|Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 03 January 2011|
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPU Review
One of the processors in Intel's Sandy Bridge line-up that is being released in early January 2011 is the Intel Core i5-2500K. Intel is calling Sandy Bridge the 2nd Generation of Intel Core Processors. That also happens to be the significance of the 2 in the name of the Core i5-2500K. Sandy Bridge has promised to bring a lot of new ideas and technologies to the computer hardware industry, including improved media and gaming performance. The Intel Core i5-2500K is a quad-core, non-hyper-threaded, 3.3GHz processor equipped with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost. Set to be priced at $205 dollars, the Intel Core i5-2500K competes directly with the top end AMD Phenom-II X4 processors in price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the scoop on the Intel Core i5-2500K, including its performance against AMD's newest flagship quad-core, the Phenom-II X4-975BE.
With their second generation core processor line, Intel made a few changes. Core i5 processors have previously been found with anywhere from two to four cores and with or without hyperthreading technology. With the release of Sandy Bridge, that changes a little. The basic series Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPUs are all quad-core processors and none of them are equipped with hyperthreading. To take advantage of an extra thread per core in Sandy Bridge, you'll have to invest in a Core i7. Some of the off-series Core i5 CPUs (like the S or T series with lower clock and turbo frequencies) may come with hyperthreading, as may the Core i3 processor line, but you'll be hard pressed to find one of those at a retail location.
The Sandy Bridge CPU offers a combination of CPU, GPU, and IMC all housed on the same die. This allows for increased speed in processing as well as lower power consumption. The newest installment of Intel HD Graphics housed with the CPU was made with media consumers in mind. Intel also says that the Intel HD Graphics will be able to play most mainstream games.
The Sandy Bridge is supposed to be a real game changer. For that reason, we are testing the Intel Core i5-2500K against a whole slew of AMD CPUs. In the past, Core i5 Lynnfield processors have competed pretty well performance-wise with Athlon-II X4 CPUs, which cost a whole lot less. At about $200, the new i5-2500K fits in the same price range as the soon to be released Phenom-II X4-975BE, AMD's newest flagship quad-core processor. Can the i5-2500K outperform the Phenom-II X4-975BE? And how does it match up against older X58 hardware, like the extremely popular i7-920? These questions will be answered as Benchmark Reviews brings you all the details on the Core i5-2500K.
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Intel Corporation.