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Intel Core i7 2700K review

Topping off it's original Sandy Bridge lineup is Intel's latest

Our Verdict

A great chip, but barely any better than the 2600K. Hardly worth Intel's bother bringing it out.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • The fastest CPU in the real world
  • Lots of overclocking headroom

Against

  • Barely any better than the old 2600K
  • No new features

The vanilla Sandy Bridge lineup has a new chip in the Intel Core i7 2700K . As well as populating a new socket with the Sandy Bridge E Intel Core i7 3960X, it has seen fit to give us another brilliant processor, but what makes it different to the Intel Core i7 2600K?

Short answer: not a lot.

Not that long ago, things moved fast in the CPU industry.

Between 2005 and 2010, we progressed from piffling little 100 million transistor single-core desktop CPUs to six-core, billion-trannie mofos capable of implausible feats of number crunching.

During that period, the technology used to knock out computer chips has powered ahead, too.

We've transitioned through 90nm, 65nm, 45nm and 32nm silicon, with 22nm CPUs just around the corner. Along the way, we've picked up all manner of fabulous new chip tech, including SOI, strained silicon and latterly tri-gate and 3D transistors.

It was relentless stuff.

Indeed, Intel has committed itself to rolling out either a new CPU architecture or a new production process every single year.

And yet here we are at the apex of 2011 and 2012 wondering where it's all gone wrong. The evidence comes in the form of both of Intel's new PC processors.

We've proselytised plenty enough on the subject of the new Core i7-3960X. Suffice to say we view its hidden cores as evidence Intel has taken its foot off the gas.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics 3000
Product FamilyCore i7 i7-2700
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed3.50 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification72.6°C
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Width37.5 mm
Depth37.5 mm
L2 Cache1 MB
Product Seriesi7-2700
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli7-2700K
Product NameCore i7 Quad-core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Processor
Package TypeOEM
Product LineCore i7
Manufacturer Part NumberCM8062301124100
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Process Technology32 nm