Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) Review

Rating: 88
Price : 17000

The Intel Core i7-2600K processor is a aces successor to the i7-860 and i7-920 at absence alarm speeds. On balance, paying about the aforementioned bulk for a higher-mid range processor and accepting a 25 per cent access in achievement (besides overclockability) is a accord that is actual harder to canyon up. Despite the accelerated atrium changes Intel is traveling through, we can cautiously say that those searching to body a achievement PC will not affliction a Sandy Bridge purchase

Pros:

* 3.4 GHz frequency
* Unlocked multiplier for further overclockability
* 2nd Generation 32nm processor
* Improved performance/power efficiency
* CPU onboard graphics

Cons:

* Requires new motherboard, Intel’s 3rd socket change in as many years
* Base Clock is locked

Specifications
One of the big changes in the Intel Core i7-2600K is the requirement of an entirely new processor socket – LGA1155, which requires a new set of motherboards, based on the Intel P67 or H67 chipset. The model numbers have undergone a change too, with four digits being used now instead of three. The “K” suffix at the end denotes that it is a multiplier-unlocked variant, which you’d have to pay a premium for, as overclocking has been rendered more difficult now. Intel still uses DDR3 memory of course.

The quad-core 2600K offers a 95W TDP, an 8MB L3 cache, 256KB L2 cache per core (making it 1MB in all) and 64KB L1 cache per core (256KB in total). It supports HyperThreading (thus allowing for 8 threads simultaneously), operates at 3.4 GHz by default, and offers TurboBoost upto 3.8 GHz

We tested the Intel Core i7-2600K processor on a test rig comprising of the following components – an Intel DP67BG motherboard, stock Intel heatsink and cooler, 8 GB of Silicon Power DDR3 RAM in dual-channel mode, Radeon 5970 graphics card, Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, Tagan BZ-1300W PSU, 1080p monitor, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition and Radeon Catalyst 10.12 graphics drivers.

All test scores on record were run at default clock speeds. For comparison, we have here the Intel Core i7-965 with a DX58SO motherboard and 12GB of DDR3 RAM in triple-channel mode. Storage input/output, USB, RAM and processor cache speeds measured up to the level expected. We then ran synthetic benchmark tests.
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Overclocking

Most humans who canyon over the accepted i7-2600 and buy the i7-2600K, will do so for overclockability. The alternative with a “K” has an apart multiplier, and we absitively to see how top it could go, application adherence as absolute by an AIDA-64 accent test. With a tiny voltage increase, It managed 4.33 GHz and concluded up accepting “throttled” for thermal affidavit by the BIOS, so that was all we could attain from a simple chiral overclock “on air”, but this bulk is still a abounding Gigahertz college than its accustomed speed. At the added speed, there was a added achievement jump in real-world bold benches, capricious from 15% to about aught depending on the bold in question.

The absolute SandyBridge agency now has cartoon onboard the processor (not DirectX 11 though). The Intel HD Cartoon 3000 has added achievement by upto 3 times, with its “Execution Units” model, which will beggarly a lot for lower-end PC gaming and be a almighty blackmail to low-end cartoon cards. As with the antecedent bearing the “P” achievement aggressive boards cannot accomplish use of the IGP, while those apparent in the “H” alternation can. Check aback in a while to see how it performed in video encoding and gaming tests. Even added absorbing for desktop users in India, would be the bulk of their 2300/2400 processors.

Bottom Line

The Intel Core i7-2600K is a aces almsman to the i7-860 and i7-920 at absence alarm speeds. If Sandy Bridge permeates the absolute market, the (relatively) lower-end LGA1156 motherboards and processors can deeply airing into the sunset. In fact, even the X58 band (including the hexacores) can now be aching off the wish-list of a lot of ambitious gaming/performance PC buyers, replacing the aforementioned with a Sandy Bridge lath and processor instead.

On balance, paying about the aforementioned bulk for a higher-midrange processor and accepting a 25 per cent access in achievement (besides overclockability) is a accord that is actual harder to canyon up. Despite the accelerated atrium changes Intel is traveling through, we can cautiously say that those searching to body a achievement PC will not affliction a Sandy Bridge purchase.

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