Summary: overclocks easy to 4.5ghz with cheap coolers such as cm hyper 212. Possible to overclock up to 4.5ghz with stock cooler considering temps stay within spec, although they reach high. Great processor and good socket.
Awesome CPU! Great value for the money. The letter "K" opens a new world.
1 May 2014
Summary: I purchased this CPU for a rig I built around an also excellent EVGA P68FTW motherboard and I'm not pleased--I am ecstatic. The combination is a winner. I contacted EVGA's excellent 24/7 Technical Support about a question I had and in the process was offered a new BIOS chip to replace the existing one that not only included a wider range of settings and updates, but also opened the possibility of using newer technology in the future should I choose to do so, like more...
Excerpt: The Intel Core i5-2500k processor is lightning fast, versatile, and worth every penny of its price ($219). In that particular price range, the i5 may be easily considered as “top dog.” Before deciding on its purchase, I researched it thoroughly as not to waste money.
Summary: The Intel i5-2500k Quad-Core is all you need if you want a turbo-charged processor. On my current build I have been able to overclock my i5-2500k processor from 3.3 GHz to 4.4GHz! No water cooling - just 4 tower fans and a cooler master CPU heatsink. I have been able to play Gamecube, Wii, and PS2 games at 100% speed using this processor.