Intel Core i7 2600K and Core i5 2500K Reviewccokeman - January 2, 2011
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Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista-based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. "Entry" is 1024x768 progressing to "Extreme" at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.
- All default settings in each preset level
- Entry: 1024x768
- Performance: 1280x1024
- High: 1680x1050
- Extreme: 1920x1200
Across all four tests, the 2600K outperformed all the comparison processors save the i7 980X. The 2500K fell a bit further back in the field, most likely due to the lack of Hyper-Threading, but it moves up a bit when overclocked due to the almost 4.8GHz clock speed.