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Is the i7-2600 Still Up to Scruff?

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April 28, 2013 12:35:13 PM

I've been upgrading my gaming rig a lot lately, finally getting a new GPU and power supply, and improving ventilation. In CPU intensive games (eg. Planetside 2) I seem to be suffering ever so slightly more than I expected to (30-40 fps at highest settings). Is my i7 2600 outdated? I don't thing it merits an upgrade any time soon, but I'm wondering how much it lags behind today's standards.

As a side note, does the temperature effect my performance in any way? I get a max of 60 degrees most of the time.

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April 28, 2013 12:59:14 PM

The only things faster than the 2600K are the 3770K ( roughly 7% faster and does not overclock as well ) and the LGA 2011 chips equal the 2600 clock for clock but have more cores. Haswell will be roughly 10% faster than Ivy Bridge, making it close to 20% faster than the 2600.

It's still at the top of the gaming CPU list.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

60c Under load is fine.
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April 28, 2013 1:05:08 PM

The i7-2600 is still fine. The i7-3770 is only more powerful by about 6% on average.

It seems that preliminary benchmarks of Haswell shows about a 10% increase in performance (same clockspeed) compared to current Ivy Bridge CPUs. Therefore, you might want to wait for it's release. I am not familiar with Planetside 2, but it could be your graphics card that is the problem since you never mentioned what you have.

Temps do not affect the CPU's performance unless it is too high that the CPU must throttle down the clock speed from to prevent CPU damage.

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April 28, 2013 1:22:49 PM

Yeah I agree the 2600 is still a sweet cpu..
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April 28, 2013 2:26:31 PM

The 2600 is still the top of the list. A couple things to do can really bring a big punch to your games if you have not done it yet.
Go into the BIOS and disable hyperthreading, and raise your auto turbo boost limit to 4.4-4.6ghz. Most chips will do this and be completely stable with the stock cooling and no other changes. ( they will go much higher with a little more tweaking and good cooling)
There are a ton of overclocking guides out there for this chip and is one of the easiest processors ever made to get impressive results with.
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April 28, 2013 5:50:20 PM

jaguarskx said:
I am not familiar with Planetside 2, but it could be your graphics card that is the problem since you never mentioned what you have.



i7 2600 owner who has played Planetside 2, here. It is true that MapCavalier's CPU is not the issue.
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April 28, 2013 9:44:14 PM

i7-2600 is still solid.
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April 29, 2013 9:46:43 AM

jaguarskx said:
I am not familiar with Planetside 2, but it could be your graphics card that is the problem since you never mentioned what you have.


I have a brand new MSI 660ti. That's not the problem for sure, the game even says that CPU is limiting fps, although that's not the best way to judge the situation. My GPU tops off at about 75c, a little hot for me but still ok.

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April 29, 2013 9:55:37 AM

anxiousinfusion said:
jaguarskx said:
I am not familiar with Planetside 2, but it could be your graphics card that is the problem since you never mentioned what you have.


i7 2600 owner who has played Planetside 2, here. It is true that MapCavalier's CPU is not the issue.


As I replied to Jaguar I have a 660ti, so I don't think that's the problem. I never doubted an i7 is top-notch, but I feel like it should run better than this...

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April 29, 2013 7:40:23 PM

icraft said:
If you can you might want to try a new mobo. My i7 870 was slowing down and I was on a intel mobo, got this sucker and it all good. http://compare.ebay.com/like/330714095312?var=lv&ltyp=A...


You may well be right. I have a Pegatron mobo which isn't exactly great. I just don't have the money to toss around right now.
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April 29, 2013 7:50:21 PM

jitpublisher said:
The 2600 is still the top of the list. A couple things to do can really bring a big punch to your games if you have not done it yet.
Go into the BIOS and disable hyperthreading, and raise your auto turbo boost limit to 4.4-4.6ghz. Most chips will do this and be completely stable with the stock cooling and no other changes. ( they will go much higher with a little more tweaking and good cooling)
There are a ton of overclocking guides out there for this chip and is one of the easiest processors ever made to get impressive results with.


i7 2600 =/= i7 2600K
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April 29, 2013 8:47:27 PM

MapCavalier said:
anxiousinfusion said:
jaguarskx said:
I am not familiar with Planetside 2, but it could be your graphics card that is the problem since you never mentioned what you have.


i7 2600 owner who has played Planetside 2, here. It is true that MapCavalier's CPU is not the issue.


As I replied to Jaguar I have a 660ti, so I don't think that's the problem. I never doubted an i7 is top-notch, but I feel like it should run better than this...



Planetside 2 is not the smoothest of experiences from my time with it. On both an 8120 with a 670 and a 660 with a 3570k. I'd lean more software issue with the game imo.
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April 30, 2013 3:15:25 PM

Thanks for all the info guys, I learned a lot lore than I came to find out! :D 
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