CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2600 vs 3570K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3570K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3570K  based on its single-core performance and value.

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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 GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Slightly 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
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 67.4 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 6.73 pt/W vs 5.14 pt/W More than 30% better performance per watt
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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
Much better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 174.42 fps vs 75.8 fps More than 2.2x better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Significantly better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,999 vs 2,607 More than 15% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Much better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,406.6 vs 2,824.9 More than 90% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 4 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Lower typical power consumption 107.5W vs 114.5W More than 5% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.55 GHz vs 3.5 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
Lower annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year vs 112.13 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost

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

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 2600
75.8 fps
Core i5 3570K
174.42 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
10,986
Core i5 3570K
10,311

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 3570K
2,650,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2600
11,071
Core i5 3570K
10,832

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

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

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
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
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 6.73 pt/W 5.14 pt/W
Idle power consumption 74W 67W
Peak power consumption 128W 121W
Typical power consumption 114.5W 107.5W

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 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

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4 GHz 4.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 4.55 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,824.9 5,406.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4 GHz 4.61 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
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
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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