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. It’s value is noticeable as one does not need to break the bank in order to have a processor that can do it all, and at a high clock-speed.
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. The inclusion of Intel Hyper Threading in the i7-2600K makes a world of difference in multi-threaded programming and multi-tasking. This CPU is designed to handle a range of demanding tasks, not just a couple of specific purposes.
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. However, it does so in a way much different than before, since the most important highlight about Sandy Bridge is not its processing power but the new integrated graphics.
Conclusion: Both are great, the Core i5 is sufficient for most people. The Core i7 is the top-notched gear – buy that one if you have a lot of money. Sorry, no overclocking as nor temperature report. These were engineering samples + my lack of time + some issues arose during the period where the goods are with me. I did manage to try the i7 on i5′s heatsink and ran folding@home 24/7 and the temperatures didn’t even breach 75c even on a hot day.
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.
Conclusion: The performance gains seen here are reminiscent of those seen when Intel launched its core2 architecture with the core2 duo series of processors. The 2nd generation of core processors does things faster, while guzzling less energy. They run cooler and over-clock easier (the K series)
There are no reasons not to recommend either of these two processors. If you do a lot of image/ video manipulation the 2600K is a blessing.
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. The gap between the i5-2500K and i7-2600K is virtually nil due to the single-core nature of the benchmarking utility. With only one core active, these processors run head-to-head.
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.