"One of the most popular processors of the last decade has been the Intel Core i7-2600K. The design was revolutionary, as it offered a significant jump in single core performance, efficiency, and the top line processor was very overclockable. With the next few generations of processors from Intel being less exciting, or not giving users reasons to upgrade, and the phrase 'I'll stay with my 2600K' became ubiquitous on forums, and is even used today." https://www.anandtech.com/show/1404...el-core-i7-2600k-testing-sandy-bridge-in-2019 I love these kind of articles. Over the years [H] has had more than a few of them too and each one is a great read. I'd recommend if anyone can easily find the links to please post them in this thread. Doesn't need to be team/brand specific but please share an example of an old but still can rock most things today. I've got a 2600k rig. It's the one listed in my profile and paired to a Strix 1080TI with a G-Sync 1440p monitor. A gentle OC of 4.2GHZ courtesy of OC genie and this baby continues to average 80-120 fps on most games and then 50-70 fps for the most demanding newer titles. This rig represented a number of firsts for me. First OC'd cpu, SLI(rip SLI) w/ OC'd GPUs, 1st post Pentium build, 1st w/ 2 raids, SATA III, USB 3. At one point it was briefly retired while I used some of its parts to start another build, the 4930k rig in my signature, and then over that year I decided it still had plenty to give and revived it with SSD's, new PSU, and new case. That was about 3 years ago. I figure it's maybe got 1 or 2 years left before I have to retire it but man it's been a great ride!