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May 20, 2011 8:06:41 PM


I've got a question.

The main difference between the i5 2500k and i7 2600k is the number of threads (4 vs. 8), right?

I'm deciding between these two cpus and would like to know if the extra threads of the i7 improve the computers multitasking performance.

Thanks for answers :) 

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May 20, 2011 8:13:05 PM

Pretty much that's right, yeah. The i7 has hyperthreading and the i5 doesn't. If we're talking gaming performance, the difference will be very small. But if you do a lot of video encoding or maybe renderings where you need a lot of CPU power then the i7 is very nice. Most people, even the ones who get the i7, don't need the hyperthreading.

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May 20, 2011 9:02:13 PM

The difference between the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K come down to three differences. The first is the Intel Core i7-2600k has Hyper-threading giving it support for 8 threads to run at the same time. So hyper-threading give you better support for heavy multi-tasking. The Intel Core i7-2600K also runs 100 MHz faster than the Intel Core i5-2500K. The last difference between the Intel Core i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K has to do with the computational cores for the Intel HD 3000 graphics; the Intel Core i7-2600K has 2 more Execution Cores then the Intel Core i5-2500K.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 21, 2011 3:51:32 PM

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May 21, 2011 3:52:24 PM

Thanks to both of you. Now I see that I should invest some more euros and get the i7.
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May 21, 2011 3:53:21 PM

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