To compare both processors please check this link:
The main difference between the i7-2600 and i7-2600K is that the i7-2600K is unlocked, meaning that you can overclock it.
For more buying recommendations I would also suggest contacting an Authorized Intel(R) Distributor.
You can find a list of Authorized Intel(R) Distributors at:
Does this mean that the i7-2600 and i7-2600K perform the same if the i7-2600K is not overclocked?
Maybe I'm a little confused but the intel site say that the 2600 doesnt have:
- Embedded Options Available
- Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
- Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
But yet its more expensive than the 2600, and I don't understand why? I figure theres somewhat a need to overclock but is it worth the extra $15-$25 price difference on most sites?
The 2600 and 2600k are exactly the same thing. The main difference between those 2 is that the K series are unlocked as someone said before.
What does unlocked mean? It means you can overclock it greatly, I have read some articles about a guy who can overclock it up to 7 ghz!!
But that is to go to the extreme. Normal people with apropiate (and inexpensive) cooling solutions can overclockit up to 6 ghz (with Turbo).
In the other hand, the 2600 have a "limited unlocking". That basically means that you can overclock it a little, up to 4.2 ghz (with Turbo).
So, if you are an OC freak, or plan to do OC, $25 more for the unlocked version is an extremely good value.
Thanks everyone for your input. I have decided to go with the i5-2500K CPU as the price to performance ratio is quite good. I've also seen other sites that have recommended the i5-2500K over the i7-2600K.