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with most of the reviews out

the question is will the $100 price difference justify the performance output by i7 ?

I notice i5 sometimes outperforms the i7 at stock why is that?

and reading OC3D review both at 5GHZ, i7 edge i5 slightly, but will i7 will more
"future proof" (for a lack of better word)?
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As far as real world performance, no.
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For gaming the performance difference between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k will be very minimal to non-existent. However, for everything else the i7 2600k will have the edge because of HT and the 2MB extra cache. In all honesty, with only a $100 difference between the two I would just get the i7 2600k and be satisfied with having the fastest quad-core CPU available.
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If you're going to be gaming, get the i5-2500k. There's practically no difference... in most benchmarks it's a couple fps.
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what if i use it for autocad, altium, solidworks, comsol, matlab etc? get i7?
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possibly.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by puffsNasco;11870745 
what if i use it for autocad, altium, solidworks, comsol, matlab etc? get i7?

I'm going to assume that those programs are probably coded to take advantage of HT so and i7 would be the better choice if my assumption is correct.
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i'm not too sure either since i just use them at school since my p4 at home is too fast ^_^
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Quote:
Originally Posted by puffsNasco;11870745 
what if i use it for autocad, altium, solidworks, comsol, matlab etc? get i7?
Yes, without a doubt.
I use the same suite and you will most certainly enjoy improvements.
Assuming you write parallel matlab scripts and run more than the mechanical simulations in SolidWorks.
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the programs in that list that i recognize (ACAD, Solidworks, and Matlab - haven't used matlab since college) are geared towards the professional environment. my experience has been that pricey professional software generally lags behind technology, and as such i would guess that you would see little benefit from hyperthreading. note that i'm just guessing here.
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