I5 2500 vs i5 2500K

Hi everyone,
I'm just wondering about i5 2500 and i5 2500k.
1. If I don't overclok it, will the 2 CPUs perform the same?
2. If I buy the 2500k, I don't want to overclok it now, so can I overclock it in the future about 2-3 years later?

Thanks in advance.
Henry
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  1. Not really.
    2500k comes with a stronger integrated graphics.
    2500 supports more virtualization functions.

    but if you're gaming only, buy the 2500k, it's usually only 10 dollars more.. so you could OC it in the future
  2. thks vitornob
  3. you can only overclock on p67 and z68 motherboards, also yes you can oc in a few years if you buy a p67 or z68 board. You just need a good cooled and you can hit 4ghz+ very easily.
  4. Thks Amuffin.
    What's the cooler can I use for OC the CPU? Can you specify some?

    Please tell me more specific about the 2 CPUs (about integrated graphics and virtualization functions as vitornob mentioned above)?

    Thank you
  5. henry81 said:
    Thks Amuffin.
    What's the cooler can I use for OC the CPU? Can you specify some?

    Please tell me more specific about the 2 CPUs (about integrated graphics and virtualization functions as vitornob mentioned above)?

    Thank you

    what is your budget?

    the 2500k has intel hd 3000 graphics while the 2500 has hd 2000 graphics, however the 2500 has better virtualization (vmware I believe) and more security options. And makes companies connecting to your computer easier.
  6. My budget is about AUD1450 (I live in Australia). I'll get a Z68 motherboard, 16GB RAM, and a Asus GTX560 1GB VGA card. What do you think?
  7. henry81 said:
    My budget is about AUD1450 (I live in Australia). I'll get a Z68 motherboard, 16GB RAM, and a Asus GTX560 1GB VGA card. What do you think?

    get 8gb of ram and upgrade to a gtx 560ti. Can you list all of the parts you are buying?
  8. My parts as below:
    1. Intel CPU Core i5-2500 - LGA 1155 3.30GHz / 6MB CACHE / LGA 1155

    2. G.skill DDR3 16GB (4x4GB) PC-12800/1600 GS-F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL Value Ram

    3. Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Intel Mainboard (B3 Stepping) - LGA 1155 4x DDR3

    4. HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA3/2

    5. Asus nVidia GTX560 1GB DDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI - - DirectCU 256-bit # Engine Clock: 810 MHz, CUDA Core: 336, Shader Clock: 1620 MHz Memory Clock: 4008 MHz"

    6. Antec High Current Gamer 750W

    7. CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO CPU Cooler Socket: AM2, AM3, 775, 1155, 1156, 1366
    8. Antec TrueQuiet 120mm Case Fan with 2-Speed Switch (for HDD)

    9. Antec One Hundred (SSD 2.5" + support Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX)
  9. henry81 said:
    My parts as below:
    1. Intel CPU Core i5-2500 - LGA 1155 3.30GHz / 6MB CACHE / LGA 1155

    2. G.skill DDR3 16GB (4x4GB) PC-12800/1600 GS-F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL Value Ram

    3. Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Intel Mainboard (B3 Stepping) - LGA 1155 4x DDR3

    4. HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA3/2

    5. Asus nVidia GTX560 1GB DDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI - - DirectCU 256-bit # Engine Clock: 810 MHz, CUDA Core: 336, Shader Clock: 1620 MHz Memory Clock: 4008 MHz"

    6. Antec High Current Gamer 750W

    7. CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO CPU Cooler Socket: AM2, AM3, 775, 1155, 1156, 1366
    8. Antec TrueQuiet 120mm Case Fan with 2-Speed Switch (for HDD)

    9. Antec One Hundred (SSD 2.5" + support Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX)

    you should get the 2500k and a 560ti!
  10. PS: the budget includes monitor and all accessories.
  11. henry81 said:
    PS: the budget includes monitor and all accessories.

    dosngrade to 8gb of ram, and upgrade to a 560ti.
  12. thank you
  13. so should I use i5 2500 0r 2500k one?
  14. henry81 said:
    so should I use i5 2500 0r 2500k one?

    2500k-
  15. thank you brother!
  16. 4GB of RAM is good, 8GB would be plenty. You may also consider going with a smaller wattage PSU, 750 is big time overkill for a GTX 560 Ti. 500-550W is plenty unless you plan on SLI in the future.
  17. Here are the differences between the Intel® Core™ i5-2500 and the Intel Core i5-2500K.

