Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well.
Pros: Substantial performance improvement over existing Socket 1156 processors, New vector instructions promise even better performance down the road, Enhanced Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, and power management features, Low 95 watt TDP and low processor temperatures, even when overclocked, Overclocks very well with a P67 Express motherboard
Intel Next Generation Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K "Sandy Bridge" Processors Reviewed
16 January 2011
Summary: There's so many good things about Sandy Bridge, I scarcely know where to begin. First off, it's a new processor architecture that offers valuable performance enhancements that even the average user will enjoy. This includes the new Intel Turbo Technology 2.0, the HD 3000 IGP and Intel Quick Sync. Sandy Bridge does a good job of using the IGP for boosting media performance as well as actually making some game titles playable even at 720p.
Pros: New 32nm Sandy Bridge Architecture, Capable Intel HD 2000 and 3000 dynamic IGP, Supports 3D Technology, Intel Quick Sync and Turbo Technology 2.0, Availability of K-SKU unlocked processors, LGA1155
Cons: New 32nm Sandy Bridge Architecture, Capable Intel HD 2000 and 3000 dynamic IGP, Supports 3D Technology, Intel Quick Sync and Turbo Technology 2.0, Availability of K-SKU unlocked processors, LGA1155, Overclockers have to learn something new, Native software application Support for Sandy Bridge is still coming
Conclusion: Intel's Sandy Bridge processors represent a genuine step forward in chip evolution. Now packing in refined, efficient CPU cores and an improved GPU on to the same portion of silicon, Intel has done away with the need for chipset-based graphics for good. Sandy Bridge is an improvement over 2010's Lynnfield chips in practically every way save for the limited overclocking potential available on regular, non-K chips.
Summary: The Intel Core i7-2600K processor is a worthy successor to the i7-860 and i7-920 chips at default clock speeds. On balance, paying about the same amount for a higher-end processor and getting a 25 per cent increase in performance (besides overclockability) is a deal that is very hard to pass up.
Excerpt: After months of speculation and rumour, Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors are finally with us. In fact we’ve been testing them since mid-december, but Intel’s strict non-disclosure agreements have silenced us till this morning. Now, though, that Sandy Bridge codename can be thrown off to reveal Intel’s true naming strategy of … 2nd Generation Core i7, i5 and i3. Hardly thrilling is it.
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × The release of Intel’s second generation of Core Processors has been a hot topic of conversion among the enthusiast audience now for many months. They have a total of twenty nine new chips reaching retail and today KitGuru will be looking at the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k, both of which have fully unlocked cores.