Originally Posted by revlimiter
Ah, well the CPU that I am looking for would be for gaming. So I'm assuming the quad cores such as the one I am using in my sig rig are kinda under-utilized in that regard?
I have heard the i5 2500k are good as well.. but maybe only a 20-30% increase over my Q8400.
Does AMD offer anything that competes with the 2500K?
(this is at both stock clocks.)
And, don't forget that you went from 2.66GHz to 3.33 which is .66GHz increase. (24.81% clock increase)
2500K can go from 3.3 to 4.5 easily. A 1.2GHz increase. (36.36% clock increase)
So, I may be wrong, but I would say that the 2500K would give a little more than 20-30% in OVERALL
(including encoding, gaming, etc.) performance than your C2Q Q8400 and would run with lower power consumption.
The main things that make the 2500k so great is the newer efficient architecture and the incredible overclocking ability and low power consumption.
I wouldn't call myself a fanboy. Because I would get an AMD CPU in a heartbeat if it gave me more benefit in some way. But, for now, the 2500k is the best price/performance CPU (to me).