This K version of the processor is unlocked so that you can have fun overclocking the unit. A disadvantage however is that im told that intel can tell if you have overclocked this unit and despite being an overclocking editon this will void the warranty. The processor is very fast and stable, however installation is abit more difficult than the AMD equivalent due to the strange fan slots used for intel processors.
You do not need a graphics card with this processor and i have tested this feature. As you would expect the processor will not work miracles however if your building a computer for work this would be idea and save you money on a gpu. This would also permit smaller set ups.
The speed of this processor is unreal and my computer runs extremely fast. It is unlikley you will ever see your computer "bottlenecked" by this processor in its lifespan.
Check your motherboard is compatible first though before buying.
First things first, this chip is fast. I upgraded from an AMD dual core 6000+ and the speed difference is unbelievable. This chip contains four cores, all of which are running at 3.30 ghz. I currently have mine overclocked to 4 ghz, and it runs fantastically.
Overclocking was a breeze, it has the potential to go to around 5ghz if really pushed but I've chosen to leave it at 4ghz for stability. A good choice for PC enthusiasts who like messing around with all the settings.
With Intels turbo boost technology when the computer isn't doing anything strenuous it automatically cuts the speed right back to save on energy, good for both the enviroment and more importantly your electricity bill. The second that it's faced with a challenge the speed jumps right back up with no noticeable delay. From a users point of view you wouldn't even be aware it had done anything, but it keeps the electricity bill down especially if your computers idling a lot.
How is it with games? Couple this processor with a semi decent graphics card and you'll be playing all the latest games at the highest graphics settings. General computer use? Fast, extremely fast.
Why this processor over others at the moment? Firstly there is the old debate, Intel vs AMD. I have always been a keen supporter of AMD over the years but at the moment Intel just beat them in terms of performance and affordability.
Intel have a rather confusing system for naming all their processors, but a rough summary of the i3, i5 and i7 is thus. i3 is Intels current dual core processer. i5 are their entry level quad core processors, and i7 is their top end quad core processors. Why the i5 over the i7? It comes down to price versus performance, there isn't much of a performance difference between the two but the price difference doesn't justify it. And quad core versus dual core? Multitasking is the way forward, more processors doing different tasks, as you may have noticed clock speeds haven't shot up a lot in the last few years, rather the number of cores being used has.
In conclusion an excellent processor more than capable of handling anything you throw at it.
Sandy bridge came, sandy bridge saw and sandy bridge conquered.
You have no idea what I'm talking about do you?
It's the new (or somewhat new) Intel i5 2500k Quad Core, 3.3 GHz processor of course.
Lost? Don't worry, all you need to know is that if you're looking for a computer, for gaming office use or basically anything under the sun then this thing is your man.
It's your go to guy. If you see a premade pc your thinking of getting and you aren't sure whether or not this will be suitable for you - in 99% of cases it will be, and if it isn't you probably know what your looking for precisely.
I have the processor hooked up to a Z68 motherboard, working in tandem with a GTX 560 Ti, and I can play ALL the latest games on there highest settings at a high resolution fluently. It's just that good - infact for all current generation games this processor will do fine, an upgrade for gaming shouldn't be needed for a few years at least - and maybe not for longer, depending on how powerful the next Xbox and Playstation are ( Game designers normally design for the lowest common denominator.)
It's a little more expensive than the older AMD Phenom chips but the extra power you get more than makes up for it - if you do go for it then make sure you shop around, sales can go on quite frequently and make sure you get the K version which has an unlocked multiplier making overclocking that much easier. This chip can go up to 5GHz with special cooling systems, and the stock cooling can get it to around 4Ghz stably.
This is the lastest release from Intel called sandy bridge which introduces a smaller die size while beating the more expensive CPUs on the market. You can choose the I5 or I7 with the only difference being the I7 has hyperthreading although many benchmarks on the internet show hardly any improvements if any. Because of this i choose the I5 version 2500k and saved myself around £60-70 by not choosing I7. I dont run anything intensive and dont play games often so i choose the perfect one for my budget.
I decided to go with k (unlocked) version as when the times comes i can push the CPU to get extra room instead of having to upgrade later on. Currently running at 4.2Ghz although with speedsteep enabled its around 1.6Ghz when idle. When the speed is needed in heavy intensive tasks it will shoot up to 4.2 but i have yet to use a promgram that does so. In comparison i came from a 2.2Ghz laptop CPU to this and its a massive improvement. Using divx to dvd encoding would take around 15 minutes on the laptop now it only takes around 4 mintues. For those in to overclocking ive had this chip at 4.6Ghz with a voltage of 1.35 which ive read is in the safe limits and will push even more when needed.
For the people considering upgrading from the first generation i would suggest you wait for the next line up called ivy bridge. But if you have an upgrade bug the p67 motherboards will work with the new CPUs when released.