Intel Core i5-2500K Processor with 6MB Cache, 3.30 GHz for socket LGA1155 - Unlocked - BX80623I52500K

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Amazing CPU

by James Headfield on 9/8/2011

This CPU is capable of 5.0GHz with moderate tweaking, but will reach 4.5GHz effortlessly on most P67 or Z68 motherboards. Even at stock settings, it will rip through any game at any setting. This is, along with the i7-2600k, tied for the best gaming CPU around. The only reason to get the hyperthreaded i7 over this i5 is for multimedia editing or 3D rendering. Otherwise, the two CPUs are virtually identical, apart from the minor 100MHz speed difference. The cooler that the CPU comes with is adequate for stock operation, but for overclocking, you will need after-market cooling. This CPU is a great value, and is probably the current performance per dollar king.

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Great CPU

on 3/11/2012

Great overclocking cpu

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Unlock Your Full Potential: Unlocked 2nd gen Intel Core processors enable system tuning, providing extra performance and flexibility for more complex multimedia applications and immersive gaming. The Intel Core i5 processor delivers performance automatically when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. Get improved multitasking with these quad-core processors and a stunning visual experience from the built-in visual features. These 2nd gen Intel Core processor family delivers a visibly smarter PC experience.

Improved performance, greater adaptability, and unique visual features combine for a better computing experience you can see. Whether you use the PC to be creative, play games, or for everyday tasks such as homework, these new processors make it easier for you to design, render, edit, play, and share. These 2nd gen Intel Core processors feature Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, delivering a burst of processor speed automatically when the workload demands additional performance.

So Easy, Even Your Grandma Can Do It...
Overclocking with Intel's new 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge K boxes is so easy even grandma can do it and get extra performance out of her PC from the things she needs most.

Better Together
The 6.0 Gb/s SSD meets top-of-the-line Visibly Smart performance. Pair an Intel Solid-State Drive 510 Series with the 2nd generation Intel processor and get double the storage bandwidth compared to standard hard drives and exceptional sequential read speeds for an unbelievably responsive PC experience.

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Manufacturer Intel
Mfg Part# BX80623I52500K
SKU 219367497
UPC 735858217354
UPC 14 00735858217354
Quad-core processor delivers four-way multicore processing via parallelism resulting in more efficient use of processor resources—higher processing throughput—and improved performance on the multi-threaded software of today and tomorrow
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling very high performance while also delivery power-conservation.
6 MB Intel Smart Cache is dynamically shared to each processor core, based on workload
All Core i5 processors have Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Tech Specs
Item Height: 4.5"
Item Length: 3.2"
Item Width: 4"
Item Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Cores: Quad-core 3.3GHz
Cache: 6M Cache
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Power: 95 watt TDP
Memory Support: Dual-channel DDR3
Socket: socket LGA1155
Warranty: Three year limited warranty
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