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.
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.
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...
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 /...
Summary: The Core i5 661 was the first Intel CPU to feature built-in graphics, however its performance, and particularly the features were quite lackluster. In terms of value we failed to see the appeal in desktop Clarkdale processors considering that AMD was offering powerful quad-cores for the same price...
Intel Sandy Bridge: Core i5 2500K and Intel 6 Series Chipset
2 January 2011
Conclusion: Today’s launch of the Sandy Bridge is an evolution in processor design. Clock per clock, Intel’s Lynnfield already has a good performance over AMD’s current offering, and Sandy Bridge just made the gap even wider.
Summary: Intel's new Sandy Bridge IGP manages to claim the performance leadership of all integrated graphics solutions on the market. It offers nearly twice the performance of its predecessor within the Clarkdale CPU.
Pros: GPU performance greatly improved compared to last generation, Up to 4x AA support, 32 nm CPU, plenty of computation power, GPU fully integrated in the CPU die, Support for DirectX 10.1, Turbo Boost increases GPU clock, HDMI Audio bitstreaming supported, HDMI 1.4 & 3D support, Dedicated transcodin...
Cons: No support for DirectX 11, Limited GPU performance, Drivers not as mature as the ones from ATI or NVIDIA, No support for CUDA, PhysX, OpenCL