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http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...5_2500K/6.html

http://techgage.com/print/intels_san...2600k_reviewed

Not an upgrade, definitely a downgrade, the 2500K is slower than I7 920 in most applications including gaming. If you want an upgrade you should consider 2600K but first you need a better GPU.
You're quoting synthetic benchmarks that measure the extra raw availability of more cores/threads (Hyper-threading). Check a multitude of more practical benchmarks across various sites and the Sandy Bridge will outperform it.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/15

In many games that aren't highly threaded (and there's many), even the Core i3 2x00 is sometimes faster, or right on it's tail, in gaming, and that's a dual core!

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

It does this while also yet using less power.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/21

That's before factoring in higher overclocking potential.

How does all of that make Sandy Bridge a downgrade from any quad core LGA1366 chip? It's not really worth moving to from it, no, but it's still no downgrade. It's not even a sidegrade. It's a clear upgrade.
post #12 of 15
Allow me to ignore anything that comes from anandtech.com, their 2500K surpasses the 2600K in Starcraft 2, WoW and Dragon Age. Their GPU benchmarks are even worse. According to some of their tests the GTX 470 is barely faster than a GTX 460.
Edited by Wulfgar - 6/10/11 at 10:33am
post #13 of 15
Your 920 is still good. if you want more speed, then a newer graphics card and/or an SSD is what you want
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Wulfgar View Post
Allow me to ignore anything that comes from anandtech.com, their 2500K surpasses the 2600K in Starcraft 2, WoW and Dragon Age. Their GPU benchmarks are even worse. According to some of their tests the GTX 470 is barely faster than a GTX 460.
I don't need to explain any discrepancies, but believe what you want. It's possible it's within margin of error, and I believe Hyper-threading has been known to hurt gaming performance in cases? I'm not entirely sure and found it a bit odd myself, but benchmarks are all out there if you're going to play the biased game against certain sources/websites though. A Core i5 2500K is not inferior to a Core i7 920.

I don't want to take the OP's topic offhand, so I'm not going to continue. We already established to the that it's not worthwhile to move to it because of small gains relative to cost, and their current is still (more than) a fine CPU, but the Core i7 920 is still not superior to any quad core Sandy Bridge except in maybe a few niche cases, but so is my CPU the same way versus the Core i7 920 in random niche comparisons here and there, so does that mean mine is better? No.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 6/10/11 at 11:03am
post #15 of 15
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Looks like my best move here is a new GPU as I'm really only gaming on this rig. I think I'll just end up upgrading in the HD and cooling department as well. If I can push my 920 over 4.00ghz I'll be a happy man.
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