Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-2600K CM8062300833908 (BX80623I72600K)
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Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz Processor w/Turbo Boost Technology Long Term Review
30 January 2012
Conclusion: For where the Sandy Bridge based Intel Core i7-2600K is marketed towards, the mainstream crowd, the Core i7-2600K is a fantastic package. I think this is due to the competitive price point.
Summary: If you are on the fence between the i5-2500K and i7-2600K I would suggest pairing a Z68 chipset motherboard with the i7-2600K and wait a dozen or so paychecks to purchase your graphics card of choice.
Conclusion: As with each and every new Intel processor launch, everybody eagerly expected for Sandy Bridge to become official, and now that this day has finally come, I am happy to report this new architecture lives up to the hype.
Conclusion: The most eye-catching part of these results is the i5-2500K nearly matching the i7-870. Remember, the i7-870 features Hyper-Threading support whereas the i5-2500K does not. Impressive performance, no doubt. In Pov-Ray, the Sandy Bridge processors roll in with the best compute times.
Conclusion: Intel takes a giant step forward with the Core i7-2600K, one of its inaugural Sandy Bridge CPUs, in terms of both value and media processing. Its much-touted onboard graphics won't displace what you get with a discrete graphics card, but overall this is an impressive mainstream release.
Pros: Outstanding media-processing capabilities. Good overall computing performance. Unlocked multiplier for simplified overclocking.
Cons: Onboard video lacks DirectX 11 support, won't replace what you can get with discrete cards. Requires new motherboard. Bundled CPU cooler discourages tinkering.
Excerpt: After several weeks testing and trying out Intel's Core i7-2600k Sandybridge processor, there isn't a whole lot to say other than it's relatively cheap, it's fast and it's extremely overclockable. When a processor comes in just over US$300 and is this fast, NO ONE can complain.
Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms.
Pros: Substantial performance improvement over existing Socket 1156 processors, New vector instructions promise even better performance down the road, Enhanced Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, and power management features, Low 95 watt TDP and low processor temperatures, even when overclocked, Overclocks ...
Summary: With Sandy Bridge, Intel has set new standards in both performance and power consumption. Not only is the new hardware faster and more efficient, it is also not that expensive. These LGA1155 chips obliterate their comparably priced competition, with the Core i5-2400 and i5-2500K offering the best...