CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2600K vs 4670K

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

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Intel Core i5 4670K 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 2600K

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
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
Much higher GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 350 MHz Around 2.5x higher GPU clock speed
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz vs 1,200 MHz Around 15% better turbo clock speed
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.09 GHz vs 4.54 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better 3DMark11 physics score 7,700 vs 6,830 Around 15% better 3DMark11 physics score
Slightly better PassMark score 8,494 vs 7,804 Around 10% better PassMark score
Slightly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,835.1 vs 5,198.5 More than 10% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.24 GHz vs 4.63 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 32 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 114.2W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,243 vs 1,920 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better performance per dollar 4.62 pt/$ vs 2.87 pt/$ More than 60% better performance per dollar
Better performance per watt 13.19 pt/W vs 7.62 pt/W Around 75% better performance per watt
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 7,335 vs 5,991 More than 20% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Marginally newer Apr, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 41.8 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 111.78 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 25,519 vs 22,875 More than 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2600K vs i5 4670K

GeekBench (32-bit)

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 2600K Core i5 4670K @ community.futuremark.com
In Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage, its score of 11,583 is okay and its 2,173 rating is solidly unexceptional—at the Entry (1,024-by-768) and Performance (1,280-by-1,024) presets respectively.
Core i7 2600K | by PCMag (Jan, 2011)

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Core i7 2600K Core i5 4670K @ anandtech.com
Things started to look impressive with Cinebench R11.5 rendering test, where the 2600K earned 6.86 points—the highest we've seen for any CPU within this general price class.
Core i7 2600K | by PCMag (Jan, 2011)

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

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Passmark

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Passmark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Core i7 2600K  vs i5 4670K 

9.0
8.0
The new chip is as much as 30 to 40 per cent quicker.
Core i7 2600K

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2600K  vs
i5 4670K 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
FMA3
SSE2
EM64T
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
AVX 2.0
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,350 MHz 1,200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
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

details

Core i7 2600K  vs
i5 4670K 
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 nms 22 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 72.72°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 2,016 57
Overclocked clock speed 5.09 GHz 4.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.24 GHz 4.63 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 5,835.1 5,198.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.09 GHz 4.54 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 84W
Annual home energy cost 41.8 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 111.78 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 7.62 pt/W 13.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 114.2W 68.25W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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