Originally Posted by ComradeNF
So I'm not really that experienced with PC components and stuff, but why are people so in love with this CPU? What makes it different from say, an i5-750? Is it a dual or quad core CPU?
And what does "unlocked multiplier" mean? I need a new CPU sometime soon, and I was wondering if I would see a decent performance boost switching to an i5-2500k from a Phenom II x4 965 BE. Note that my 965 BE is at stock settings, but I hear you need to overclock the i5-2500k to see its true potential.
1. Crazy ass high overclocker
2. Stupidly cool running
3. Pretty damn fast
4. The insanity gets even better on water
5. The insanity makes even a turtles eat kittens on phase
6. When on LN2, turns a hammer into a turtle with glares of awesome
^^^ Trust story too!
Also unlocked multi means that you can increase the multiplier all you want. On my chip (doesn't have an unlocked multi (lets call it UM), I am stuck at 9x, which means 450 fsb x 8 = 3.6... If I had an UM, I could have simply left my FSB speed alone (266) and increased my UM till I got to 13.5 (actually 14 because my chip doesn't have halfs).
On sandy brdige, this is important as you cannot (well you shouldn't actually) change the base clock (100). If you want hit 4.3GHz, you need to increase the multi to 43. What if you want 5.3? well that is a 53 multi. These are INSANELY high multipliers dude. Unless your chip's multi was unlocked, you couldn't really overclock at all. Messing with the base clock causes some funky stuff and can even break things.
Also SB will be about 60-80% faster than your phenom II clock for clock. I think single threaded apps they are the same though, but I have no idea.Edited by Lord Xeb - 3/17/11 at 1:08am