- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: BX80623I72700K
- Processor Count: 4
- Computer CPU Speed: 2.1 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I72700K
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- Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2700K
- Frequency: 3.5 GHz
- Max Turbo Frequency: 3.9 GHz
- Intel Smart Cache: 8 MB
- Socket: LGA 1155
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However, the i7(2700) has hyper-treading and is better suited when working with heavy 4-dimensional projects with the 4th dimension being time as in HD video editing and commercial database recordings.
In such a heavy scenario, the CPU could be working 100% for hours if not 24/7 and that is where we separate the 2700 from the 2700K, they have the same performance but the 2700K has more tolerance for extreme drawn out loads. That is why you'll find the 2700K in Hollywood workstations like Apple Towers and HP Z-series rendering scenes for the next featured movie where just a few seconds of a movie takes days if not weeks to render.
Wait you say... Apple Towers and HP Z-series workstations use Xeon cpu's not 2700K. Right and wrong. 2700's are actually handicapped Xeons. When Intel makes a cpu by etching billions of transistors onto a silicon wafer its inevitable that some are great CPU's and some junk CPU's. They get sorted out unto different bins. The most perfect CPU's are put in the Xeon bin and are shipped to companies who make computers for mission-critical businesses such as banks, government agencies, Hollywood, etc.
Most of the real estate in a CPU is dedicated to cache so lots of transistor faults are in the cache area. While a fault in a core part of a CPU requires the entire CPU be scrapped, Intel can still sell a CPU with a fault in the cache part by disabling it.Read more ›
So I took a chance and ordered the 2700k hoping they binned 2600k's for 2700k or that the fab process had gotten a little better and would increase the tolerances on these chips. I was delighted to see, with minimal effort overclocking and no voltage tuning (outside auto) I was able to boot into 5.2 GHz. I'm now running at 5.1 GHZ with 4x4 16 Gig of RAM @1866 (very hard on the IMC controller) and is Prime95 stable. It was a risk, as I could have gotten a truly terrible replacement chip from the edge of the silicon wafer which would have meant stock speeds and not much more. So I'm thrilled I spent the extra money and how this turned out.
The results are impressive. In the past, when running 18MPixel CR2 (RAW) to JPEG conversion on the notoriously slow but good DxO Optics Pro 7, I used to get 1 frame per minute throughput on an otherwise fast Intel Core2Duo laptop before (and one frame every 10-15 seconds with Lightroom 3). Now, with the 2700K and making use of its 8-thread hyper-thereaded architecture, I am getting one DxO-converted frame every 6 seconds (and one lightroom frame every 1-2 seconds) :-)! So this CPU, when confronted with the elements and pushed a bit, can deliver stunning performance.
Therefore I find this CPU (and the other i7's) a great match for computers built for photo and video editing, as the hyperthreading architecture really shows its best in such environments. 5 Stars.
If I had built the rig for gaming, I'd probably pick an i5 instead and put the extra money into the GPU, since most games are running single-threaded for the heavy part.
Of course, I had to push the setup even further by adding an AsusTek HD 6850 GPU to the mix (some of the best computing power values it seems, especially if you build a low-noise setup).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll start with saying I've owned this processor for almost 4 years now and it has not let me down once. Mine is overclocked to 4. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Labrier
I bought this CPU two years ago and it has been working perfectly on my Gigabyte Z77X-UD5 Motherboard. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jbrunson1930
Incredible processor for use with my EVGA Z68 Motherboard. Could not be happier. Loving the computer I built with it. My Other computers seem non-functional by comparison.Published 9 months ago by Richard Lambert
I bought mine in 2011 and have had it OC'd at 4.0 Ghz since then. Yes it's not much of an OC, but I don't need much more than that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ben