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So what exactly does hyperthreading do? I noticed that is the only difference in the 2500k and 2600k...other the the onboard memory...so is it work the extra $100 if im a hardcore gamer?? I just dont understand what it is and how it works...thanks
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-threading

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-6.html
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HT is a mechanism that allows two process threads to run per core. Windows and other OS's will see the two threads as a logical processor and will thus be able to have the thread scheduler assign time slices to these "virtual" threads.

If you're gaming I'd recommend the 2500k over the 2600k as there ain't a game I know of that'll take advantage of HT, and in many instances the 2500k has proven to perform better in games over the 2600k, especially ones that are more CPU bound.
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If all you do with your computer is gaming, then it's not worth it. Get the i5-2500k.
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So what exactly does hyperthreading do? I noticed that is the only difference in the 2500k and 2600k...other the the onboard memory...so is it work the extra $100 if im a hardcore gamer?? I just dont understand what it is and how it works...thanks
2500K is the easy choice then. I recently went through a similar decision. Also for gaming, I found out it would be best to save my $120 and not buy an SSD but put that money towards getting a more expensive graphics card next time.
    
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HT lets you do more multi-tasking and that's about it. like mentioned above...one processor can do two things at once and because of that they call a dual core a quad core.
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HT lets you do more multi-tasking and that's about it. like mentioned above...one processor can do two things at once and because of that they call a dual core a quad core.
So my 2600k is actually an OCTO CORE?
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So my 2600k is actually an OCTO CORE?
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