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Almost exclusively for gaming, which one should i go with? Price isnt an issue and i will be overclocking of course.

The only major difference i see is the 2mb more cache on the 2600.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 17
Gaming 2500K
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2500k if only game, 2600k if doing encoding and what not
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post #4 of 17
If it's just for gaming the 2500k is what you want. The difference between the 2500k and the 2600k is HT, a bit more cache, and slightly faster stock clock speed.
post #5 of 17
2500k, unless you had dual GPU's.
HT helps massivly with high end dual GPU's which i proved in several games on test setups between 6970 Cf and 480 Tri SLI, 470 Tri SLI and 580 SLI.
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post #6 of 17
Definitely not 2500k.... There is new evidence thanks to our members at the 7900 owners club.
The 2600/2700k's Hyperthreading improves performance in new and upcoming games.
Also i would look at a 2700k instead of a 2600k.. They overclock alot better.

Do NOT buy the 2500k. thumb.gif



BATTLEFIELD 3:
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Originally Posted by Outcasst View Post

Caspian Border, 64 Players.
Hyperthreading Disabled
P.S the dip in the middle is when I alt+tabbed out.
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Hyperthreading Enabled
Same server, same map and roughly in the same area.
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Edited by Denim-187 - 1/28/12 at 8:54pm
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post #7 of 17
2500k for gaming. It overclocks higher, on lower voltage, and runs cooler.
2600k for gaming AND rendering/encoding. It overclocks slightly less due to HT, requires more voltage because of HT, and runs hotter (all of this is SLIGHTLY more).

For gaming, 99% of the time, the 2500k and 2600k will be IDENTICAL clock-for-clock. The only difference will be in massively threaded apps (that use more than 4 cores), or when running at insane overclocks.
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post #8 of 17
Sorry guys.... the 2500k is no longer the gaming champion, not that it ever was sad-smiley-002.gif
Edited by Denim-187 - 1/28/12 at 7:13pm
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if ^ is true, looks like i'll have to pull some overtime biggrin.gif
Edited by swarm87 - 1/28/12 at 8:28pm
 
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denim-187 View Post

Definitely not 2500k.... There is new evidence thanks to our members at the 7900 owners club.
The 2600/2700k's Hyperthreading improves performance in new and upcoming games.
Also i would look at a 2700k instead of a 2600k.. They overclock alot better.
Do NOT buy the 2500k. thumb.gif

Interesting new info. Did it make a difference in his FPS? Are 2500k owners going to finally have to stop treating 2600k/2700k owners like idiots that get a kick out of over paying for equal performance? biggrin.gif
Edited by TahoeDust - 1/28/12 at 9:00pm
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