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Intel Core i7 2600K and Core i5 2500K Review

ccokeman    -   January 2, 2011
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Specifications:

Brand
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
Processor Number
i5-2500K

i7-2600K

Price (1Ku)
$216

$317

TDP
 
95W

95W

Cores/ Threads
 
4/4

4/8
CPU Base Freq (GHz)
 
3.3

3.4

Max Turbo Freq(GHz)
 
3.7

3.8

DDR3 (MHz)
 
1333MHz

1333MHz

L3 Cache
 
6MB

8MB

Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000
 
3000

3000

Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
 
up to 1100MHz

up to 1350MHz

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
 
No

Yes

Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
 
Yes

Yes

Intel® Quick Sync Video
 
Yes

Yes

Intel® vPro/ TXT / VT-d / Intel® SIPP
 
No

No

Intel® AES-NI
 
Yes

Yes

Intel® Virtualization Technology
 
Yes

Yes

Package
 
LGA-1155

LGA-1155

 

Features:

Intel Microarchitecture

  • Efficient monolithic die spanning dual & quad core CPUs
  • Energy-efficient architecture

Processor Graphics

  • Full integration of Graphics core into the CPU
  • Seamless visual experience–Fantastic media processing for faster editing, sharing and syncing. Support for HDMI 1.4 Stereoscopic 3D and Intel ® Wireless Display.
  • Improved graphics performance comparable to entry level discrete cards

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

  • Intel®Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 maximizes performance within defined thermal envelope with support for Dynamic Range Frequency limits
  • Sandy Bridge Graphics with Dynamic Frequency delivers graphics performance boost to graphics intensive applications

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology 2

  • Multi-tasking -More pathsfor data to flow through each core. The more threads you have, the more tasks you can execute at the same time.
  • Do more with less wait time

Up to 8Mb Shared Intel® Smart Cache

  • Last Level Cache (LLC) Shared between CPU and Graphics for better performance
  • Faster access to your data by enabling dynamic and efficient allocation of cache

Integrated memory controller (IMC) –2ch DDR3, up to 1600

  • Improves performance with lower latency & higher memory bandwidth for data intensive applications

Halogen Free*

  • Support for Halogen free component packages



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Intel DP67BG
  3. Closer Look: Intel DH67BL
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Bibble 5
  7. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, GeekBench
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  9. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  10. Testing: Far Cry 2
  11. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  12. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Integrated Graphics Performance
  15. Testing: SLI Performance
  16. Upcoming Reviews
  17. Conclusion
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