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Retro review: Core i7 2600K Tested in 2018 - Time to upgrade?

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. airbud7

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    me too ...
     
  2. DLD

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    An excellent review. I would stress these conclusions: "if you bought a Core i7 2600K back in the days, it probably has been the best investment for a PC you could have possibly made."; "the CPU still is a very capable one"; "The Core i7 2600K will still get the job done and works fine for gaming";)
     
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    I honestly wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed that out. But speaking of avatars, are you by chance a fan of Be'lakor? :p
     
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    I wasn't going to quote him at first. :p
     
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    This review comes at a really interesting time as I'm actually upgrading my 2600k at the end of the month to a 8700k. My 2600k has been a superb chipset and only until recently have I decided to make the jump. It's been a sufficient workhorse surviving the GPU upgrades which have been alot more frequent from a 7970 to a 295x2 to a 1080ti seahawk x. Agreeing with others in the fact it has been overclocked for a relatively long time at 4.8ghz with memory at stock 1600mhz. 3D Mark scores on Fire Strike Standard on the 1080ti have been just under 18000 which have been more than sufficient. The Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3 board has been a beaut and literally hasn't given me any problems for the last 8 years, hence I will be moving on to the Maximus X Hero. Thanks for the great review and I think this has solidified my decision :)
     
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    Yep, love em. They are writing their next album now, can't wait to see what they do - I loved vessels.

    Honestly it's the perfect time for this article with Ryzen + 6 core parts from Intel coming out. It's like the first time in years CPU's really feel like they are moving forward. Hopefully the trend continues now that AMD is clearly back in it again.
     
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    Seriously you took a cpu sku that had 90% rates of reaching 4.6GHz and can run 2133 / 2400MHz RAM just fine and reviewed it in stock its configuration with 1333MHz ram.

    I still have my 2700k running 2400MHz ram and 4.7GHz after all these years in a friend's machine. Still have 2 sata 3 ports, which is good enough for 2 SSDs and requires only fair cooling for that amount of overclock and without the stupidity of the requirement that is delidding.

    I disliked this review.
     
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    Present! Still running a 4.5GHz 2600K which suffers a bit in some games where it even reaches 91/92 degrees but i never put too much time into optimizing my oc, i was pretty satisfied with this performance, especially with the crappy cooler i'm using.
     
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    Is it stock clock? Well, Sandy Bridge were coming significantly underclocked. They can easily work at 40% higher clock at one click. There is no point to compare them on a stock clock. Nobody's using them at stock clock.
     
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    Still running my 2600k at 4.4ghz with 16gb 2133 DDR3. Not upgrading for as long as is possible. It does everything i need. I also feel, in my years of building PC's, the 2600k was the best investment in a cpu i ever made. The longevity of it is astonishing in "PC" years.
     
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    good stuff hh,think im gonna hold onto this 3770k a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit longer
     
  12. Koniakki

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    Post #23 and #53 respectively in previous pages:

    And quote from the Conclusion of the article(first paragraph):

    "Our H67 motherboard refused to tweak whatsoever BTW. We'll try and update this article with OC results as we're trying to get a P67/Z68 motherboard for further testing."

    :)
     
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    Pretty good article, but you really did need to include some major games like BF1 and a couple other CPU heavy games. Testing for FPS stability is also something that could be done.

    I'd go with less CPUs to test and more decent firsthand testing with competitors.

    I run a 2600K at 4.4 and it has been really good so far. No major complaints. I am not sure I can get more than 4.4 on this card with my mobo. 4.5 seemed a bit too heavy, though it could have been other factors, and this is a 24/7 CPU for me.

    I also run 2133 RAM on my mobo. But I do appreciate getting a glimpse of where the 2600K is. It's very apparent it's still a really good CPU to have. For those of us on Win 7 it's also really nice to have.
     
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    I don't think a test to 4.7 is even remotely close to what normal people will get or what you will get with a totally stable CPU and a decent cooler. With my setup my card seems to like 4.4 over anything else for complete stability. Now .3 GHz isn't really going to get you much, but testing with only a completely stable number is the best thing to do.

    I would also test with 2133 RAM, as that is going to be fairly stable and easy to acquire.

    Even 4.0 GHz might be a better idea as that is a minimum you would get out of every single card pretty much.
     
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    I had that chip running at 4.5ghz with HT enabled with zero issues.....until the motherboard crapped out. If I remember correctly, I think I even told you I thought the motherboard was faulty. If you stick it on a P67, Z68 or another Z77 board, it should have no issue getting back to 4.5ghz with proper cooling. Just don't use an ASRock Z77 Extreme4.....lol
     
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    Apparently, I'm one of the lucky ones to have reached more than 4.5ghz on these chips. A budget build with a 2600k, I could see a reason to jump ship. With the right equipment, these chips are still beast..
     
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    My MSI motherboard is decent, but it also may be the issue with overclocking. I just don't really care to mess with it though because it runs 4.4 all day in any game so far. My MSI board is from when their BIOS kind of sucked. Could also be my older cooler, but temps are great at 4.4 so whatevs no big deal to me.
     
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    In Vermintide 2 I do use guru3d Tag, as there tags are based on steam group membership... I think it is good advertising :D
     
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    I love mine 2500k. It just keeps on delivering frames with nice OC. Probably the best consumer CPU, considering price, performance and how long it lasts.

    Hope we will see some breakthrough in CPU performance with Zen2 and Intel upcoming Cannonlake.
    There no any CPU/Arc that came close to what Sandy Bridge offered. Zen has yet to proof itself.
     
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    I'm rocking an AMD Phenom II X4 955 (non-B.E 95watt rev. c3.), Intel Core i7 3770K, Intel Core i7 5960X, Intel Core i7 6900K and a AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and personally I am still very surprised how the old Phenom II holds up in 1440p gaming, I would have though it would be a much larger bottleneck than it' actually is.
     

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