Core i5-11600K vs Core i7-2600K benchmarks
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i5-11600K performs better than the Core i7-2600K. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-2600K in all gaming tests too.
In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i5-11600K has significantly more cores than the Core i7-2600K. Indeed, the Core i5-11600K has 6 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Core i7-2600K. It also has more threads than the Core i7-2600K. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-2600K. Also, the Core i5-11600K has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i7-2600K outputs less heat than Core i5-11600K thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i5-11600K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.