Intel Core i7 2600K 

Released January, 2011
  • 3.4 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked
7.9 Out of 10

With four cores and eight threads (thanks to Intel's Hyper-Threading technology), the Core i7-2600K processor definitely occupies a position in the upper ranges of Intel's new Sandy Bridge line.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
In Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage, its score of 11,583 is okay and its 2,173 rating is solidly unexceptional—at the Entry (1,024-by-768) and Performance (1,280-by-1,024) presets respectively.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 2600K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 2600K
7.3
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 2600K
7.8
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 2600K
n.d.
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 2600K
6.1
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 2600K
8.4
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 2600K
5.9
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 2600K
7.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 2600K

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 2600K
77.01 fps
Core i7 4790K
233.07 fps
Core i7 3770K
182.74 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600K
11,563
Core i7 4790K
15,490
Core i7 3770K
13,098

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600K
3,005

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600K
2,500,000 MB/s
Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s
Core i7 3770K
2,620,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600K
12,823
Core i7 4790K
15,465
Core i7 3770K
13,703

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600K
13,916
Core i7 4790K
16,653
Core i7 3770K
14,866

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 2600K
8,494
Core i7 4790K
11,244

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 2600K
1,920

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 2600K


8.0
As fine as the Core i7-2600K was at photo and video processing, it had more trouble getting over the hump in terms of 3D gaming.

9.0
The new chip is as much as 30 to 40 per cent quicker.

9.7
It delivers incredible performance for its price, and in scenarios where all 8 threads can be fully utilized it will definitely prove its worth.

Overall

9.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

I was initially content with a 4.5ghz OC using a vcore of 1.296v, but curiosity got the best of me and I later found that I needed 1.356v for 4.6 stable and 1.376v for 4.7 stable.
by Velathawen (Nov, 2011)
With a good motherboard, its incredibly easy to overclock, and the voltage needed to hit 5ghz is fairly low (im at 4.96ghz @ 1.395v).
by doomlord52 (Nov, 2011)
The Core i7-2600K also smoked all comers in our Photoshop CS5 test, blasting through all 12 filters in 2 minutes 57 seconds.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)

Socket

The average frame rates we saw in our 1,280-by-720 tests weren't much better with the Heaven Benchmark (13 frames per second), Lost Planet 2 (22.3 fps), or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (22.2 fps).
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
The same was true of our 1GB TrueCrypt 7.0 encryption test, with the Core i7-2600K taking the prize with a best-in-class speed of 195 MBps.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
We're talking 25 to 30 per cent more performance absolutely, positively everywhere.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2011)

Multicore

Even six-core Gulftown Core i7s look marginal.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2011)
For launch, Intel has cooked up dual- and quad-core derivatives.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2011)
It's yours for approximately £160 unboxed and effectively replaces both the old dual-core Core i5-655K and quad-core Core i5-760.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2011)

Applications

Intel takes a giant step forward with the Core i7-2600K, one of its inaugural Sandy Bridge CPUs, in terms of both value and media processing.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
It's not legendary in the 3D department, but its media processing is superb, and in many ways it surpasses similarly priced predecessors from both Intel and AMD.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
What Intel had told us about the Sandy Bridge chips' prowess plowing through media-centric chores was even more fully proven.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)

Performance

Intel's Sandy Bridge brings much higher clocks, but it's also interesting to note how performance compares on a clock-for-clock basis.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2011)
This is not to say that game lovers will want to chuck their discrete cards, especially if they're of the high-end persuasion.
by PCMag (Jan, 2011)
The performance is amazing as well.
by doomlord52 (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1155
Is unlocked Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE4.2
  3. Supplemental SSE3
  4. SSE4.1
  5. AVX
  6. SSE
  7. SSE4
  8. AES
  9. SSE3
  10. SSE2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Latest DirectX 10.x
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz
3DMark06 5,275

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1333
  2. DDR3-1066
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 8 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 995,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 34
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.45V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 2,016
Overclock review score 5
Overclocked clock speed 5.06 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.72 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 5,835.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.06 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W
Annual home energy cost 41.8 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 111.78 $/year
Performance per watt 7.73 pt/W
Idle power consumption 74W
Peak power consumption 127.6W
Typical power consumption 114.2W

bus

Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s
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