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Intel Second Generation Unlocked Sandy Bridge i7-2600k CPU and DP67BG Kit Review
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRzlx4IU_Bdl55p1K-D1o-uIDlXDasgoSWYYZVJDcwbhO8LpISB6gWell it is that time again Intel has launched a new Unlock kit and this one is sporting some serious hardware. For starters we received the new Intel Core Intel® Core™ i7. As with all Intel® Core™ i7 processors, this one has four cores. The full name for this processor is the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K , the letter K means it’s unlocked. Out of the box, the Unlocked Intel® Core™ i7 processor begins at 3.40 GHz. The Unlocked processor also includes Intel® Hyper-Threading technology for more efficient processing.There are more surprises to come and the best one of all is that you our reader can enter to win one for yourself. Let’s check out what else comes in the kit and we can show you how you can try to win one for yourself:

 

Provded by: Intel

Price: NA

Closer Look and Testing:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

 

Core i7-2600:

Essentials
Status
Launched
Launch Date
Q1'11
Processor Number
i7-2600
# of Cores
4
# of Threads
8
Clock Speed
3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
3.8 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
8 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
34
DMI
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available

Yes
Lithography
32 nm
Max TDP
95 W
Recommended Channel Price
$294.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size
(dependent on memory type)
32 GB
Memory Types
DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels
2
Max Memory Bandwidth
21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported

No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics

Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.35 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology,
Yes
Intel® Insider™
Yes
Intel® Wireless Display
No
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)
Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology
Yes
Dual Display Capable
Yes
Expansion Options
 
PCI Express Revision
2.0
# of PCI Express Ports
1
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration
1
TCASE
72.6°C
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets Supported
LGA1155
Halogen Free Options Available
Yes
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology

Yes
AES New Instructions

Yes
Intel® 64

Yes
Idle States
Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology

Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access
Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access
Yes
Execute Disable Bit
Yes

 

Intel DP67BG 1155 Motherboard:

 

Form factor ATX
AA# ( Altered Assembly) G10491-XXX
Processor

At product launch, this desktop board supports:

Memory
  • Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
  • Support for up to 32 GBΨ of system memory
  • Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz DIMMs
Chipset
Audio

Intel® High Definition Audio◊ subsystem in the following configuration:

  • 10-channel (7.1+ 2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem with six analog audio outputs w/optical S/PDIF out port
LAN support

Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN subsystem using the Intel® 82579V Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Peripheral interfaces
  • Two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
  • Fourteen USB 2.0 ports
  • Two Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • Four Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, one eSATA* ext. port
  • One IEEE 1394a header
Expansion capabilities
  • One PCI Express* 2.0 x 16 bus add-in card connector or switchable to 2x8 PCIe 2.0 connectors
  • Three PCI Express 2.0 x 1 connectors
  • Two PCI Conventional bus connectors

Patriot 4GB DDR3 Viper Xtreme PC 17000 2133Mhz Memory:

 

  • Extreme Performance PC3-17000 (2133MHz)
  • Enhanced Latency (9-11-9-27)
  • Voltage: 1.65V
  • XMP Ready
  • Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield build around a copper core to provide improved cooling
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Tested on Intel® P67 platform

 

 

Conclusion:

My overall experience with the new Intel 6 series has been very enlightening. I have used a lot of cpu motherboard combinations in my time but I must say Intel has really done their homework on this one. Over clocking was so easy, it makes it impossible for you to not want to tweak settings. The most impressive part was the under 10 second super pi times. If any of you are not sure what Super Pi is, it is essentially a PC equivalent to a drag race, this CPU is quick and responsive and the overall performance made it a pleasure to use. If you couple an Intel X25 SSD into the mix you will have a PC you will be content with using for several years without the one year upgrade itch.

Would I recommend the new Intel series? Yes, Even though they had a    rocky start with their SATA chipsets the new Sandy Bridge boards are solid and very well designed and the whole SATA issue has been resolved. Check out the contest and if you don’t win I still think spending the money on a kit like this just makes sense.
 

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Board Design Quality
  •  Component Quality
  • Dead Simple Overclocking
  • Not Prohibitively Priced
  • Built in Graphics
  • Unlocked
  • 3.4Ghz Right out of the Box
  • The Board Skull is Cool...

Cons:

  • I am not a fan of the Sata Pointing out the Front on Some Cases your Components Interfere With Each Other

 

 


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slugbug   |70.83.199.xxx |2011-05-23 07:11:47
Contest is a little different than the last few.
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