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Hmmm..... is $100 more worth it for the 2600K versus 2500K? Any direct real performance tests?
2MB extra cache and hyperthreading with the 2600K

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

One review of the i5 and i7 but there are many more out there if you search the forum/google.
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Hmmm..... is $100 more worth it for the 2600K versus 2500K? Any direct real performance tests?
For multithreaded applications, expect close to twice, repeat, twice, the performance.
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Hmmm..... is $100 more worth it for the 2600K versus 2500K? Any direct real performance tests?
Depends... For gaming no, for FPU intensive things a big yes

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For multithreaded applications, expect close to twice, repeat, twice, the performance.
Not really... Expect about 50% at best, usually closer to 25%

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/16
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/17
Edited by test tube - 1/4/11 at 6:00pm
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Depends... For gaming no, for FPU intensive things a big yes
Same FPU, different number organization of pipelines and more cache.

Also, with tax, these prices are really, very, close to MSRP
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Core i5 2400 $149.99
Core i5 2500K $179.99
Core i7 2600 $249.99
Core i7 2600k $279.99

These are going to be the launch prices for SB at microcenter. Can't really provide picture proof since i don't want to risk anybody's job.
oh god, I hope that is accurate!
Me too! I just got back from MC and was told by the sales rep that the i5 2500K is originally listed for $219.99 and will probably be released for $189/$199. But I'll definitely will be happy with $179.99. I will be in front of the door this Sunday
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Micro center has amazing prices for CPUs if you pick them up in store. They use it as a trick to get you in the door. Since Microcenter is like a candyland for computer nerds its almost impossible to leave without buying other stuff. I went there to only buy my 950 for $220 and left with 2 new 120mm fans to try, a fan controller, and a new keyboard for my girlfriend... Damn them!
Haha I have the same feeling when I go in there. I try to make sure I have a purpose for going there and to make sure I get in and out as quickly as possible but I always end up picking SOMETHING up that I didn't need.

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God I love that place but man I can't help but leaving that place with something I had no intention of buying.
Just like me when I went in there to buy some CCFL's, didn't end up getting them but walked out with a Sidewinder x4 keyboard. Lol.

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You can only buy 1 CPU per person at Microcenter.



I used to work at Microcenter...they sell CPUs at a loss because they want people to buy the mobo, RAM, and other parts there...
Exactly why I bought the CPU there and everything else at Newegg. xD
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I know where I'll be Sunday morning

Any news on what SB mobos they'll have in stock?
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post #68 of 84
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For multithreaded applications, expect close to twice, repeat, twice, the performance.
HyperThreading is a weak excuse for extra performance; you'll see 20-30% extra at most, but definitely not a straight up 2x.
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HyperThreading is a weak excuse for extra performance; you'll see 20-30% extra at most, but definitely not a straight up 2x.
Without a doubt. It is,however, not a weak excuse, it is a very ingenious way to better utilize a CPU when it is waiting on a pipeline.
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All you have to do is read the reviews to determine if you want the 2500k or the 2600k. They OC the same, but differ in some apps with the 2600k obviously coming out on top. If you just want it for gaming then the 2500k would be the better choice, but for video editing and such the 2600k would be the better pick. As far as the overclocking goes, this is what Hardwarecanucks had to say:

Based on a third-party's extensive testing of 100 retail D2 stepping processors, this is how Sandy Bridge is shaping up on the overclocking front:

* Approximately 50% of CPUs can go up to 4.4~4.5 GHz
* Approximately 40% of CPUs can go up to 4.6~4.7 GHz
* Approximately 10% of CPUs can go up to 4.8~5 GHz (50+ multipliers are about 2% of this group)

So I would expect 4.5Ghz and hope for higher, but I wouldn't expect it. Even so, 4.5Ghz is nothing to scoff at and should be more than 99% of the people out there really need.
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