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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,773.12 MB Supports more than 95% more RAM
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 560

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Intel Core i3 560

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Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 114.5W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 41.87 $/year 2.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 112.13 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.03 GHz vs 3.93 GHz Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs i3 560

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
10,986
Core i3 560
4,432

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 560
141,400 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,071
Core i3 560
4,338

GeekBench

Core i7 2600
14,233
Core i3 560
5,289

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
i3 560 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.33 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
LGA 1156
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 73W
Annual home energy cost 41.87 $/year 17.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 112.13 $/year 63.95 $/year
Performance per watt 6.48 pt/W 2.17 pt/W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 59.31W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Core i7 2600  vs
i3 560 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,160,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.22 - 1.43V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.93 GHz 4.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 3.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz 4.03 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 733 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 16,773.12 MB
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