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What made SB so great was the 4.5+ clocks and low running temps. There was no need for full loops to get the most from your chip. The chip it'self was also a great price compared to what Skylake is selling for now.
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post #82 of 402
The 2500K isn't that legendary.
You can clearly see that compared to an OCed 6500 and OCed DDR4, you gain quite a few more FPS. This can be translated to higher graphics settings or higher resolution.
The 2500K isn't bad. It can still hold its own, but sticking with it does limit you if you plan to upgrade your periphiral hardware, or you encounter a game that you do wish to get better visuals from.
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post #83 of 402
2500k strongk yessir.gif


Glad I got one.
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post #84 of 402
Hmmm... I should look into upgrading to 2133MHz RAM.


O/T: The i5 2500k was definitely a jackpot of a CPU.
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Good to see the 2500k still pulling its own weight even after 5 years. I don't think I would've upgraded until Zen came out had my 2500k's motherboard not finally bit the dust.

Just not cost efficient to buy a decent Z77 board on eBay for $150 when my MSI Z97 board was $109... once I sell my 2500k, the CPU upgrade would've really only been $80, but I am lucky enough to live near a Microcenter.
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Hmmm... I should look into upgrading to 2133MHz RAM.


O/T: The i5 2500k was definitely a jackpot of a CPU.
I should probably look into that too.
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Been telling people for ages. RAM speeds matters in CPU limited games.

How long? Because Sandy Bridge had an outstanding memory controller and the fastest you could pair it with at the time was a frigging GTX 280 and games weren't that CPU demanding back then.

For some good comparison and at the same time they're at it maybe they should have tried giving us the latency numbers instead of throwing some pretty graphs at us. I'm betting that these guys didn't even bother lowering the latencies of that kit for the 1600 results.

Most of the time you're trading speed for latency so a good 1600 kit shouldn't have such a performance hit.

And for the sake of saying it out loud the kit DF tested was $230 at launch.
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The discussion on 1600MHz with tighter timings reminded me of Anandtech's scaling tests with Haswell and DDR3 memory

 

 

DDR3-2400 with a CAS latency of 9 is the best result Haswell can push out.

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Lol.
So now people are suddenly believing that RAM speed matters? Where's all those keyboard warriors who kept saying it isn't otherwise? rolleyes.gif

It has been debunked for years that higher RAM speed = better performance in games. Love to see those naysayers now.
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Quote:
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Been telling people for ages. RAM speeds matters in CPU limited games.

RAM speed matters.

If your GPU can manage to make the CPU be the bottleneck .
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Eh, I have a 2500k and 2133Mhz RAM. I guess I could run some benchmarks if people were really interested redface.gif


(ie; different RAM speeds and how they impact games)
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