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Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Earlier Intel chips such as Conroe E6300 and i7 920 had just the same enormous OCing headroom, none of them can really do it with the ease of the 2500K while still keeping all the power saving features enabled along with a big IPC boost over Nehalem. While later IB/Haswell has better IPC, they aren't as attractive to OC with as stock clocks got ramped up while the headroom got down, defeating the point of OCing for value oriented enthusiasts like me.


Pros: Very cheap at this time. Overclock's great. Runs smooth and stable.

Cons: none at this time.

Loving this guy. I traded in my AMD 955 BE @ 4.0 in for the i5 2500k. Its a nice little boost in performance, take into account the price you can get them for its pretty nice. OC's VERY high. Hit 4.7Ghz EASY! For years I have only done AMD based builds due to price point, but am glad to say that my first experience with intel in years looks to be a great one! I would recommend this CPU to anyone it is well worth the money.


Pros: Great price, great clocker, better than....???

Cons: Not much

I wasted money on a 1090T thinking I would be happy with that. Bought this, and almost pooped myself. Night and day difference. Boots up faster, daily things are faster, gaming results in more FPS and it clocks 10x better and higher. It took a little bit of getting used to the temperature change, but once you realize they run hotter than AMD (at much higher clocks mind you) the all is well. For the price point, you really cant get any better. It eeven games better than the 2600K....

Why would you get anything else?


Pros: Easy to Overclock, quad core, In its day good future proofing, Easy to Cool.

Bought this chip to replace my Q6600 back in early 2012 when I saw it going on ebay with a decent enough msi mobo. I bid all the way up to £140 and won. In my head it kinda worked out at £80 for the chip and £70 for a mobo which back then was worth £140 new. So I saved around £140 which I then used for other stuff in my build like a brand new SSD.

I have to admit I'm not likely to upgrade for another year or so as the new broadwell everyones starting to talk about doesn't look at this stage particularly like much of an upgrade..........

Best £80 I ever spent thumb.gifthumb.gifbiggrin.gif


Pros: Great overclocker, cheap, runs cool

Cons: Not hyper Threaded

I think my summary sums it up lol forgive the pun but I couldn't have been more happy with the overclocking performance of this CPU.biggrin.gif 4ghz at stock volts Prime95 stable?!? Only 1.35 vcore required for 4.5 ghz Prime95 stability?!? I never thought it could be this easy to get amazing performance out of a inexpensive cpu.

Oh and I bought my 2500K on ebay with a ASUS P8Z77-V mobo, Patriot G2 Series 2 x 4gb 1333 ddr3 and an XFX HD6770 for less than 300$...... Now that is some performance per dollar figures I love! thumb.gif

:UPDATE: Final OC @ 4.9ghz P95 stable @ 1.456 vcore not the best chip but very good! Can't complain as it was second hand!


Pros: Great power, overclockability, temperatures, performance, price.

Cons: It only has 4 cores.

Man... if this processor had a 6/8 core variant I would be all over it right now.
This is the king of the bang for buck CPU, before, now, and for quite some more time.

Good temps, great performance, easy overclocking... what else do you need? price? cheap as hell !
Would recommend it to everyone.

I have been using the i5-2500k for about a year now and have been nothing but pleased with its performance. Right now I have it overclocked to 4.3GHz and it runs everything game I throw at it with ease. This is defiantly one of the best bang for the buck CPUs and is perfect for gamers on a budget.


Pros: Very oc able

Cons: none

Been running this for a couple years nonstop and still runs perfect. OC's to 5.2 ghz and zero signs of wear.


Pros: Pure win.

Cons: Sold it ;(

Bought mine about a month after the recall dust settled... benched it to death, sold it recently. Really wish I kept it just to keep tinkering with. Thing survived a PSU short that took out a P67-UD4-B3, hit 5.2ghz long enough for a bench to finish, tho i forget which (was a year ago). Have to get another one.

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor

Part of Intel's family of 2nd generation Intel Core computer processors, the Intel Core i5-2500K Processor delivers speed and smooth performance --whether you're uploading and editing home videos or checking your e-mail. This quad-core processor runs at 3.30 GHz and uses the LGA1155 socket. It features a 6 MB L3 cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and Virtualization Technology to improve speed and computing productivity. It's also fully unlocked for extra performance and flexibility. Built-in visual technologies, like Clear Video and InTru3D, support high-definition and Blu-ray playback.

BindingPersonal Computers
FeatureSpecs: Quad-core 33GHz, 6M Cache, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 95 watt TDP, Dual-channel DDR3 memory support, socket LGA1155
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Height4.5 inches
Length3.2 inches
Weight0.65 pounds
Width4 inches
List Price$242.43
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPC Accessory
TitleIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor
Number Of Items1
WarrantyThree year limited warranty
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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