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5.0 out of 5 stars Screams., February 9, 2011
During my most recent build I upgraded from a Q6600 -- which was a good chip back in its day. This chip SCREAMS, however.

I have it overclocked to 4.5 Ghz on ASUS P8P67 PRO motherboard with 8 gigs of G Skill ripjaws ram using the Asus AI Suite. Windows Experience Index gives this a score of 7.8 in my system. Passmark Software CPU Benchmark (google them) ranks this processor the 7th best performing CPU, in the following order (it was Number 3 when I bought it):

Intel Core i7 990X @ 3.47GHz cpu mark: 10,917 NA
Intel Core i7 995X @ 3.60GHz cpu mark: 10,795 NA
Intel Core i7 980X @ 3.33GHz cpu mark: 10,482 $999.99*
Intel Core i7 970 @ 3.20GHz cpu mark: 9,925 $899.99**
Intel Xeon X5680 @ 3.33GHz cpu mark: 9,721 $1,676.49*
Intel Xeon W3680 @ 3.33GHz cpu mark: 9,655 $1,127.12*
Intel Xeon X5675 @ 3.07GHz cpu mark: 9,326 NA
Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz cpu mark: 9,291 $329.99**

Note that three of the CPU's that have better performance scores are NOT commercially available at the current time, and the remaining three processors are three to five times the price of this one. The closest desktop AMD processor is the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, which has cpu mark scores only in the 6000 range. Passmark also has a price-to-performance chart that rates your best bang for the buck, though many of the highest scoring processors on that chart are simply much slower and much cheaper.

I am very happy with this: it overclocks extremely well and stays very cool. It runs all my programs with blazing speed, including BFBC2 with all settings on high. At 4.5 Ghz and full load, it doesn't go over 38 degrees Celsius.

Get it at this price while they're still available. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2011 1:28:12 PM PST
Update: I downloaded and ran Passmark's Performance Test 7.0 Benchmark software. After overclocking, my cpu mark score registers at 11384.4. This is one amazing cpu!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2011 3:49:02 AM PST
Bear says:
Yes, this seems to score very high on Passmark, not as well on some other benches comparatively though. Mine hit 11700 @ 4.5 ghz which is more than double some of the last generation i7s, a little too good to be true. Not sure how accurate Passmark is

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 2:16:12 PM PST
David Tay says:
Just wondering, but which heatsink/fan are you using with your i7-2600K? The stock Intel unit or a third-party?

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 12:39:48 PM PST
I have the same configuration as Humble and I agree with everything he said.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 9:03:23 AM PDT
Acontius says:
Any idea why this is dual-channel rather than triple channel?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 11:05:38 AM PDT
@Wei-Choon Tay: I am using the Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus. I posted a review of that cooling solution here on Amazon as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 11:23:26 AM PDT
@Acontius: I can only venture to guess. The Sandy Bridge dual channel memory bandwith exceeds 20Gb/s, placing it on par with the triple channel 1366 architecture. In that respect, its dual channel architecture is therefore not a deficiency for comparison purposes. Just my humble opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 1:26:58 PM PDT
Acontius says:
Not a deficiency seems right, especially considering how it can be a pain to get the right multiples of RAM sticks to take advantage of tri-channel.

And thanks for the thumbs up on the Hyper 212 Plus. I was afraid the V8 would be too heavy, as the specs show it to be more than a half-pound heavier. (Not that I plan on moving my rig much, but still, why pile on more weight if not needed?)

Your reviews are much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 9:09:51 PM PDT
Joe White says:
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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 5:51:24 PM PDT
Cricket says:
"At 4.5 Ghz and full load, it doesn't go over 38 degrees Celsius."

Are you sure about that? With a Hyper 212 Plus, mine @ 3.4/3.8 GHz idles around 28 (it's 27 in the room) and loads around 65. 38 is extremely cool unless you live in an igloo. As for Bad Company 2, it's not that CPU-dependent.
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