this cpu since 2012 and it's still running strong overclocked to 4.3GHz 24/7


Excellent

10 months ago.

Comment 

One of the best CPUs in PC history. I'll keep mine at least until the Q1'2018 when Coffee Lake is launched (unless Kaby Lake shows a shocking performance). —Nov '16


Poor

2 months ago.

I still use i7-2600K. I see no reason to upgrade this CPU while I am not using my PC for games. While I bought the PC since +/-2012 for 800€ with 8GB memory this is quite a bargain while the PC is still working perfect!


Excellent

2 months ago.

Nice processor high perfomance


Liked

5 months ago.

Comment 

It's 2016, and this five year old CPU is still among the fastest by today's standards. Factor in some overclocking, and this chip can hold its own against the latest generation with no problems. As far as drawbacks go, the lack of PCIe 3.0 support, the dated DDR3-1333 controller and the older, less-efficient 32nm lithography would be the only shackles on an otherwise excellent processor.—Nov '16


Terrible

2 years ago.

in 2019 with gpu gtx 1070, high-ultra on 1080p with no problem


Very good

9 years ago.

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Excellent

8 days ago.

Excelent CPU that gave their owners solid gaming performance for years. Still usable but it's time to upgrade.


Good

16 months ago.

its a begin of intel hardcore gaming


Outstanding

2 years ago.

Perfect price / performance balance. No need to overclock it, with stock settings the frequency drops to 1.6 GHz when its idle, which keeps everything cool and quiet. Pros: Blisteringly fast. Cons: Can get hot when OC'd.


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Very good

9 years ago.

Easy stock overclock to 4.5 GHz. Pros: Cant believe how fast it runs. Cons: Gets very hot beyond 4.5 Ghz.


Poor

4 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

22 months ago.

My school has a computer with one of these and an r9 nano? in it. Nearly as fast as my own personal gaming PC.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Now I use stable 4,6Ghz 1.35V. I checked 5.0Ghz at 1.45v and was still stable.


Good

5 years ago.

Great CPU that in 2016 is staying close to the new CPUs


Good

3 years ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Within 15% performance of the best mainstream i7 8 years later (unless you spend a lot of time rendering video and need many cores to speed that process.) Dirt cheap used, great overclocking, and bullet proof. Eight years later and no good reason to upgrade.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Absolutely loved this processor. Was able to run 5ghz on cheap air cooling with no bump to voltage. Happy days.


Good

2 years ago.

I use it myself, and it's still a fine choice if you get it at a low price to upgrade from a 2500k. I wouldn't recommend building a system from 0 with it, however. You also have to overclock pretty high to get the most out of it, but that shouldn't be a problem.


Excellent

6 years ago.

4 Years old, chugging along at 5GHz on air and still keeping up with waaay more expensive newer CPUs. I don't see the point of upgrading anytime soon :)


Excellent

2 years ago.

This CPU worked for me since 2011 and now it's going to sill work for other guy :)


Outstanding

4 years ago.

Great old CPU...


Excellent

3 years ago.

old but gold


Good

3 years ago.

7 years and still going strong with a rubbish cooler... Not beefy enough for livestreaming, but for gaming its awesome. Will be replaced with Ryzen soon and transformed into a HTPC then.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Legendary CPU, a 2011 chip that'll compete with modern releases when given a half-decent overclock.


Good

16 months ago.

Chugging away after so many years.


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