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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.
In reality many games aren't programmed well enough to take advantage of more cores :/
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While I agree with this mostly, I seem to recall reviews where Hyperthreading actually helped a bit in games.
care to share a link??

EDIT: Here I'll provide you with a link to show HT affecting gaming http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ormance-2.html
Edited by munaim1 - 6/20/11 at 6:00pm
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Thanks for the replies so far guys, but I'm asking about the 2600k with Hyperthreading disabled and at the same speed as the 2500k. I'm wanting to know the difference the 2MB extra cache on the 2600k makes. Comparing the 2600k, with HT on, to the 2500k with it off isn't a fair comparison imo, as HT seems to hurt a lot more games than it helps. Thanks again!
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I'm getting a new rig next month for mostly gaming, and I'm going with the 2500k. Pretty much identical performance in gaming, and you can use the extra $100 for a better cooler, some fans, or some other upgrades (RAM/SSD/GPU).
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Let's assume that I've got 2 SSDs, High-End GPUs in SLI, 16 GB of High-End Ram, and water-cooling. And the motherboard I'm going to purchase is a good one (one that is reliable based off the many reviews I've read). I know the two are identical, but I'd really like to know how the cache affects performance in a direct comparison.
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post #16 of 26
Just get the 2500k and spend the 100$ on some other component, no need to go 2600k if gaming is your concern. Just to give you an idea my sig rig plays the witcher 2 at 1200p with everything on ultra at over 60 fps but ubersampling off and I am getting <20% cpu loads. Running BC2 which is a CPU heavy game (bad console port heh) I get about 50% load and occasionally just core three will go to 99% with the other 3 cores below 20%(consoles ftl).

Looks like games have a way to go before fully utilising these new cpus but definately spend the extra $ on a different component as I doubt you will notice any difference with the 2600k while gaming.
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Yea definately go with the 2500k its awesome and you will see zero difference between it and the 2600k.

and 99% of benchmarks that put the 2500k against the 2600k use stock speeds so its 3.3ghz vs 3.4ghz.........You don't get a K parts to run them at stock so most of them seem useless

They should run benchmarks with both of them at the same speed.
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According to this poll, most people (63.4%) on the OCN, got the 2500K over the 2600K.
    
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post #19 of 26
If you're going to be disabling the hyperthreading, just save the money and get a 2500k.

If you ever do any kind of encoding on a regular basis, I can't stress enough how much faster the 2600k or even just a 2600 is. I have to batch encode stuff for cable tv systems and the 2600 destroys everything else we have.
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post #20 of 26
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Nobody knows the difference between the two with the exact same clock speed and HT disabled on the 2600k? I know it will be a little, but that little may be enough for me to spend the extra $100. I do some encoding every now and then, but it isn't quite enough for me to drop down the extra $100. That little difference in FPS between the two processors would be the buying decision.
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