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Just want to check if I've understood things correctly. The 2600K is slightly faster than the 2500K, but if one is almost exclusively a gamer the difference is not worth the extra money?

If I'm doing very minor 3D work right now it's probably not worth the extra money, but if I plan to increase the amount of 3D work I do it's probably worth spending the extra $100 to get the 2600K, right?
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If you can afford it, just get the 2600k, they seem to overclock a tad easier from what I have seen.

If your really strapped for cash, the 2500k is still beyond beast.

For gaming only, really zero difference between the two.
    
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$100.00 Cheap
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If you look at it from the aspect of when you might be doing more serious 3D work then that may help. If you intend to do more work in, say, 6 months to a year, then grab the 2600K because it will pay for itself soon enough. Now if you will be picking up the work in a year to 2 years then stick with the 2500K and overclock when the time comes.

That's my 2 cents but maybe someone has better advice.
post #5 of 11
  • Little more cache.
Doesn't seem to do much in measurable performance
  • 100MHz
Easily achieved via overclocking.
  • Hyperthreading
Unless you need this for encoding / whatever, it's junk for gamers.
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If you can afford it, just get the 2600k, they seem to overclock a tad easier from what I have seen.

If your really strapped for cash, the 2500k is still beyond beast.

For gaming only, really zero difference between the two.
this is pretty much /thread, but yes if you think you'll get into more 3D modeling the 2600k is a very good, and relatively cheap investment. If the program you're using for the 3D stuff isnt very well threaded then you most likely won't see much benefit, if it is the 2600k is definitely the better choice. I believe core wise, taking HT into account the 2500k is roughly equal to 1.6x the 2500k. and the 1.6 is with a VERY well written multi-thread application. taking these numbers from a roommates gf having a 2600k for interior design garbage, installed her rendering program on both and that was about the most difference we ever saw. usually 1.4-1.5x better
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* Folding SMP -bigadv.
* Processes that can make use of 8 cores, e.g. encoding, rendering applications, etc.
* Multitasking.

I haven't read much about the OC claims between the two chips. I think it's minor. It's a lottery whether you get a chip that will OC above 47x with ease. My chip, for example, is completely walled at 47x. I've gone to hell and back trying to break the wall while maintaining stability. (I decided 4.7 w/minimum voltage is a good enough)
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Originally Posted by asuindasun View Post
this is pretty much /thread, but yes if you think you'll get into more 3D modeling the 2600k is a very good, and relatively cheap investment. If the program you're using for the 3D stuff isnt very well threaded then you most likely won't see much benefit, if it is the 2600k is definitely the better choice. I believe core wise, taking HT into account the 2500k is roughly equal to 1.6x the 2500k. and the 1.6 is with a VERY well written multi-thread application. taking these numbers from a roommates gf having a 2600k for interior design garbage, installed her rendering program on both and that was about the most difference we ever saw. usually 1.4-1.5x better
These are expected gains if the program supports HT.

If you use absolutely nothing with HT, it's worthless.
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post #9 of 11
$100 cheaper

if you dont need HT, its not worth it

a nice OC will help balance out the loss of not having HT if you need to run an app thats multi-threaded occasionally

thats the bottom line. they are the same chip, just binned differently and then HT is disabled/enabled
    
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Ok. All things considered, 2500K it is. Thank guys!
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