Average Bench: 67.6% (172nd of 1143)

Based on 60,903 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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]

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Poor: 54%Average: 67.6% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 32.3% 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 98.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 98.5Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 31.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 491Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 491Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,903 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.1 SC Int 98.2 119
76.8 SC Float 98.4 120
78.5 SC Mixed 98.5 119
78.7% 98.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
248 QC Int 323 417
258 QC Float 329 435
251 QC Mixed 326 432
73.9% 326 Pts
Min Avg Max
374 MC Int 476 586
385 MC Float 491 607
386 MC Mixed 491 609
72.8% 486 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 109
89% 111 Pts
QC Int 355
QC Float 361
QC Mixed 354
81% 357 Pts
MC Int 563
MC Float 583
MC Mixed 586
86% 577 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 99.3
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 99.4
80% 99.7 Pts
QC Int 308
QC Float 353
QC Mixed 346
76% 336 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 473
MC Mixed 476
70% 470 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.4
SC Float 88.4
SC Mixed 97.5
75% 94.1 Pts
QC Int 310
QC Float 329
QC Mixed 328
73% 322 Pts
MC Int 460
MC Float 476
MC Mixed 479
71% 472 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 101
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 277
QC Float 305
QC Mixed 314
68% 299 Pts
MC Int 424
MC Float 444
MC Mixed 453
66% 440 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,860,869 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $319 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600K Builds (Compare 3,066 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
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Desktop
Desktop 66%
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Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $842

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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 6 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

17 days ago.

Paired with GTX 1070 found it has no problems running any Oculus game. Staying with it until mid 2018 when Coffee Lake goes through first major price drop.

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


Excellent

14 days ago.

for it's age, it's still a valuable CPU


Poor

2 days ago.

ITs amazing, six years with i7 2600k, and now, news processors have 50% + its amazing


Excellent

22 days 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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Got it used for 100€ with mainboard and 8gb ram to upgrade my system little - perfekt for this price!


Terrible

7 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


Very good

6 years ago.

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GPU-Z

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Good

22 days ago.

had it since launch, cooled with a corsair h60 @4,5Ghz at decent temps. still a very decent cpu! no need to upgrade for now!


Terrible

14 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

6 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.


Very good

6 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

16 months ago.

it low for 4k


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

11 months ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


Excellent

3 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 :)


Outstanding

18 months ago.

Great old CPU...


Excellent

3 months ago.

old but gold


Good

2 months 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

1 month ago.

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


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