Average Bench: 63.2% (195th of 1196)

Based on 91,724 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 50%Average: 63.2% Great: 79%
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 99.1Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 191Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 28.3%. 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 491Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 485Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 91,724 samples)
Min Avg Max
80 1-Core 99.1 120
148 2-Core 191 237
68.6% 145 Pts
Min Avg Max
249 4-Core 336 439
350 8-Core 485 603
53% 410 Pts
Min Avg Max
383 64-Core 491 604
33% 491 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 102
2-Core 194
70% 148 Pts
4-Core 342
8-Core 484
54% 413 Pts
64-Core 492
33% 492 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 92.3
2-Core 184
65% 138 Pts
4-Core 334
8-Core 470
52% 402 Pts
64-Core 468
31% 468 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 96
2-Core 165
63% 131 Pts
4-Core 310
8-Core 480
50% 395 Pts
64-Core 480
32% 480 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 91.6
2-Core 167
62% 129 Pts
4-Core 271
8-Core 494
48% 383 Pts
64-Core 527
35% 527 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,859,080 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $319 @ launch in Jan '11
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Typical Core i7-2600K Builds (Compare 4,986 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 48%
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Desktop
Desktop 62%
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Workstation
Workstation 38%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 39% - Below average Total price: $774

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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.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

20 days ago.

I've been running one at 4.8 ghz turbo for 7 years. Best purchase

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

4 days ago.

The beste CPU ever!


Poor

10 days ago.

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


Terrible

8 days ago.

Can't run Modern Warfare without dying


Excellent

20 days ago.

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


Liked

4 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

4 days ago.

Yesssss


Good

12 days ago.

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


Liked

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


Terrible

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

7 months 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

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

14 days 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

2 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

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


Good

22 months ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


Excellent

5 months 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

4 months ago.

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


Good

4 months 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

4 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

2 years ago.

Great old CPU...


Excellent

15 months ago.

old but gold


Good

14 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

12 months ago.

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


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