Intel Core i7-2600K

Intel 2600K

The Intel Core i7-2600K is a high-end quad-core desktop processor of the Sandy Bridge generation. It was announced at the beginning of 2011 and was the fastest CPU of this series at that time. However it does not offer all Sandy Bridge features, as vPro, VT-d and Trusted-Execution features are deactivated.

The four processor cores are able to handle 8 threads in parallel (due to Hyperthreading) and offer a base clock rate of 3.4 GHz. Under load, the cores can be overclocked automatically to up to 3.8 GHz with sufficient cooling:

  • 3.8 GHz - 1 core load
  • 3.7 GHz - 2 cores load
  • 3.6 GHz - 3 cores load
  • 3.5 GHz - 4 cores load

As a member of the "K-familiy" the i7-2600K is easily overclockable due to the open multiplicator.

The Die also includes an graphics card called Intel HD Graphics 3000 that clocks with 850 to 1350 MHz (also due to Turbo Boost). Furthermore, an integrated dual channel memory controller is able to handle up to 32 GB of DDR3-1333.

SeriesIntel Core i7 (Desktop)
CodenameSandy Bridge
Clock Rate3400 - 3800 MHz
Level 2 Cache1024 KB
Level 3 Cache8192 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)95 Watt
Transistor Count995 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size216 mm2
Max. Temperature72.6 °C
SocketLGA1155
FeaturesSSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, Turbo Boost (3.80GHz), Hyper-Threading, VT-x, AES-NI, Intel 64, Idle States, EIST, Thermal Monitoring Technologies, Intel Fast Memory Access, Intel Flex Memory Access, XD bit, open Multiplicator
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $317 U.S.
Announcement Date01/03/2011
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2600K

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 6358     avg: 6642.1 (77.95%)     max: 6791 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 10.2     avg: 10.2 (99.74%)     max: 10.2 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 22.4     avg: 22.4 (99.94%)     max: 22.4 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 559.6     avg: 559.6 (97.57%)     max: 559.6 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 118000     avg: 118000 (56%)     max: 118000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 82400     avg: 82400 (63.22%)     max: 82400 MFLOPS
PCMark Vantage: Result 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 8840     avg: 17382.1 (72.85%)     max: 20391 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4809     avg: 4809 (74.86%)     max: 4809 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 18608     avg: 18608 (68.18%)     max: 18608 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 22897     avg: 22897 (63.44%)     max: 22897 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 6001     avg: 6001 (24.16%)     max: 6001 Points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 22530     avg: 23586 (41.47%)     max: 24019 Points
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 10.5     avg: 10.5 (98.79%)     max: 10.5 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 328     avg: 328 (97.62%)     max: 328 seconds*
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.6     avg: 7.6 (96.83%)     max: 7.6 points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 6.76     avg: 6.8 (55.75%)     max: 6.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 1.51     avg: 1.5 (1.06%)     max: 1.51 Points
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 7865     avg: 8589.3 (71.13%)     max: 9487 points
wPrime 1.55: 32m
0% 100%
min: 7.144     avg: 7.1 (98.77%)     max: 7.144 seconds*
wPrime 1.55: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 233.988     avg: 234 (99.64%)     max: 233.988 seconds*
WinRAR: Result
0% 100%
min: 3486     avg: 3486 (67.25%)     max: 3486 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 1
0% 100%
min: 145     avg: 145 (81.94%)     max: 145 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 2
0% 100%
min: 36.5     avg: 36.5 (65.42%)     max: 36.5 fps
TrueCrypt: AES Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 3.3     avg: 3.3 (63.11%)     max: 3.3 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Twofish Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.561     avg: 0.6 (63.21%)     max: 0.561 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Serpent Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.315     avg: 0.3 (17.56%)     max: 0.315 GB/s
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 150.6     avg: 157.3 (98.52%)     max: 164 ms*
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 7754     avg: 7754 (61.99%)     max: 7754 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 9443     avg: 9443 (71.31%)     max: 9443 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 9088     avg: 9088 (54.78%)     max: 9088 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 5074     avg: 5074 (59.55%)     max: 5074 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 2537     avg: 2537 (27.44%)     max: 2537 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 43984     avg: 44392.4 (82%)     max: 44752 Points
3DMark (2013): Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6298     avg: 6344.4 (24.7%)     max: 6399 Points
3DMark (2013): Fire Strike Standard Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 8740     avg: 8779.8 (64.4%)     max: 8814 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 47000     avg: 47000 (98.64%)     max: 47000 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 44250     avg: 44250 (85.2%)     max: 44250 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 2975     avg: 2975 (88.67%)     max: 2975 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 11506     avg: 11506 (89.65%)     max: 11506 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1296.9     avg: 1296.9 (100%)     max: 1296.9 ms*
Octane V2: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 7883     avg: 15416.5 (64.38%)     max: 22950 Points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i7 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
   3.6 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X
   3.3 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4770K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 990X EE
   3.47 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 980X EE
   3.33 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3770K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2700K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2600K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 975
   3.33 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 960
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 950
   3.06 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 940
   2.93 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920
   2.66 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i7 3840QM
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 4850HQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 4710HQ
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 4710MQ
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 3820QM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2600K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
+ Intel Core i7 3740QM
   2.7 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Xeon (Desktop) X5670
   2.93 GHz / 1536 KB + 12288 KB
+ Intel Core i7 3720QM
   2.6 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4700HQ
   2.4 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4700MQ
   2.4 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-02-23)