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I5 2500k vs i7 2600k?

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July 11, 2011 10:34:54 PM

My knowledge about computers is slightly limited, could someone explain me what exactly is the difference between i5 2500k and i7 2600k that makes the second worth 80€ more? (im planning to toy with overclocking too)

Regards and thanks,

mtemtko.

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July 11, 2011 10:41:02 PM

The main difference is HT or Hyperthreading, the OS will see eight cores instead of four.
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 10:42:06 PM

of course you have the 2mb of level 3 cache.
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July 11, 2011 10:43:44 PM

I'm going to use the rig for gaming, since (afaik) games dont utillize the most out of 2+ cores there is little point in getting i7 2600k?
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 11:04:53 PM

Mtemtkoo said:
I'm going to use the rig for gaming, since (afaik) games dont utillize the most out of 2+ cores there is little point in getting i7 2600k?

Yeah, if it's just going to be used for gaming now and in the future then a 2600K is pointless, the extra 2MB of level 3 cache that the 2600K has over the 2500K may help in a multi GPU setup but then again it might not.
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July 11, 2011 11:06:42 PM

Well... the i7-2600k is 100MHz faster at stock speed. :) 

Unless you are going to be using programs that can take advantage of HT, you are better off getting the i5-2500k.
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July 11, 2011 11:20:17 PM

jaguarskx said:
Well... the i7-2600k is 100MHz faster at stock speed.

100mhz does not a trouser tent make. :ange: 
a b à CPUs
July 12, 2011 6:58:33 AM

Oh my this question again... :D 

Get the 2500K, take the money you saved from the 2600K and invest in the increase of your graphics card budget. Getting a better graphics card with the 2500K than the 2600K with a less-potent GPU will last you a LOT longer, and deliver a much more powerful gaming machine from the ground up.
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