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From what I've been reading, the 2500k and the 2600k seem to be evenly matched in terms of gaming (which is what I'm going to use my computer for). I've read about how HT seems to slow down the performance of the 2600k in gaming, and all of the benchmarks I've seen seem to qualify with the issue. My question is, how do the two perform when they are both clocked at the exact same speed and the 2600k has HT off? I'd like to know the performance difference of the caches. Also, I'm looking for a more exact number. I know it will not make much of a difference, but I'd still like to know if the difference is even 2 FPS. Thanks!

By the way, this is strictly comparing those two. The extra $100 does not mean all too much to me, but I'd rather not spend it if the differences are small enough >for me<. Please pay no attention to my sig rig.

EDIT: Renamed the thread to better reflect my question. Considering all things are equal, how much faster is the 2600k than the 2500k based solely on the cache increase? I am not asking for buying advice. Thanks!
Edited by Krossfyre - 6/22/11 at 4:54am
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Hello, I also want to upgrade my system, and I'm moving from a Core 2 Duo system, and I'm looking into the 2500k or the 2600k.

I believe the 2500k offers the same gaming performance as the 2600k for less money, from the reviews I've seen
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083

I personally would spend the hundred on the graphics or better cooling but check out the benchies its up to you.
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post #4 of 26
the 2500k is the better choice if all you are doing is gaming. put the extra $100 towards a better video card or ssd.
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

Basically it doesn't matter even remotely if you use v-sync. If you have a 120hz monitor though you may occasionally notice a 1-3FPS difference. Or if it's Crysis the 2500k will perform 1FPS better for some random reason.

My advice would be to get the 2500k for now, by the time you need eight threads for gaming your processor will be junk.
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for purely gaming = 2500k

for rendering, video editing etc = 2600k

HT does not increase the performance in gaming, however, 'apparently' it can affect performance.

Simples
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I got the 2500k so I could stay within my 1500 dollar budget with my 580 gtx. Liking it so far. Besides neweggs terrible shipping and having to hand bend metal to make the graphics card fit in the case lol.
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Go 2500k
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Quote:
Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post
for purely gaming = 2500k

for rendering, video editing etc = 2600k

HT does not increase the performance in gaming, however, 'apparently' it can affect performance.

Simples
While I agree with this mostly, I seem to recall reviews where Hyperthreading actually helped a bit in games.

That's why i'm thinking of going with the 2600k for a pure gaming machine. You never know when games will take advantage of the extra threads.
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post #10 of 26
For a hundred dollars difference or so you can't go wrong with the 2500k. Mine is at stock clock and it's doing everything I need it to do.
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