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Intel Core i5 2500k and i7 2600k Review

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Jester
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By Benchmark Reviews.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=664&Itemid=63&limit=1

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=622&Itemid=63&limit=1

Clearly these processors are amazing. The i7 2600k is 54% faster than the i7 950, and in some cases it beats the $1,000 i7 980x. The i5 2500k beats the i7 920 overall too which has double the amount of threads. Remember to only get one of these CPUs if you want to overclock - the non k models won't overclock as well and they're not much cheaper.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 12:06 pm
Joe
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I ordered my i7 950 last night because a deal ran out. Then I saw the bit-tech review when I woke up! Thankfully I was able to cancel my order 😛

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/03/intel-sandy-bridge-review/1

2500K will be purchased whenever it's available!

Though I need to choose some RAM. Can the Sandy Bridges only take 1333MHz?

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Posted : 03/01/2011 12:36 pm
Jester
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No you'll just need to overclock if they say 1333 MHz only. My Lynnfield i5 760 for example says it supports up to 1333 MHz RAM, but that's because the max RAM divider is 2:10 and it has a stock BCLK of 133 MHz. 133 x 10 = 1330 MHz. Sandy Bridge is probably the same but I'm sure the i7 series supports higher (2:12).

Go for Corsair, G.SKILL or Mushkin RAM. Look for 2 x 4GB kits since they cost much less than they used to. 1600 MHz is ideal.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 12:46 pm
Enad
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😮

I might need to get one of these...

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Posted : 03/01/2011 12:56 pm
Jester
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@Enad 54119 wrote:

😮

I might need to get one of these...

lol

Gonna sell your current MOBO and CPU? I'm sure you could. Is that neighbor of yours in need of a new motherboard and CPU? 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 12:57 pm
Enad
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Actually he wants to go to i5, so if I can sell this stuff to him, what a perfect excuse to upgrade!
The prices are gonna be around the same as i7s and i5's are right now right? Don't wanna spend too much...

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Posted : 03/01/2011 1:04 pm
Jester
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Yes the CPU prices are here. The i5 2500k is just a few bucks more than what the i5 760 debuted for. P67 motherboards will cost around the same as P55 motherboards and your RAM will work just fine.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 1:06 pm
Spaiker
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Seems I'll have to start and look around to buy myself a new computer..

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Posted : 03/01/2011 1:13 pm
Evire
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Man, another reason to got Intel.

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Posted : 03/01/2011 1:15 pm
Joe
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http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/39153-intel-sandy-bridge-core-i5-2500k-core-i7-2600k-processors-review-1.html

If Overclocking with Base Clocks don't work anymore, will the same method of overclocking RAM work on changing the multiplier?

I know the brands and the thing I want to aim for... I just wanted the 1333MHz thing cleared up.

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Posted : 03/01/2011 1:15 pm
Jester
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Wow it's totally different. I'm sure you can use faster RAM but it won't default to any faster than 1333 MHz.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 1:25 pm
strudinox
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I'm waiting for the X58 takeover.

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Posted : 03/01/2011 2:00 pm
Jester
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Good idea. I'm waiting for Ivy Bridge CPUs to launch before I upgrade. These won't be for a while as they will use the 22nm fabrication process.

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Topic starter Posted : 03/01/2011 2:02 pm
strudinox
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Yeah, my little 930 is more than enough for now. Especially at 4Ghz. By the time Ivy Bridge comes out, it will be about that time anyways.

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Posted : 03/01/2011 2:04 pm
VictorY23
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Finally a worthy upgrade for us with LGA755, seems like it have epic overclocking potential too you can easy hit 4.7GHz with the 2500K and 4.9GHz with the 2600K 😀

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Posted : 03/01/2011 3:18 pm
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