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. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well.
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 very well with a P67 Express motherboard
Conclusion: Intel's Sandy Bridge processors represent a genuine step forward in chip evolution. Now packing in refined, efficient CPU cores and an improved GPU on to the same portion of silicon, Intel has done away with the need for chipset-based graphics for good. Sandy Bridge is an improvement over 2010's Lynnfield chips in practically every way save for the limited overclocking potential available on regular, non-K chips.
Excerpt: The Intel Core i7-2600K 'Sandy Bridge' processor is a worthy successor to the i7-860 and i7-920 chips at default clock speeds. On balance, paying about the same amount for a higher-end processor and getting a 25 per cent increase in performance (besides overclockability) is a deal that is very hard to pass up.
Excerpt: The release of Intel’s second generation of Core Processors has been a hot topic of conversion among the enthusiast audience now for many months. They have a total of twenty nine new chips reaching retail and today KitGuru will be looking at the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k, both of which have fully unlocked cores.
Excerpt: Конец прошлого и начало этого года оказались богаты на новости. Под конец 2010 года все обсуждали новые видеокарты Nvidia и AMD, а едва наступивший 2011 год ознаменовался презентацией новой платформы Intel — Sandy Bridge. Мы протестировали один из двух представленных тогда процессоров — Intel Core i7-2600K.