    Intel Core i5-2500
    -Support for TXT (Trusted Execution Technology)
    -Support for VT-d (Virtualization with Directed I/O)
    -Intel HD 2000 Graphics

    Intel Core i5-2500K
    -Unlocked multiplier (allows overclocking)
    -Intel HD 3000 Graphics (better graphics than the HD 2000)

    Since most people have no use for the TXT or VT-d the value of the Intel Core i5-2500K is much higher.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  18. Yes, I know. But I don't know clearly about Support for TXT (Trusted Execution Technology) a\& Support for VT-d (Virtualization with Directed I/O) ?

    But performance of 2500k without OC runs the same as 2500 or not?
  19. henry81 said:
    Yes, I know. But I don't know clearly about Support for TXT (Trusted Execution Technology) a\& Support for VT-d (Virtualization with Directed I/O) ?

    But performance of 2500k without OC runs the same as 2500 or not?

    Yes, but in games the hd 3000 will do just a bit better than the hd 2000! But this doens't matter since you are getting a grpahics card. The 2500k oc'ed will destroy the 2500 not oc'ed.
  20. Support for VT-d (Virtualization) is good if you are willing to run more than one operational system on your rig. Find more about Support for TXT (Trusted Execution Technology) http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/trusted-execution-technology/trusted-execution-technology-overview.html
  21. Hi,
    What do you think I should buy VGA card for this CPU?
    - MSI nVidia GTX560 Ti Hawk 1GB; # Core Clock: 950MHz - $272; http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] ml?sort=2a

    - Or XFX ATI RADEON 6870 2GB; # GPU Clock MHz: 900 - $269; http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalo [...] ml?sort=2a

    Henry
  22. Both links are broken.
  23. I just ask if I use a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO CPU Cooler, so must I use with Thermal Paste or not? If yes, how can I build at home by myself?
  24. henry81 said:
    I just ask if I use a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO CPU Cooler, so must I use with Thermal Paste or not? If yes, how can I build at home by myself?

    the evo comes with thermal paste and a detailed guide on how to install it.
  25. I´d get XFX ATI RADEON 6870 2GB
  26. Thks
  27. I think 2500 and 2500k not only for some features as below:

    Intel Core i5-2500
    -Support for TXT (Trusted Execution Technology)
    -Support for VT-d (Virtualization with Directed I/O)
    -Intel HD 2000 Graphics

    Intel Core i5-2500K
    -Unlocked multiplier (allows overclocking)
    -Intel HD 3000 Graphics (better graphics than the HD 2000)

    Because some website they designed some CPU with i5 2500k cpu with H67 motherboard, so this is not for the reason overcloking. But maybe for some other reasons make the 2500k perform maybe better than the 2500 one.
    For example: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=401989&CatId=4910
  28. I would go for http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r695oc-gigabyte-radeon-6950-p-50393.html?sort=2a The 6950's have pretty awesome benchmark results, and many can be unlocked to be equivalent to a 6970 (including 1gb models)

    And get the 2500k, its worth the extra $$$. I've done my research (I am currently in the process of switching from AMD to Intel) and the -K version is definitely the way to go.
  29. yes, thank you.
    My friend recommended it for me as well (the ATI 6950). But the GTX 560 Ti Hawk & the ATI 6950 almost similar.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Enthusiast-Index,2674.html
  30. What do you think the minimum of PSU for CPU for CPU 2500k; 16GB RAM and the GTX 560 Ti Hawk (or ATI 6950) VGA? 650W or 700W?
  31. henry81 said:
    What do you think the minimum of PSU for CPU for CPU 2500k; 16GB RAM and the GTX 560 Ti Hawk (or ATI 6950) VGA? 650W or 700W?

    the corsair tx 750w PSU will be good enough for skiing both of them
  32. what do u think if i get an Antec 650W?
  33. Which case should I go with:

    1. Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1
    Because it has USB 3.0 and cooling fans.
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/1000-kwn1-cooler-master-storm-enforcer-1000-kwn1-p-51606.html?sort=3a

    or 2. Antec One Hundred (it has SSD bay - for the future upgrading)
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/761345-10145-antec-hundred-p-50136.html?sort=3a
  34. henry81 said:
    Which case should I go with:

    1. Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1
    Because it has USB 3.0 and cooling fans.
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/1000-kwn1-cooler-master-storm-enforcer-1000-kwn1-p-51606.html?sort=3a

    or 2. Antec One Hundred (it has SSD bay - for the future upgrading)
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/761345-10145-antec-hundred-p-50136.html?sort=3a

    storm enforcer.
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