Average Bench: 76.5% (166th of 1241)

Based on 91,173 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The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 65%Average: 76.5% Great: 88%
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-2600K averaged 23.4% 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 91.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 98.7Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-2600K is 22.8%. 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 488Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 484Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 91,173 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.2 Memory 91.6 96.8
77.4 1-Core 98.7 121
142 2-Core 190 238
76% 127 Pts
Min Avg Max
248 4-Core 335 438
348 8-Core 484 612
52.9% 409 Pts
Min Avg Max
353 64-Core 488 609
32.7% 488 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, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 98.3
1-Core 131
2-Core 257
94% 162 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 614
71% 542 Pts
64-Core 606
41% 606 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.2
1-Core 120
2-Core 240
88% 151 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 585
70% 526 Pts
64-Core 564
38% 564 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 88
1-Core 97.7
2-Core 192
75% 126 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 473
52% 399 Pts
64-Core 462
31% 462 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.2
1-Core 95.6
2-Core 133
62% 99.9 Pts
4-Core 282
8-Core 554
52% 418 Pts
64-Core 524
35% 524 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,737,171 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $319 @ launch in Jan '11
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AmazonUS $24110 days
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Gaming 51%
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Desktop 73%
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Workstation
Workstation 49%
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Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,005

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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 8 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

3 days ago.

Old and Slow.

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.

Owned one of these for a while. Still great for everyday use and most of the games I own.


Excellent

23 days ago.

мой проц, девять лет уже со мной, менять не хочу


Terrible

1 month ago.

Can't run Modern Warfare without dying


Excellent

8 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

2 months ago.

Nice processor high perfomance


Excellent

25 days 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!


Liked

10 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

8 years ago.

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Excellent

2 months ago.

good oc potential, trash value


Terrible

7 months ago.

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


Terrible

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!


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

6 months 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

8 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

3 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

17 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

2 years ago.

Still going strong after all these years.


Excellent

12 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

10 months ago.

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


Good

10 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

21 months ago.

old but gold


Good

20 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

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


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