Intel Sandy Bridge i5 2500K & i7 2600K Review

By on January 3, 2011
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Same 32nm goodness, more efficient Microarchitecture

Good: Excellent performance, Great Price, Runs very cool
Bad: Requires new motherboards, Confusing name scheme
Price: AED 800 - 1200
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

This is where things get really interesting. What I am comparing the new Sandy Bridge processors with are listed in the table below.

The only comparable AMD processor we had on hand within similar price range and performance was the Phenom II X6 1075T, which isn’t great in games, but in pure computing horsepower it’s a beast at that price point.

The Core i7-2600K bests the Core i7-965EE in every benchmark, showing how far technology has come indeed, that such high-end performance is now available to the masses at a respectable price point.

Apart from 7-zip and X264, the Core 5-2500K outperforms its closest rivals, the i7-860 and X6 1075T by a healthy margin.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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