Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, 3.30 GHz) Box (BX80623I52500K)
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12 February 2011
Summary: Since the introduction of the 486 in 1989, Intel Corporation has accelerated microprocessor development releasing many successful architectures for enterprise and consumer applications. The existing Core i3, i5, and i7 family processors are still excellent performers as CPU’s but the 2nd Gen series’ inclusion of Intel HD Video GPU was a positive move forward.
Conclusion: Before Sandy Bridge, overclocking your CPU involved changing half a dozen settings to try to obtain the highest clock speed. This was because there were so many different ways to obtain your maximum frequency; things were a bit complicated even if you are an experienced computer enthusiast.
Summary: Final Thoughts
The long awaited Sandy Bridge architecture is here and I really think that it was worth the wait. Intel is very excited about this new line of processors and they want you to be too. It is always great to see companies improve on existing products and make things better and they really have with their 2nd generation of Core processors.
Pros: Great performance, 1.2GHz overclock!, Overclocking is made easy with a P67 motherboard, 95W TDP and low CPU temperatures
Cons: Cannot be overclocked on a H67 motherboard, Consumers need to buy a new motherboard on top of purchasing the CPU
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Summary: The Intel Core i5 2500K performed like a champ. Cache speeds have nearly doubled over previous generations. Productivity times are greatly reduced. The new Intel HD Graphics 3000 is a good alternative for the average user.
Sandy Bridge has arrived with a bang. There has been much talk and speculation since we got a little peek back in 2008. The Nehalem architecture has been extremely successfull over the past 2 years, showing insane multimedia capabilities.
Pros: New Sandy Bridge Architecture, Blazing Fast Cache Speeds, Intel HD Graphics 3000, New AVX Instruction Support, Improved Productivity, Intel Quick Sync, InTru 3D, Improved Turbo Boost, Fully Unlocked (CPU and GPU)
Conclusion: But bear one important point in mind: If you're sticking to the Intel front, upgrading to the new architecture also necessitates the purchase of a new Socket 1155 motherboard. And if you’re already investing in a processor, motherboard, and new CPU cooler, the Core i5-2500K’s biggest competition may be its Core i7-2600K big brother, which costs just $100 more. If you spend a lot of time doing processor-intensive tasks such as video rendering, that’s money well-spent.
Pros: Very fast performance for the price, Unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking
Cons: New chipset requirements mean you’ll need a new Socket 1155 motherboard, Integrated graphics performance still slow compared to cheap dedicated 3D cards
Summary: Intel has officially launched the much-anticipated Sandy Bridge architecture and from the results we have seen with our i5-2500K here today, it was worth the wait. The "Tock" in Intel's Tick-Tock development model is a very attractive option in terms of sheer performance, overclocking ease / results, power consumption and thermal characteristics.
Compared with last year's identically-clocked i5-661, the revamped 2nd Generation CPU is better in every category.
Summary: We take a look at Intel's soon to be in retail Sandy Bridge processors. We are going to specifically look at the 2500K and 2600K since these are Intel's only new overclockable processors and likely the only ones that you are concerned with.