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More benchies!

I don't know why you people are over complicating this situation; some benchmarks and programs don't use HT at all. You can find hundreds of them. But many programs do use HT and extensively... especially in the media and office productivity fields.

Just because you can find one benchmark that shows no difference with HT on or off doesn't mean the feature is useless. It just means that the feature is directed towards other uses. Most major video/audio/data creation, editing, compression programs use HT very well.
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+ Rep for your patience born2bwild

In the SB reviews thread that I did, I wrote this little blurb.

If you are putting a Gaming rig together, then my advice is to go with the 2500K, since Hyper Threading does not enhance or affect gaming performance OVERALL, save the extra $100 over the 2600k, and put that towards a better GPU instead. My top recommendation would be a GTX 570, as it has the best overall Price / Performance IMO. If you prefer AMD cards, try and get a hold of a Sapphire 6950 to unlock to 6970.

If you are putting together a Video Editing Machine, do a lot of encoding, rendering, and use highly threaded programs that do take advantage of Hyper Threading, then the 2600K is an excellent choice and performer. Be sure to pair it with a GTX 470/570 minimum to take advantage of CUDA, especially if you're going to be using programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, then be sure to properly set it up properly by following this guide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-bit,2770.html

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It's really not that complicated.
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post #73 of 83
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I don't know why you people are over complicating this situation.
We're not
Or atleast that wasn't my intention

OP's question was what to buy out of the two CPUs! And I have been trying to show the differences
And at least I did the test, and not just go get them from some site

I say if OP wants the best all round pc, to get the 2600k!
But, I'm also saying that the 2500k come in very close at the same clocks!


I went 2600k because of HT

2600k better than 2500k imo
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if you have to ask if you need hyperthreading, then the 2500k is for you
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I'm getting the 2600k instead of the 2500k solely because of HT. I do a lot of scientific calculations, and they make use of multi threading a lot. I wish I could afford an i7 980X as the extra 2 cores and 4 threads will definitely speed things up a lot... lol. But for gaming and regular uses, I don't think you will notice the difference between the two, especially when you OC both of them past 4Ghz.

I'm running still running a Q6600 and actually I'm not really unhappy with its speed (will see when my i7 2600k build is finished next week!), but I need more memory and DDR2's are expensive and not worth the money.

EDIT: Btw, someone mentioned Lightroom and Photoshop above. Yes, that's where you will see HT get used a lot too. I use Lightroom to edit 12MP RAW files often, and that's one of the apps that make me want my PC to have more cores. Very frequently I see Lightroom is running all 4 cores of my Q6600 at 90+%.
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if you have to ask if you need hyperthreading, then the 2500k is for you
THis right here
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post #78 of 83
Yes the i7 is better...at stock speeds. But what about a bench comparing an i7 2600k at 3.4GHZ w/ HT with an i5 2500k at 4.8GHZn w/o HT? Also, is it really worth spending the extra 100 dollars with Ivy bridge around the corner? I'd estimate that the 2500k OC'd can do whatever 99.9% of people need to use it for.

i7 2600k, extra hundred bucks, useful if video editing/encoding is what you spend the majority of your time doing on the computer. You can spend that hundred dollars on an SSD...and improve performance of CS 5 on that front. Or hold onto that 100 dollars and wait for new cpus.
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wow way to resurrect a dead thread, not just any thread a 'vs one'.

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Haha I love my 2600k

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