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    i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    I'm looking at upgrading to SB from my i7-920 (C0 stepping).

    I can get the 2500K for $180 or the 2600K for $280 locally at a MicroCenter.

    With the OC potential of the SB parts I'm more leaning to the 2500K as it could rival the performance of the i7.

    Main use for the OC would be Handbrake transcodes, so I know that more threads helps. However, $100 savings would be nice.


    I've already played with OC the i7-920, but honestly wasn't that impressed with the ROI. Temps and voltages were a little too high for me and performance didn't increase all that much. I overclocked to about a 960 level.

    Anybody have any thoughts on the SB OC?

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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    As far as I know, the 2500K is four core only the 2600K is 4 cores hyper-threaded...


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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmettin View Post
    As far as I know, the 2500K is four core only the 2600K is 4 cores hyper-threaded...
    Yeah, I agree that the i5 is 4 cores no HT and the i7 is 4 cores with HT.

    I am also considering using the Quick Sync option for transcodes, which would lend itself towards the i5. Reviews that I have seen don't show much difference between the i5 and i7 when using Quick Sync.

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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    The 2600k is supposed to be a rather better overclocker as well.


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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    I think the real answer to that question can be put simply by asking "do I want hyperthreading or not . "
    Realy IMO 100 dollors for 100 MHZ stock speed bump and HT support is just not worth it unless your heavly into editing vids and such . So for the average user I vote for the 2500K . As far as overclocks , I am reading alot of people getting 5Ghz out of these 2500k s'
    http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...rs-club-8.html ( scroll down to see what I mean)
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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    Thanks for all the feedback.

    I think I'll go with the 2500K as the video I am transcoding is a collection of DVD rips. It will take a little while, but it's not like it's my profession where every second matters.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    no, the real answer would be two answers
    1. do you have the money for a 2600k?
    2. will you regret getting a 2500k?

    to me, the 2nd one was a deal breaker.

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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    Gotta go with the 2500, .......either way will make you happy as far as Ocing goes.
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    Re: i5-2500K or i7-2600K?

    It really depends on what you are doing with the rig. If you are gaming go with a 2500k, if you are folding/benching multi threaded applications then go 2600k.

    A 2500k, 2600k, 2700k, SB E 3930k, SB E 3960x all perform just about the same in games. I went with the 2500k and love it!

    As far as the 2500k vs 2600k overclocking debate the 2600k's ARE better binned and easier to find max multi's / overclock higher. However with that said the 2500k's are no slouches, all of them can do 4.5ghz 24/7. The majority of these chips will not do 5ghz though like someone above said <3. It is RARE to get a 5ghz 24/7 chip aka low voltage.

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