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I5 2500k 2 cores at 50% IDLE..? Normal?

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December 12, 2011 10:02:48 PM


I just recently purchased an i5 2500K and tested in my brothers motherboard.

It is reading two cores constantly at 50% while on idle. The other two cores are completely dead on 0.

I'm coming from a i7 960 build and i have never seen this. I heard this CPU was supposed to be better.

December 12, 2011 10:29:02 PM

my brothers i7 2600k is running at 10-15% idle.
December 12, 2011 10:44:41 PM

nvm i think its background programs.. both of our CPUs idle around 1% in safe mode.
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December 12, 2011 11:34:05 PM

Yeah, probably those background programs. My 2500k idles 1% on one core and bobs up to 5% sometimes. Although, 50% on two cores for background software still seems a bit high.
December 22, 2011 12:55:54 AM

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