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2550k on sale. Should I buy it or go with more expensive 2500k?

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March 19, 2012 10:47:15 AM

Micro center has the 2550k on sale for $150. I was planning on getting a 2500k for my new gaming build since most people recommend it. Should I go with the 2550k since I can get it cheaper then the 2500k? My concern is I've been reading the forums and I read that the 2550k doesnt overclock as well as the 2500k. Is this true?

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March 19, 2012 10:49:14 AM

ctrain24 said:
Micro center has the 2550k on sale for $150. I was planning on getting a 2500k for my new gaming build since most people recommend it. Should I go with the 2550k since I can get it cheaper then the 2500k? My concern is I've been reading the forums and I read that the 2550k doesnt overclock as well as the 2500k. Is this true?



Yes go with the 2550K, the only difference between it and the 2500k is an extra 100mhz clockspeed at stock settings making it just a tiny tiny bit better than the 2500k.
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March 19, 2012 10:58:06 AM

ctrain24 said:
My concern is I've been reading the forums and I read that the 2550k doesnt overclock as well as the 2500k. Is this true?

this is not true. go with 2550k and save your money for a gpu
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March 19, 2012 11:10:02 AM

The 2550K doesn't have the integrated graphics on the chip. Any gamer doesn't need them.
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March 19, 2012 11:11:19 AM

I really depends if you want to use integrated graphics or Intel Quick Sync.
If so, you will defiantly need to go with the 2500k as the 2550k has no IGP (and by extension no Quick Sync).
If you will never use either of these features, the 2550k is clocked higher stock, priced lower and should have similar overclocking headroom as the 2500k.
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March 19, 2012 11:12:52 AM

i would like to see some benchmarks myself . . .
who knows how it performs? who has one?

the main difference is that it has no igpu so make sure you have a graphics card (duh).
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March 19, 2012 11:14:06 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
The 2550K doesn't have the integrated graphics on the chip. Any gamer doesn't need them.

until you have to trouble shoot your discrete card . .
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March 19, 2012 11:20:19 AM

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i would like to see some benchmarks myself . . .
who knows how it performs? who has one?

As it is clocked 3% higher than a stock 2500k and uses the same architecture, it should perform about 3% better at stock :p 
That is, unless you plan to encode any video using Quick Sync...
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March 19, 2012 11:23:20 AM

outlw6669 said:
As it is clocked 3% higher than a stock 2500k and uses the same architecture, it should perform about 3% better at stock :p 
That is, unless you plan to encode any video using Quick Sync...


and we forget the "clock speed doesn't scale to performance" mantra? (regardless of architecture)
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March 19, 2012 11:26:24 AM

Thanks for the clarification guys. I think I'm gonna pick one of these up
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March 19, 2012 1:44:03 PM

I've got the 2550K. With my HTPC and Scythe Big Shuriken 2, my CPU idles at ~40c, and at load with OCCT - climbs to 65c. I think the slightly higher temps are due to my small case.
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March 19, 2012 2:07:17 PM

A 23.5% O/C on a 2500K is equal to 5% in 3DMark11. As for games, most are video card intensive and not even tuned for multiple cores.
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March 26, 2012 12:35:10 AM

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