Intel Core i7-2600K
Released January, 2011
The Pros:Widely supported by a wide range of motherboard manufacturers and operating systems. Easy to overclock with an onboard turbo switch. Runs extremely stable, rarely if ever responsible for a system crash.
The Cons:At maximum load the included fan lets the CPU get pretty hot, may be worth replacing or enhancing the cooling system in the case.
The Intel Core i7-2600K is a high-end quad-core consumer desktop processor compatible with LGA1155 socket types. It features an unlocked multiplier for enhanced overclocking performance, integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and Intel Hyper-Threading technology.
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Additionally, the i7-2600K sports 32 nanometer lithography and a max TDP of 95 watts.
The i7-2600K's unlocked multiplier allows enthusiasts to achieve faster performance by independently raising its clock speeds without impacting other system components. Its integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics allow the i7-2600K to handle high definition and 3D media right out of the box with any motherboard that supports its on-die graphics. Meanwhile, the i7-2600K's Hyper-Threading technology allows each individual processor core to perform two tasks simultaneously, effectively making it behave like an eight-core processor for greater efficiency.
- 3.4 GHz clock speed
- Unlocked multiplier for enhanced overclocking performance
- Integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics
- Intel Hyper-Threading technology
- 32 nanometer lithography
- Max TDP of 95 watts
- # of cores: 4
- # of threads: 8
User Reviews (3)
widely supported by a wide range of motherboard manufacturers and operating systems
easy to overclock with an onboard turbo switch
runs extremely stable, rarely if ever responsible for a system crash
enough processing power to dramatically reduce the time it takes to render HD video edits
included fan is very quiet, generally won't hear it
one of the fastest processors available on the market today, good for bragging rights
at maximum load the included fan lets the CPU get pretty hot, may be worth replacing or enhancing the cooling system in the case
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