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Just ordered one of these and was curious how it's better than the 2500k or 2600, other than the OC capabilities?
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Other than the OC capabilities? the 2600k with HT on falls behind on the overclocking against the 2500k, however with the HT it allows multi threaded softwares to take advantage of those extra threads. The standard 2600 (non K) is not worth mentioning afaik it's a locked multiplier but has turbo boost and with a little bclk tinkering it can go to around 4ghz.

2600k overall is the 2500k but with HT, turn HT off and it becomes a 2500k. For pure gaming you want the 2500k and for other things like video rendering, graphics editing etc you want the 2600k.
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Originally Posted by christophermcne View Post
Just ordered one of these and was curious how it's better than the 2500k or 2600, other than the OC capabilities?
I made a thread a while back about HT on vs off on an i7 920.

SB has similar benefits.

http://www.overclock.net/general-pro...bled-real.html

You shouldn't see any real difference in games, but content creation sees very substantial improvements.
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Other than the OC capabilities? the 2600k with HT on falls behind on the overclocking against the 2500k, however with the HT it allows multi threaded softwares to take advantage of those extra threads. The standard 2600 (non K) is not worth mentioning afaik it's a locked multiplier but has turbo boost and with a little bclk tinkering it can go to around 4ghz.

2600k overall is the 2500k but with HT, turn HT off and it becomes a 2500k. For pure gaming you want the 2500k and for other things like video rendering, graphics editing etc you want the 2600k.

There's a cache difference (8MB vs 6MB L3) as well but basically the 2600K is a 2500K with HT.
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I made a thread a while back about HT on vs off on an i7 920.

SB has similar benefits.

http://www.overclock.net/general-pro...bled-real.html

You shouldn't see any real difference in games, but content creation sees very substantial improvements.

Starting to get into MPMap designing, so if 2600K will help me there I've made a good decision.
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Originally Posted by christophermcne View Post
Starting to get into MPMap designing, so if 2600K will help me there I've made a good decision.
If the map compiler uses the virtual cores then you have, big maps are a pain to compile but that should tear through them.
Not that you'd be waiting that long with the 2500K though.
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i7 2600k is so inexpesive compared to the 980 / 990x and with a relatively small performance difference between them, this HAS to be the best deal on a processor...
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Here's a thread I started on Hyperthreading on or off for photo editing and video encoding: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...enchmarks.html

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