Core i7-2600: specs and benchmarks


Aggregate performance score

Core i7-2600 provides poor benchmark performance at 3.46% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.


Intel started Core i7-2600 sales 9 January 2011 at a recommended price of $247. This is a Sandy Bridge architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3800 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is LGA1155 processor with a TDP of 95 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

Primary details

Core i7-2600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking1478
Place by popularity42
Cost-effectiveness evaluation1.39
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge (2011−2013)
Release date9 January 2011 (13 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$247of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$73 (0.3x MSRP)of 15069 (EPYC 7663)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Base clock speed3.4 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.8 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 98304 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache8192 KB (shared)of 786432 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography32 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size216 mm2
Maximum core temperature73 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors1,160 millionof 92000 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplierNo


Information on Core i7-2600 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
Power consumption (TDP)95 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Fast Memory Access+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

Identity Protection+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2600's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3
Maximum memory size32 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i7-2600.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 2000
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.35 GHz
InTru 3D+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2600's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-2600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-2600 3.46


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i7-2600 5347

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-2600 611

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-2600 2050

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i7-2600 5020

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i7-2600's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.

Core i5-6400 101.16
Core i5-6402P 100.58
Core i5-4590 100.29
Core i7-2600 100
FX-8300 99.13
FX-8370E 99.13

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-2600 is FX-8300, which is slower by 1% and lower by 7 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-2600:

FX-8350 110.98
FX-8320 102.02
Core i7-2600 100
FX-8370E 99.13
FX-8300 99.13
FX-8150 97.69

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Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i7-2600, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i7-2600 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 28759 configurations using Core i7-2600 in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.7% (208/28759)
RTX 4080 GeForce RTX 4080
0.01% (4/28759)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
0.05% (13/28759)
RX 7900 XTX Radeon RX 7900 XTX
0.02% (6/28759)
RTX 4070 SUPER GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER
0.003% (1/28759)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.1% (29/28759)
RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 7900 XT
0.003% (1/28759)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.007% (2/28759)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.1% (36/28759)
RTX 4070 GeForce RTX 4070
0.02% (7/28759)

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