I recently purchased this chip and overclocked it to 4.5Ghz which seems to be the highest you can go and still call it Stable!! It's epic and for the money its the best by far out of the new processors coming on the market from Intel. The chip runs quite cool and has low energy consumption compared to its predecessor. Just to clarify its a quad core with 6mb "smart" cache running at 3.3 stock, be warned though if you want to overclock you must get the 2500K version NOT the standard 2500 which is locked and can't be overclocked! Even if Overclocking is not you're thing, this processor will be more than good enough running at stock speeds!
The Intel i5 2500k really is an incredible CPU. For under £170 nothing else comes close. It's impressively power efficient and runs at a very reasonable temperature. Yet more importantly its performance is staggering- a genuine tour-de-force from Intel.
To start it overclocks brilliantly- a stable 5 GHz is possible with a good air cooler, whilst 4.7 or 4.8 GHz is a perfectly achievable everyday overclock, which should avoid excessively high voltages. That said you don't even need to overclock it in order to get good performance- its architecture and IPC are both brilliant and as such it offers great performance even at stock frequencies. The turbo feature is also very useful for anyone who doesn't fancy- or really need- an overclock.
Furthermore it bulldozes through applications (AMD can't hope to match it unfortunately) and is sensationally good in games. Just google 'i5 2500k reviews' and have a look at some of the benchmarks recorded. Sensational.
I remember being shocked when the i5 2500k was first released a year ago- despite costing a fraction of the price it gave the beastly £800 Intel hexacore i7 980x a decent run for its money, even managing to surpass it in less multi-threaded applications. I couldn't believe that Intel could possibly sell a £200 CPU which could match their king-of-the-hill £800 hexacore. This concept made no economic sense. And a whole year later the i5 2500k still remains the unchallenged mid-range king. The perfect trade-off between price and performance (much more of the latter). A remarkable achievement indeed. It even fares well against Intel's newest extreme hexacores (LGA 2011) which easily cost three or four times as much. The i5 2500k isn't the fastest CPU in the market (although it isn't too far off...), yet it offers by far the best value for money.
I used around about twelve of these brilliant CPUs in 2011- I used them in every single rig I made, for myself, for friends and for family- all were centred around the black magic of the i5 2500k.
So there you have it- as 2012 commences it appears there still isn't any worthy challenger to the i5 2500k. Someone bring me a bucket- I'm going to need a whole lot more of these :DRead more ›
This CPU hits a real sweet spot in terms of price and performance!
Overclocks like a beast too, I use a fairly modest £30 Zalman aftermarket cooler on mine and I've had this CPU reach all the way up to 5ghz overclocked but A) wasn't stable long term and B) I couldn't tell much difference anyway. Now I have it at 4ghz and it seems to be stable. Say that out loud 4ghz quad core cpu. Mental!
I'll never forget when I ran a stress test utilizing 100% of all 4 cores for a period of time and as that was underway I was using the computer watching 1080p Youtube clips as well as playing lossless music files all at the same time and the computer was still 100% responsive with zero skipping in any of the audio while the stress test was running for a good hour or so. That's impressive!
So it handles very well, great for gaming too. Even at stock speeds you can run GameCube emulation and play Wind Waker at 1080p with the highest internal rendering and the game will play at full speed as if it were on a real GameCube. PS2 emulation is the same deal if you have a good graphics card.
If you want a fantastic, reputable CPU for a new PC that's received nothing but wall to wall praise - without spending an arm and a leg - *This* is the CPU to be buying!
great cpu easy to attach just that there wasn't enough cooling compound on it if you are going to buy this make sure to buy your own cooling compound and clean off the stock stuff it's very simple and everything else about it is simple installation is very easy and runs completely silently even with the side of the case off i couldn't hear the cpu fan.
At last! After all the machines and in all the years I find a processor that does justice to the software that runs on my machine!
How many times have I picked a processor with the latest this that and the other only to find it barely copes with either the OS or various software it is meant to run properly with?
This processor (running Windows 7) works like a charm. Everything is instantaneous on opening and running. I am not a games user at all but typical applications which run immediately and without error are:-
Windows 7 - Home Premium IE9/Firefox/Opera Microsoft Office 2007 Photoshop CS5 Extended Skype etc; etc;
I use a Gigabyte Gigabyte XKT-1155 Z68AP-D3 Motherboard (Rev 2.0) and has 4Gb RAM onboard and which seems to run well with this CPU. Moreover, I use a Intel 80GB SSD which has a Samsung standard SATA HDD as a secondary drive and both run smoothly and instantly (certainly with the SSD anyway). I was also surprised to notice how small the die is itself. It seems the processor will one day end up the size of a postage stamp at this rate! However, for now, it appears 25% smaller than the early Pentiums and much thinner too In fact I had an initial job trying to find the processor in the box it came in, as the stock fan takes up almost 99% of the volume, with the CPU just tucked in a little side pocket, almost unnoticeable.
I chose a 3rd party fan and didnt use the stock fan that comes with this processor, as I wanted a quiet operation in addition to speed and reliabilty. However, I use the stock fan as a case fan :o)
I've used Intel in the distant past but have used AMD until this time, either because the laptop came with it or that I was building to budget or using someone elses machine. Needless to say, I am hoping that this Intel will last me many years return and with trouble free operation but above all smooth, fast and seemless running of OS, applications and any other function it is currently providing, such as acting as the video card for my HDMI connection, for example.
Overall, this is one purchase I dont regret making and feels more an investment than some short term gain.