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Intel Core i7 2600

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Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 25% better turbo clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz vs 3.42 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.3 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 3.37 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 114.5W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 41.87 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 112.13 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs i3 2120

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
10,986
Core i3 2120
5,074

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
2,470,000 MB/s
Core i3 2120
162,800 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,071
Core i3 2120
5,008

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,820
Core i3 2120
5,421

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
i3 2120 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 41.87 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 112.13 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 6.48 pt/W 2.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 52.81W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 2600  vs
i3 2120 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.93 GHz 3.42 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 3.37 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,824.9 1,336.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz 3.42 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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