Intel Core i7 2700K 

Released October, 2011
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Quad core
  • Unlocked

The Intel Core i7-2700k is an absolute beast of a processor. Based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, it boasts a base speed of 3.5 GHz with four cores. These hefty specs ensure that no program is safe from its onslaught; it will pounce on the heaviest of applications without even breaking a sweat. It also has a generous 8MB cache, which allows for easy access to often-used data. It gets even better – its unlocked multiplier means that it can overclock easily, perfect for those who would want to squeeze every last drop out of their PC. It’s almost perfect, but if you’re a gamer, just be sure to get a discrete graphics card in order to let this processor do its thing. For the most demanding user, look no further: the Core i7-2700k is here; get ready for the ride of your life.

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 2700K

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 2700K
74.43 fps
Core i7 3770K
182.74 fps
Core i7 2600K
77.01 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i7 3770K
Core i7 2600K

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2700K
2,600,000 MB/s
Core i7 2600K
2,500,000 MB/s
Core i7 3770K
2,620,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i7 3770K
Core i7 2600K

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

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PassMark (Single Core)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 2700K





8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1155
Is unlocked Yes


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

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 9.26 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W


Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


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
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 35
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C


Overclock popularity 426
Overclocked clock speed 5.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.78 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 4,204.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.11 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Latest DirectX 10.1
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz

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
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Wow, this processor handles pretty well against the 3rd and 4th gen variants.
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