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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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Much higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much better turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 30% better turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz vs 2.91 GHz More than 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 69.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz vs 2.7 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i5 3330S

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Intel Core i5 3330S

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 114.5W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
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
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs i5 3330S

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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 i5 3330S
2,180,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600  vs
i5 3330S 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad 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 10.55 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
i5 3330S 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 27
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.93 GHz 2.91 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.92 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.93 GHz 2.91 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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