Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K Thoughts and Specs
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Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K Thoughts and Specs

With the recent bombardment of different Intel chips, sockets, and motherboards it has been a tough time for PC builders when deciding a good time to pull the trigger on your CPU upgrade. Well I took the plunge with Intel’s Sandy Bridge in the variant of the 2600k. After flying around at 4.6GHz for a while now I am am happy that I waited so long. I almost made the jump to 1366, but didn’t want to pick up any triple channel memory because I had plenty of dual channel DDR3 lying around.

Some information about the Core i7-2600K is that it can perform on the level of some of Intel’s i7 $700+ offerings. I was able to overclock this to 4.4GHz with the included stock cooler. And once I added an Antec Buhler 620 to the mix, I have a 4.6GHz OC that is completely stable. The 2600K is equiped with four cores and eight threads that packs a mighty punch when you need to do some CPU intensive tasks. It can easily go from its 3.4 GHz base speed to 3.8 GHz with Turbo Boost enabled. The K in the name of your CPU is really the only flavor of the 2600 that you should be taking a look at. This is because unlike the non K version it has an unlocked multiplier. As I stated earlier give you can easily overclock this CPU to comparable speeds of something like the Core i7-980X. But if you NEVER plan on overclocking then the 2600 will be alright.

One thing that you will need to do with the 2600K is you will need to pick up a Socket 1155 motherboard that supports the 2600K. But considering how cheap you can get a 2600K for, then this is a very worth while option for anyone like myself with an aging Socket 775. I saw massive performance gains from the 2600K across the board. From Windows load times, games, multithreaded applications, there is much to be had with this upgrade. If you’re big into photo and video work, the Core i7-2600K can give you one a higher bang for your buck than anything else currently out there. Intel’s Core i7-2600K isn’t an good option if you are hoping to use its standalone graphics chip. It is locked to Direct X 10.1 instead of the latest and greatest version 11. I would say that this is the one aspect of the 2600K that falls a little short. The Core i7-2600K is an ideal solution for enthusiasts looking for a big upgrade for not to many hard earned greenbacks. Take the jump you wont regret it!

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