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...
Summary: This thing is downright amazing. It handles BF4 maxed out with ease, and general computer operating is extremely fast. This processor has made it so when I use other peoples computers, I get impatient at how slow they are. Keep in mind, there are better processors, but this one is fast enough to handle pretty much anything you throw at it, for now at least.
Summary: The IVY bridge Processor meets the demands for Windows 7 or Windows 8 with hardy a burp from interrupted work or multitasking operations. Highly recommend a Solid State Drive SATA3 (600gbs) to keep up with the i5's capabilities. Intel's built in Graphics are mediocre; however, after installing an ATI 5770, performance is superb. Handles every Game I have thrown at my PC after upgrading the Graphics Card.
Summary: Intel i5-2500K 'Hits it out of the park' with this unlocked micro-processor ('K' = unlocked). I am on a severe budget so I purchased the i5 instead of the i7 to get 'more bang for the buck.' Newer series of Intel processors are now available.