Upgrading from an Intel Core i7-2600K: Testing Sandy Bridge in 2019by Ian Cutress on May 10, 2019 10:30 AM EST
Test Bed and Setup
As per our processor testing policy, we take a premium category motherboard suitable for the socket, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the manufacturer's maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.
Pro Gaming i7
|P3.20||TRUE Copper||Corsair Vengeance
|Intel||i7-2600K (OC)||ASRock Z77
|P2.40||TRUE Copper||GeIL Evo Veloce
|P2.40||TRUE Copper||G.Skill Ares
|GPU||Sapphire RX 460 2GB (CPU Tests)
MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G (Gaming Tests)
|SSD||Crucial MX200 1TB|
|OS||Windows 10 x64 RS3 1709
Spectre and Meltdown Patched
|*VRM Supplimented with SST-FHP141-VF 173 CFM fans|
Many thanks to...
We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our multiple test beds. Some of this hardware is not in this test bed specifically, but is used in other testing.
|Sapphire RX 460 Nitro||MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC||Crucial MX200 +
|Corsair AX860i +