CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2600 vs 3570K


Benchmark performance using all cores

PassMark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

PassMark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 2600

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More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz vs 1,150 MHz More than 15% better turbo clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Higher GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark score 8,270 vs 7,161 More than 15% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark11 physics score 7,700 vs 6,430 Around 20% better 3DMark11 physics score
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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
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
Better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,406.6 vs 2,824.9 More than 90% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 3.98 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better performance per dollar 4.84 pt/$ vs 3.19 pt/$ More than 50% better performance per dollar
Slightly lower typical power consumption 107.5W vs 114.5W More than 5% lower typical power consumption
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.49 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual home energy cost 38.81 $/year vs 41.87 $/year More than 5% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600 vs i5 3570K

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
Core i5 3570K

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
Core i5 3570K

x264 HD 4.0

Core i7 2600
85.82 fps
Core i5 3570K
100.16 fps

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 2600  vs
i5 3570K 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 77W
Annual home energy cost 41.87 $/year 38.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 112.13 $/year 106 $/year
Performance per watt 7.32 pt/W 7.35 pt/W
Idle power consumption 74W 67W
Peak power consumption 128W 121W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 107.5W


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


Core i7 2600  vs
i5 3570K 
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
Transistor count 1,160,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 34 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.98 GHz 4.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.4 GHz 4.49 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,824.9 5,406.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.98 GHz 4.61 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX 10.x 10.x
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
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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