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Old 01-03-2011, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Intel's Sandy Bridge Revealed: Core i5-2500K & i7-2600K Reviewed

The long-awaited launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge is here, and we have all of the details of what to expect, what you need to "upgrade", what models will be available at launch, and of course, their prices. We're taking a look at two of the higest-end offerings, the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K - both quad-cores and both fully unlocked.

You can read our launch article and then discuss it here!
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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There is an upside, though. Because the physical size of the CPU hasn't changed, neither has the mounting holes for the CPU coolers, so all LGA1156 coolers will fit an LGA1155 no problem.
Hot damn! I know a lot of people were complaining that they have heatsinks that they really want to carry over but could not verify if this was the case.

That i5 is really something though.

If nothing else it's nice to see the memory controller on the same die as the CPU so any latency that may exist is gone.

It's late here so I had to skim through the article but I'm really looking forward to more info on this.
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Yes, the LGA1156 CPU cooler thing is nice, although it still sucks that a new motherboard needs to be purchased. It's refreshing on the AMD side that such a move never has to happen, but on the other hand, changes AMD makes to its CPUs haven't been quite as robust as changes Intel has had to make in recent launches.

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If nothing else it's nice to see the memory controller on the same die as the CPU so any latency that may exist is gone.
Yes, and that does help quite a bit. This is how I wish Clarkdale was designed, but it's easy to understand why it wasn't. It's nice to finally have one unified design though, that's for sure.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:53 AM   #4
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Gah! 4.7Ghz on water and 5+ on L2N!

It's not often that a CPU launch has me excited...
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:22 AM   #5
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I'll just leave these here.

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Both were using this cooler.
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Awesome! Just............. awesome! Thank u Tharic-Nar for the advice for waiting for Sandy Bridge!
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Curse you H55! Why did you have to look so attractive!
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Curse you H55! Why did you have to look so attractive!
Haha! Each launch is like this, you should know that ;-)

It's funny because I even look at the 980X in my PC and realize that all it would take to match performance would be to overclock the $300 2600K to around 4.2GHz. That's some good value though, right there.

Of course, the 980X still has the potential to excel at really threaded applications, but for the regular consumer, one option seems to be a little more attractive than the other.
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I figure I'd remind people of how far we've come from a purely aesthetic standpoint if nothing else.
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Look at the power consumption! Sandy Bridge, here i come!!
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Hot damn. If Rob can get 4.6Ghz, then everyone in the forums here should be able to hit 5GHz at least!

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It's funny because I even look at the 980X in my PC and realize that all it would take to match performance would be to overclock the $300 2600K to around 4.2GHz. That's some good value though, right there.

Of course, the 980X still has the potential to excel at really threaded applications, but for the regular consumer, one option seems to be a little more attractive than the other.
Ain't that the truth! Except for transcoding there just isn't enough use for those extra cores yet.

After seeing these results it was easier to decide on fobbing my 980X onto eBay and just stick with a heavily OC'd Core i7 920 until the end of this year... Folding is fun but after resolving a few technical issues I just don't have a reason to keep it around.


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I figure I'd remind people of how far we've come from a purely aesthetic standpoint if nothing else.
Hey now, I liked that Lego-theme they had going on...
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It's a Fisher Price My First Mobo!

***EDIT: The more I read about these chips, the more I want one. The price for the unlocked i5 is pretty steep so though. Time to go through my hardware tickle trunk and see what I can sell! 4.4Ghz on stock voltages and an average of 4.7-4.8 with 1.3+ volts.

*sigh* @ no i3-2100K
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Wow! It looks like Maingear/Origin PC is selling overclocked desktops running Sandy Bridge processors at 5Ghz! There must be a ton of cooling or they've gotten their hands on some choice chips.
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They can hit 5GHz with a good Air cooler and/or Water loop, they just OC that well. Luck helps, yes, but the chips can run 4.4-4.6 using the stock mini cooler.... you know, that 1inch high cooler we used to have on Pentium 2s... lol
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Ok, it's official. I'm excited.

The thing with 5Ghz is that I read you're looking at close to 1.5v and that's just too high for everyday use as far as I'm concerned. I'd say 1.4 is the most I'd go unless I was doing a quick run for HWBoints.
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