Intel Core i5 2500K "SandyBridge" Processor Review

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Ready for the new year? CES is starting and everyone is out to show the best of what they have. For some companies, this can make or break them. Advertisement and investment opportunities run rampant for the new guys, while the old juggernauts just give people more to drool over. The 2010 CES made a big push to show off 3D in every market. Now, everyone is on the boat. 3D TVs stock the shelves at stores. Digital carriers are offering 3D programming. Blu Rays have made the transition to 3D. Nintendo is pushing out the 3DS soon. What is the theme of CES 2011 going to be?

 

Intel did something at CES 2010 that was also a big hit. They released the Clarkdale and Arrandale versions of their Core line of processors. Both use dual-core dies based on the 32 nm Westmere version of the Nehalem microarchitecture and had integrated Graphics, as well as PCI Express and DMI links. They also introduced their new line of Core i3 processors, aimed at the portable market. At the time, all of the Intel Core processors were 45 nm and relied on discrete graphics. Because the graphics were integrated to the new processors, more compact systems could be built.

 

Intel is making another push with the Intel Core i5 2500K. The Core i5 2500K is based off of the new Sandy Bridge architecture. The i5 2500K has a base frequency of 3.3GHz, a max turbo frequency of 3.7GHz, and is loaded with 6MB of L3 cache. There are 4 cores but no hyperthreading support, so 4 threads as well. The "K" version of the i5 2500 puts the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor on die, instead of the 2000. The "K" version also means fully unlocked and flexible overclocking capabilities. LGA-1155 will be the new socket to hold the latest Intel Core processors. There is support for Intel's new AVX instruction set, Intel's Quick Sync Video, and Virtualization.

 

 

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