Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155
The Intel Core i5 2500K operates at 3.30GHz and can reach as high as 3.70GHz when using Turbo Boost.It features a 6MB L3 cache and uses the HD Graphics 3000 engine
Good media-processing capabilities.
Unlocked multiplier for simplified overclocking.
Great performance, 1.2GHz overclock.
Overclocking is made easy with a P67 motherboard, 95W TDP and low CPU temperatures.
New Sandy Bridge Architecture, Blazing Fast Cache Speeds, Intel HD Graphics 3000.
New AVX Instruction Support, Improved Productivity, Intel Quick Sync.
InTru 3D, Improved Turbo Boost, Fully Unlocked (CPU and GPU).
Very fast, Improvements over previous generation, Improved integrated graphics.
Overclocks really easily with K models, Full hardware transcoding support.
GPU performance greatly improved compared to last generation.
Support for DirectX 10.1, Turbo Boost increases GPU clock.
HDMI Audio bitstreaming supported.
Does not support Hyper-Threading.
Onboard video lacks DirectX 11 support.
Requires new motherboard.
Cannot be overclocked on a H67 motherboard.
Limited GPU performance.
Drivers not as mature as the ones from ATI or NVIDIA, No support for CUDA, PhysX, OpenCL.
New chipset requirements mean you’ll need a new Socket 1155 motherboard.
Integrated graphics performance still slow compared to cheap dedicated 3D cards.
By TechSpot on January 03, 2011
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By XSReviews on August 05, 2011
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By iXBT Labs on April 25, 2011
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By goldfries.com on April 22, 2011
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By PC Mag on April 21, 2011
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By APH Networks on February 11, 2011
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