|Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2011|
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Why Should I Overclock?
Actually, the question is: why should YOU overclock? There are many reasons to enter the great world of overclocking. At first, it was a necessity. People had slow PCs doing heavy processes where any extra MHz would reduce time in a linear way. If a 100MHz processor was clocked to 120 MHz (20MHz sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?), an enterprise could do the process in 8.5 hours instead of 10, thus increasing efficiency. Nowadays, it's very different. Computers have become part of our daily-basis life, and 90% of the people don't use it for heavy processing anymore. Many things can be done with a PC, as it has been turned into the new primary communications tool; CPUs are much faster and normally more than enough for daily tasks. For these kinds of people running several light-loaded applications while reading Benchmark Reviews and hearing some music, a basic overclock should be more than enough. Others might complain that they do hard-processing with their PCs, and some extra MHz will help with the video-encoding, 3d rendering, math processing or any other hard task. For those who fall in this category, a medium-sized overclock should be a great addition to work with, and we're covering that today.
The Intel Core i5 2500K comes with 4 cores/4 threads running at 3.3GHz.
The Core i7 2600K works at 3.4GHz and it's got 8 threads. It has also got an extra 2MB in L3 cache.
Meet the Contenders
Brand Name & Processor Number
Base Clock Speed (GHz)
||Turbo Frequency (GHz)
|Intel Core i5 2500K||3.3||Core, DDR3, Power
||Up to 3.7||4/4||6MB||2 channels DDR3-1333||95W||$216|
|Intel Core i7 2600K
||3.4||Core, DDR3, Power
||Up to 3.8||4/8||8MB||2 channels DDR3-1333