Kaby Lake 7700K vs Sandy Bridge 2600K IPC Review

There are many HardOCP readers that are still running Sandy Bridge CPUs and have been waiting with anticipation of one day upgrading to a new system. One of the biggest things asked in the last month is just how the 2600K stacks up against the new 7700K processor. So we got hold of one of our readers 2600K systems and put it to the test.

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Gaming Benchmarks

As always, these benchmarks in no way represent real-world gameplay. These are all run at very low resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck. I will not hesitate to say that anyone spouting these types of framerate measurements as a true gameplay measuring tool in today’s climate is not servicing your needs or telling you the real truth.

The gaming tests below have been put together to focus on the processor power exhibited by each system. All the tests below consist of custom time demos built with stressing the CPU in mind. So much specialized coding comes into the programming now days we suggest that looking at gaming performance by using real-world gameplay is the only sure way to know what you are going to get with a specific game.

For these gaming benchmarks we are using a NVIDIA TITAN video card. We are far from GPU limited.


Lost Planet

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In this gaming engine we see a 19.868% increase with the 7700K.

Unigine Heaven

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Heaven comes in very close to what we saw above with the Kaby Lake providing a 20.755% increase.

BioShock Infinite

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The 7700K drops a bit with a 17.927% increase in frame rate.

Metro: Last Light

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Metro is certainly our most graphic-intensive benchmark, and we see the 7700K provide a 14.907% increase in frames.

Ashes of the Singularity

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Back on track with AotS we see the 7700K give us an increase of 20.588% increase in frame rates.