Taking A Long Look At Intel's Sandy Bridge

Four Cores, Four Threads

The CRN Test Center gauges performance of the 3.4-GHz Core i7 2600K on Intel's brand new DP67BG Extreme Series desktop motherboard, which lists for $184. It's built around the LGA 1155 socket and H67 Express chipset -- both are required for the K-series. Also known as Socket H2, the LGA 1155 replaces (and is not compatible with) Socket H. Delivering a maximum Geekbench score of 12,286, the four-core, eight-thread 2600K broke performance records and even outpaced the six-core AMD Phenom X6 1100T ($265 list price) by about 15 percent.

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