I bought this CPU for about 300 euro. I bought it for my custom build PC which had a budget of 1350 euro, and processor is one of the most important parts of the pc, and because of the good reviews I saw on the internet I bought this one.
On the internet people told that this CPU was easy to be overclocked, which is offcourse nice but not needed. 3,4 Ghz I7 doesn't need to be overclocked at all. But if you want to overclock, this is the processor you want. When you overclock just make sure that the processor wont get too hot. If it gets above 120 celcius it will shut down.
Nothing wrong with the processor cooler that you get when you buy this CPU but it's better to buy another one if you want to OC a lot.
For me (as a gamer) this one works great (in combination with other good hardware). So if you are looking for a good processor choose this one.
My set up is:
Cooler Master CM II 690 Advanced
Corsair 2x 4 GB RAM
2x Asus GTX 560
Corsair 850 TX
Asus P8P67 PRO
64 GB Samsung SSD
1 TB WD HDD
and offcourse the I7-2600k
Probably wont cost 1350 euro anymore.
Because it's an older serie you pay less.
First of all I think that if you're reading a review of this product you somewhat know what you're dealing with already, this processor really is a top of the line device and I do not believe that many others go where this has gone.
I bought this processor for a custom build PC I was doing, I was creating it at no expense spared hence why i decided after lots of shopping around that this was the CPU for me. The i7 automatically stands out to anyone with a knowledge of of computers, it has a high spec combined with fair pricing to match. Now for the technical jargon, the i7 2600's clock speed is at 3.4 GHz a fair amount for the price being paid, with a maximum frequency of 3.8 GHz. As you also will probably know this is a quad core processor which for most high processing needs will suffice however you are able to get a hex core i7 ( six cores ) but unless you really have the demand I believe this is unnecessary as this processor seems to handle all jobs with ease. The processor has a quite large 8 MB of cache, again more than enough for the average PC user and even for those using software packages with large processing power demands 8 MB should be able to cover it.
The maximum memory capability of this processor is 32 GB but i don't understand why anyone would ever need so much RAM and if they did they would probably be purchasing a more expensive processor. It probably doesn't need saying but this processor is capable of both HD and 3D processing so if used with an adequate monitor you can get HD and 3D images.
In conclusion of this i believe that this is a great processor for anyone, even those with high processing demands although i would check how much processing you need and compare it to the tech specs before purchasing but anyone else and those who just browse the web this is a perfect processor as there is most probably nothing that it will not handle with you. I enjoy having it effortlessly do as i demand without having to wait for it like i did on my previous PC.
This review is based on the i7 2600k I bought a couple of months ago and installed as a full computer build at the time.
Having studied the market for processors for a while and assessed the various options, I opted to go for the 2600k Intel processor simply because it is in a market of its own when you consider performance and price. Given you can buy these with a fair bit of change from £300, it is amazing that this is one of the top performing processors if not the top processor out there for consumer computing.
The chip itself is a standard size which works with the 1155 socket motherboards. I will review the other components I purchased separately. Essentially, there are three key issues you need to consider when deciding whether to purchase this processor:
1. If you are a truly budget build, then this processor will not be for you. There are much cheaper options out there which will, of course, have significantly poorer performance to go along with the cheaper price. If you are considering a mid-range set-up, however, this processor is hands down the best performer on the market.
2. Decide what you want to use the computer for. If you are after gaming only and will not require to run multiple complex applications simultaneously or do heavy photo/video editing, then this processor will not be necessary. You will not notice any significant difference between its performance and that of the lesser sibling - the i2500k. I would get the cheaper option instead. The reason for this is the fact that each core of this processor has two separate coils which, when doing things like video editing/rendering will create a lot of benefit which no modern computer games come close to being able to utilise at present.
3. How urgent is your computer build. I would normally always advise to never wait for computer components as undoubtedly whenever you build a system, it will become somewhat outdated within a matter of months, but with new processors in the price range at much improved performance rumoured by both, Intel and AMD over the next two months, it is always worth a small amount of consideration given that these processors have been around for the best part of half a year.
In terms of performance, I cannot fault this processor. While I am no gaming enthusiast, it ran Far Cry 2 at max settings for everything using up about 20% of its capacity and hardly heating up. All video editing and other needs I have bestowed on it were incredibly quick. If you are after framerate comparisons, etc, then do a quick google search, but if you want to know how to build a monster performance PC for a fraction of the cost a pre-built option would set you back, look no further than this processor!