Average Bench: 69.4% (159th of 1158)

Based on 73,129 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 53%Average: 69.4% Great: 89%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 30.5% 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 101Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 36.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-2600K performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 495Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 496Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 73,129 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.7 SC Int 101 122
80.3 SC Float 101 122
78.2 SC Mixed 101 121
80.7% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
228 QC Int 336 451
237 QC Float 341 452
233 QC Mixed 337 456
76.6% 338 Pts
Min Avg Max
367 MC Int 479 602
379 MC Float 495 618
376 MC Mixed 496 621
73.4% 490 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
SC Int 117
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 118
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 391
QC Float 418
QC Mixed 407
92% 406 Pts
MC Int 584
MC Float 606
MC Mixed 600
89% 597 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
SC Int 94.6
SC Float 98.9
SC Mixed 99.5
78% 97.7 Pts
QC Int 348
QC Float 354
QC Mixed 367
81% 356 Pts
MC Int 458
MC Float 472
MC Mixed 474
70% 468 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 100
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 105
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 334
QC Float 341
QC Mixed 337
76% 337 Pts
MC Int 500
MC Float 513
MC Mixed 515
76% 509 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 100
SC Float 101
SC Mixed 100
80% 101 Pts
QC Int 396
QC Float 384
QC Mixed 342
85% 374 Pts
MC Int 494
MC Float 511
MC Mixed 510
76% 505 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.2
SC Float 99.8
SC Mixed 99.5
79% 99.2 Pts
QC Int 333
QC Float 370
QC Mixed 304
76% 336 Pts
MC Int 461
MC Float 470
MC Mixed 479
70% 470 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,052,071 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $319 @ launch in Jan '11
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Gaming
Gaming 58%
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Desktop
Desktop 67%
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Workstation
Workstation 44%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,066

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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 7 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

4 days ago.

A true performer that stands the test of time longer than most. It's from 2011.

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

3 days ago.

Runs with @4,00 ghz stable a few years


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

6 days ago.

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


Liked

2 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


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 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


Excellent

1 month 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!


Very good

7 years ago.

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Terrible

20 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

7 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

7 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

21 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

16 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

23 months ago.

Great old CPU...


Excellent

9 months ago.

old but gold


Good

8 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

6 months ago.

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


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