Average Bench: 70.6% (387th of 1439)

Based on 147,533 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 56%Average: 70.6% Great: 83%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 29.4% 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. Memory Latency 87Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 91.8Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 26.7%. 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 Speed 437Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 424Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 147,533 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.7 Memory 87 96
60.6 1-Core 91.8 116
110 2-Core 173 226
69.4% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
196 4-Core 295 384
278 8-Core 424 549
45% 359 Pts
Min Avg Max
296 64-Core 437 558
27.1% 437 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 96
1-Core 116
2-Core 229
84% 147 Pts
4-Core 404
8-Core 576
61% 490 Pts
64-Core 573
36% 573 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 95
1-Core 106
2-Core 198
78% 133 Pts
4-Core 371
8-Core 527
56% 449 Pts
64-Core 530
33% 530 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.3
1-Core 95.2
2-Core 188
74% 125 Pts
4-Core 361
8-Core 459
52% 410 Pts
64-Core 458
28% 458 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.5
1-Core 114
2-Core 204
79% 136 Pts
4-Core 358
8-Core 541
56% 449 Pts
64-Core 540
33% 540 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)
Memory 86.4
1-Core 92.4
2-Core 182
70% 120 Pts
4-Core 301
8-Core 448
47% 374 Pts
64-Core 442
27% 442 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 67,307,277 CPUs tested

Typical Core i7-2600K Builds (Compare 1,415 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 31%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $1,129

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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 11 years ago.

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22 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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

12 years oc'd @4.9ghz and still going. Simply a beast.


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Liked

19 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

23 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!


Good

13 months ago.

2023 and still solid CPU for most daily driver use, sat at 4.2ghz for years in gaming rig now back at 3.8 and not had a single issue for many years on Asus max iv extreme, what a legendary CPU.


Excellent

22 months ago.

Nice processor high perfomance


Liked

2 years 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

4 years ago.

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


Very good

12 years ago.

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Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Outstanding

4 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

11 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

6 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

4 years 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

5 years ago.

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


Good

7 years ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


Excellent

4 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

4 years ago.

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


Good

4 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

8 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

4 years ago.

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


Outstanding

6 years ago.

Great old CPU...


Excellent

5 years ago.

old but gold


Good

5 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

5 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

Chugging away after so many years.


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