|Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 02 January 2011|
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Intel Core i7-2600K 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. So please use this review as just one piece of information, and do your research before making a buying decision.
Considered on its own, the Intel Core i7-2600K is a very impressive CPU. Its performance compares favorably to the mighty Core i7-980X, and is vastly superior to any of the Socket 1156 processors. At $329.99, the bang for the buck is amazing, and it will only get better as programs that can make full use of the processor's new features become available. Overclocking it to 4.5Ghz or more is easy and leads to massive increases in performance...if it's paired with a P67 Express-based motherboard. If you choose an H67-based motherboard because your application doesn't require the performance of a separate GPU, then you'll be locked out of any overclocking options for the processor.
And things are still a little confused in the Cougar Point/Sandy Bridge world: despite numerous press reports that Intel had licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for the P67 chipset, the ASUS P8P67 motherboard used in this test does not support SLI...although the Intel DP67BG and ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboards do. And that just reinforces the point: what you get out of this processor is very dependent on the motherboard it's paired with. You can have integrated video but no overclocking, or overlocking but no integrated video, or SLI or no SLI...you get the picture. If you plan to build a Sandy Bridge system, some up-front research could save you some grief later.
+ Substantial performance improvement over existing Socket 1156 processors
Cons:- Requires a new Socket 1155 motherboard
- Overclockability and features entirely dependent on motherboard
- Cougar Point systems still limited to 24 PCIe lanes
- Intel's introduction of 28 new CPUs and 10 new chipsets potentially confusing to the consumer
Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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