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Windows 7: i7-2600 or i7-2600K?


19 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 
i7-2600 or i7-2600K?

I'm not sure whether to buy the i7-2600K ($316) or the regular i7-2600 ($286). Will I see much difference in performance?

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19 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you want to Overclock the 2600-K.
If you do not care about overclocking the 2600.

Performance will be the exact same at the default speed.
The only difference is the K is unlocked, making it the ideal choice for overclockers.
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19 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

But the i7-2600 can still be OC'ed?
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19 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
But the i7-2600 can still be OC'ed?

i think it can be OC'ed with right motherboard, but not to the same extent as k, and its more difficult to do so.
so if you really want to OC, K is better.

IMHO if you dont really need +4 virtual (HT) cores that i7 adds
more value is in i5 2500k or if you dont want to OC 2400 best performance per $
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19 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I might go with the K then. I have no current plans for overclocking but I have a feeling that I will in the future. Thanks for your help everyone.
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19 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vaidas3 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
But the i7-2600 can still be OC'ed?

i think it can be OC'ed with right motherboard, but not to the same extent as k, and its more difficult to do so.
so if you really want to OC, K is better.

IMHO if you dont really need +4 virtual (HT) cores that i7 adds
more value is in i5 2500k or if you dont want to OC 2400 best performance per $
The overclockability of the non-k Sandy Bridge CPUs is typically a few percent - hardly worth bothering with.

With the unlocked multiplier, 4.2 GHz is usually easy. 5.0 may be difficult with air cooling.
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19 Jul 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

The only other real difference is on board graphics wit the 2600 not with the K version.
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