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Old 01-21-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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"Intel launched this month their new CPUs based on the "Sandy Bridge" architecture. Let's check the performance of the new Core i7-2600K (3.4 GHz) and compare it to the CPU it came to replace, the Core..."

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Old 01-21-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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Hi

I believe on page 14, the images of the physics and combined scores are flipped. You have the combined score right under the graphics score while the physics score is located at the bottom. However, the text appears to talk about the physics score and then the combined score.


I can't help but wonder if AMD's Bulldozer (Zambezi) is going to be the direct competitor for Intel's 2600K. The 2600K really seems make a strong argument for any performance user over more expensive options, while the 2500k caters to gamers. Are LGA 1336 systems worth recommending anymore?
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nice review Gabriel this just goes further to show AMD better be bringing some mighty magic to the show with their bulldozer based CPU's because so far I've seen nothing but arse spankings from Intel
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I believe on page 14, the images of the physics and combined scores are flipped. You have the combined score right under the graphics score while the physics score is located at the bottom. However, the text appears to talk about the physics score and then the combined score.
Fixed, thanks a lot for reporting this.

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I can't help but wonder if AMD's Bulldozer (Zambezi) is going to be the direct competitor for Intel's 2600K. The 2600K really seems make a strong argument for any performance user over more expensive options, while the 2500k caters to gamers. Are LGA 1336 systems worth recommending anymore?
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nice review Gabriel this just goes further to show AMD better be bringing some mighty magic to the show with their bulldozer based CPU's because so far I've seen nothing but arse spankings from Intel
Thanks, we will have to wait and see. It is being like this for several years, Intel releases a new CPU and then AMD has to play catch-up...

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Old 01-22-2011, 02:24 AM   #5
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Gabriel,

firstly, thank you for the review.

Secondly, please answer a question. How does the cooler of an overclocking-friendly CPU (for example, Core i5-2500K) compares to an ordinary CPU's cooler in terms of heat dissipation, noise, ease of installation?

And, at last, how much does the K-index CPU' cooler weights? Particularly, I would like to know, whether it is safe to move a computer case with such a cooler installed.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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Overall a decent review, but I was fairly underwhelmed by the overclocking section. Not by the results you achieved so much as the lack of description surrounding your overclocking experience with this chip. 1.5 vcore is pretty beefy, so mentioning it without the pertinent details leaves more questions then answers.

1. What cooling was used, air or water and what model?
2. Did you spend any time at all stress testing that overclock, and if you did, how long and with what stress apps?
3. What temps did you hit with that cooling while stress testing? Full load, idle, etc.
4. Open bench or in tower tested, and if in tower, what model?

Not trying to be a kill-joy here, but these details make or break an overclocking report.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:04 PM   #7
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Overall a nice review of a good product.

What bugs me a bit (of the review) is the "gaming" part...
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Gaming performance ... is dictated mainly by the video card, not by the CPU (unless you use a low-end CPU), and therefore you can save some money buying the new Core i5-2500K instead...
I think this is an understatement, to say the least.
I run a slightly overclocked Athlon64 X2 4600+ which is (supposedly) performance wise equivalent to an Athlon II X2 240. At 1680x1050, the resolution used by about 25% of all Steam users according to the latest survey, I can run Crysis at High graphics settings with a Radeon HD5770.
I'd say that even a Core i5-2500K is way overkill for the vast majority of gaming applications today.

Now for the game benchmarks: The settings used are so low (to show the effect of the CPU rather than the video card used) that they are unrealistic. It would be much better to hike the settings up until you reach frame rates so low that any further increase in the setting will degrade the gaming experience.
If that level turns out to be dictated by the video card, then you've proven that the tested CPU is overkill for gaming (which is a good thing for the consumer to know)!

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Secondly, please answer a question. How does the cooler of an overclocking-friendly CPU (for example, Core i5-2500K) compares to an ordinary CPU's cooler in terms of heat dissipation, noise, ease of installation?

And, at last, how much does the K-index CPU' cooler weights? Particularly, I would like to know, whether it is safe to move a computer case with such a cooler installed.

With respect.
The stock cooler of this CPU looks identical to the stock cooler of the socket 1156 CPUs.

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Overall a decent review, but I was fairly underwhelmed by the overclocking section. Not by the results you achieved so much as the lack of description surrounding your overclocking experience with this chip. 1.5 vcore is pretty beefy, so mentioning it without the pertinent details leaves more questions then answers.
Our website is targeted to the mainstream user. Overclocking is not our primary focus (in our previous CPU reviews we wouldn't even overclock the CPU). Therefore, for more in-depth overclocking tests, you should read reviews posted on overclocking-oriented websites.

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1. What cooling was used, air or water and what model?
The stock cooler.

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2. Did you spend any time at all stress testing that overclock, and if you did, how long and with what stress apps?
We ran Far Cry benchmark three times to consider the system stable.

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3. What temps did you hit with that cooling while stress testing? Full load, idle, etc.
We didn't measure.

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4. Open bench or in tower tested, and if in tower, what model?
Open bench.

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(...)I run a slightly overclocked Athlon64 X2 4600+ which is (supposedly) performance wise equivalent to an Athlon II X2 240. (...)
You have a low-end CPU. Because of that, the CPU will provide a bottleneck on gaming performance. The statement I posted -- that the GPU is more important than the CPU in gaming performance -- is only valid for high-end CPUs.

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You have a low-end CPU. Because of that, the CPU will provide a bottleneck on gaming performance. The statement I posted -- that the GPU is more important than the CPU in gaming performance -- is only valid for high-end CPUs.
My point was (and is) that although my low end CPU does limit the performance, it doesn't limit the experience (much) at the very normal gaming resolution I use.
Therefore it seems stupid to advice buying a $230 CPU for this use, when a $100 CPU (twice as fast as mine) will provide the same experience (with marginally lower benchmark numbers).

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Perfect, Olle. I agree with you. Sometimes the "gaming experience" gain by getting a CPU that costs the double is marginal, at best.

Thanks for clarifying,
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