Intel Core i7-2600K and i5-2500K Processor Review

April 22nd, 2011 by goldfries | Viewed 7753 times

Intel Core i7-2600K and i5-2500K Processor Review

3 weeks of no articles – it’s a record for the site. :( Anyway before the month comes to a close, here’s a short review on the new Core processors.

I got tired of the usual benchmarking with numbers lay people don’t understand, and even if they understand – it’s using something benchmark that’s not applicable in their daily life.

So here, a new set of benchmarks from me. :D

Before the benchies, let’s have a look at the processors………. well, no photos. They’re processors. Here’s the link to the specification. Call me lazy if you want, seriously – visiting Intel’s website IS THE BEST for you and me. Saves me time, and you get the details straight from Intel!

- Core i7-2600K
- Core i5-2500K

Benchmarks

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Converting 16 18 megapixel RAW file (CR2 format) into JPG format.

CPU Time Taken
i7-2600K (4 core 8 threads @ 3.4ghz) 115 seconds
i5-2500K (4 core 4 threads @ 3.4ghz) 125 seconds
E2200 (2 core 2 threads @ 3.3ghz) 263 seconds

Quit some difference there. The i7 does show signs of utilizing multiple threads.

Arcsoft Media Converter 7

Converting a 1 minute 47 second video taken at 1080p 25fps from a Canon EOS 550D to H264 1280×720 (720p) video.

CPU Time Taken
i7-2600K (4 core 8 threads @ 3.4ghz) 37 seconds
i5-2500K (4 core 4 threads @ 3.4ghz) 37 seconds
E2200 (2 core 2 threads @ 3.3ghz) 106 seconds

Little to no difference here, but bear in mind I’m simulating myself as the casual user who took a 1080p video and converting it to 720p so I could have the file on my iPad. With larger videos and converting to some other format, the Core i7 will surely be faster.

Conclusion

Both are great, the Core i5 is sufficient for most people. The Core i7 is the top-notched gear – buy that one if you have a lot of money.

Sorry, no overclocking as nor temperature report. These were engineering samples + my lack of time + some issues arose during the period where the goods are with me. :) I did manage to try the i7 on i5′s heatsink and ran folding@home 24/7 and the temperatures didn’t even breach 75c even on a hot day. *Note : i have a casing with very good air flow.

Those with old processors and feeling the lack of performance – it’s a good time to upgrade!

Additional Note : Canon is not involved in this article. I happen to be a Canon user and decided to use the available software and media for benchmarking.

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