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Windows 7: CPU (2600k vs 2700k)

17 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU (2600k vs 2700k)

OK, so Im ordering the rest of my build today.

Im still left with a bit of a Dilemma. And that is, 2600k or 2700k.

I've been looking into this for the past week, and seeing all forms of different claims.

Many say, its a waste of money. Its just a 2600k with a multi bump. nothing more. It clocks the same, and theres no difference at all.

But others say it is indeed a better chip. That the large majority of 2600s can not even reach the 5Ghz clock we see at reviews, and the good clocking (low voltage) ones are becoming much harder to get, because they are now 2700ks.

At any count, it does seem they clock fairly well. Although some of the earlier 2600Ks could as well.

But this review (if it can be trusted) was a bit interesting.
Intel Core i7 2700k Flagship Showdown Review - eTeknix
From what we saw by clocking the chip to 5.3GHz at 1.5 volts, its nothing to be laughed at and actually performs slightly better than the 2600k weve been using in terms of clock for clock speed
Very few are actually comparing them clock for clock. Granted the difference is little to none, but does this mean it may in fact be a bit revised and better chip?

So, at this point in the game .. Whats a better option.
2600K and hope for a good one, or the 2700K. (Just with a bit better odds of a really good one)

I wont be reaching for huge clocks for a 24/7 speeds, but I would want something that can clock well at lower voltages (thus less heat)

I can go do either or, so the price ATM isnt that huge of a deal. But with the 2700, ill just have put on hold a few little extra things I was planning. (fan controller etc.) But the main build will be done.
Not really a big deal, thats all easy to add later.

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17 Nov 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I don't know you, but I would guess that if you bought the 2600K, you would always be wondering that a certain higher clock would be more easily attained if you had only bought the 2700K--and at that point you could not undo the decision.

On the other hand, if you buy the 2700K, I assume you will be able to get all of your goodies soon enough, albeit delayed due to budget.

You are less likely to regret a 2700K purchase, from what I gather from your posts. Why take a chance on regrets?
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17 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

LOL, thanks :) And good points.

May just stick with the 2700 then.
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17 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'm pretty certain that with normal everyday use of my computer, I could not discern a difference between the standard clock speeds, nor the overclocked speeds between the two. For this reason, I would go with the less expensive option. If they were nearly identical, I would probably opt for the 2700...but I wouldn't pay more than $40 for it.
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17 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Really, they'll put out around the same amount of heat.
The only difference between the two is a higher multiplier and the fact that the 2700k is clocked very slightly higher, as you can see.

Some say the 2700Ks are actually cherry-picked 2600Ks, but I don't know of any validity to that.

The 2700K's only gonna be better for you if you're an enthusiast overclocker. Otherwise, the 2600K is gonna be fine for you.
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