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no but i thought it would be better to be unlocked than not from the previous comments. so what would be the difference without the k?? is that the way you tell a locked from unlocked??
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no but i thought it would be better to be unlocked than not from the previous comments. so what would be the difference without the k?? is that the way you tell a locked from unlocked??

Yes.

Non-K processors are not meant to be overclocked.

K processors are able and usually are purchased to overclock.

So even if you don't overclock, I'd still get the K version and that way if you want more power, crank up the multiplier.
 
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Lapped Q6600 and doesn't overclock? what? poke.gif

I would grab a i5 2500k, even if you don't overclock. Because the locked versions wont hold their value as good as enthusiasts want nothing to do with them. A year or two down the line someone would snag up a 2500k thats never been overclocked (maybe someone who upgrades 2-3 years behind current tech trend to save money). It would sell a lot faster at a much better price then a i5 2500.
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If you are considering a Core i5 2300, might as well buy the i5 2320, which runs at 3 Ghz, it's better value for money. If you don't overclock you don't need unlocked CPUs (unless you want to make some extra money when selling second hand), so if you just want something faster, go with the i5 2500. If you use software that takes advantage of 8 threads, get the i7 2600. If you can wait, get an Ivy Bridge CPU, those will be released in April.
 
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No point in buying a K if you don't overclock. K means unlocked multiplier. On Sandy Bridge pretty much all the OC'ing is done through the multiplier, no need to mess around with FSB and have to worry about your memory frequency and other things changing. It really makes me sad you don't overclock considering the forum you are on. Even Intel is calling you out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GR5_X1CfUA
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i lapped due to an uneven surface and uneven temps. i did overclock to 3.0 once but didnt reallu see the benefit for what i was doing.
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Just to clarify, older i5s did have HyperThreading. The i5 7xx had 4 physical cores and no HyperThreading. The i5 6xx however, had two cores but had HyperThreading, giving the computer 4 logical cores total. All Sandy Bridge i5s have 4 physical cores and no HyperThreading, except for the i5 2390T which is an Ultra-Low voltage spec CPU, which is the only CPU on the Sandy Bridge i5 spectrum to have two cores but four logical cores, as it has HyperThreading.

 

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