Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz
  • It's a useful function all-round, but I bought the i5 for gaming—and computer games are rarely ever optimized to take advantage of hyper-threading
  • With the i5's high speeds, most computer tasks pose absolutely no problem
  • For a gamer's rig, this is absolutely one of the best choices available (and the best choice in its price-range)


    • by Patryk C
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      The Intel Core i5-2500k processor is lightning fast, versatile, and worth every penny of its price ($219). In that particular price range, the i5 may be easily considered as “top dog.” Before deciding on its purchase, I researched it thoroughly as not to waste money. General consensus was marked as positive on all levels. And now, after having used it for a little while, I can safely say that I couldn’t have made a better choice.

      There are many other options out there as far as CPU’s go, but Intel is the brand of choice (as it has always been). Therefore, the only other competition


      to the i5 (as far as I can see) is the i7; its cost a hundred dollars more. Both the i5-2500k and the more expensive i7-2600k share similar clock speeds (processing speed), making neither quicker than the other. The reason the i7 is more expensive (and so very popular) stems from its “hyper-threading” ability. It’s a useful function all-round, but I bought the i5 for gaming—and computer games are rarely ever optimized to take advantage of hyper-threading. Even when they are, the difference in performance is insignificant.

      The 2500k processor is one of the most popular choices for gaming computers, being a utility of power

      and fair price. This much, I can attest to: games run incredibly smoothly with its guidance. Something like Star Craft 2, for example, runs mainly on CPU power. Even with a powerful video card, the processor still has a job to do—sometimes more than it should. If you’re building a computer with games in mind, then this is a prime example of just the perfect CPU to go with it.

      Quantity of processes running at once directly correlates with the clock speeds of the processor (and RAM). With the i5’s high speeds, most computer tasks pose absolutely no problem. Running dozens upon dozens of browser ...

      • Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz
      windows at once? No problem. Running multiple media editors at once? Easy. Playing a few games simultaneously? Yup (although why you would do that, I have no idea).

      Coming from an AMD Athlon II X4 640, I witnessed a pretty big performance boost (the switch came with a new mother board, as well). The most affected were video games, photo editing software (Photoshop), and browser speed. The end-most of which only saw a difference with many, many windows open at once.

      It comes with its own integrated video chip, as well. While it isn’t very impressive, if you don’t have a dedicated video card, the HD 3000 of the 2500k can take care of most needs as long as those needs aren’t demanding (like high-end computer games). A mid-class dedicated video card in combination with this processor, however, makes for a duo capable of much.

      Truly, the i5 makes everyday life on the computer easier. There are no performance drops with multiple running tasks, which is perhaps the most important thing. Now, that’s not entirely the processor’s responsibility, as RAM comes into play as well; nevertheless, without each other, nothing would ever be accomplished. For a gamer’s rig, this is absolutely one of the best choices available (and the best choice in its price-range).

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