Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPU
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 01-03-2011
Provided by: Intel
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Test Setup


To test the new Intel i5-2500K, we will be using two different motherboards.



In order to take advantage of the on-die GPU, we will be using the ASUS P8H67-M EVO motherboard. MSI's P67A-GD65 will take care of our discrete video card testing. We will be taking a look at each of these boards in separate reviews a bit down the road, but today we want to focus squarely on the new Sandy Bridge CPU.

Test system specs consist of the following:

System 1:

Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8H67-M EVO
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-12800 2 x 2GB
BFG Tech MX 550W Modular PSU
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD
Corsair Obsidian 800D

System 2:

Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.4 GHz
MSI P67A-GD65
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-12800 2 x 2GB
Zotac AMP! Edition GTX 480
BFG Tech MX 550W Modular PSU
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD
Corsair Obsidian 800D

System 3:

Intel Core i5 661
Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-12800 2 x 2GB
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 64GB SSD
SilverStone SG05-450 SFF with 450w PSU

System 4:

Intel Core i7-940
ASUS P6X58D-E
OCZ Flex EX PC3-17000 3 x 4GB
SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
Zotac AMP! Edition GTX 480
OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD 50GB
2TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
Zalman ZM-850-HP Plus PSU
NZXT Phantom Chassis

One good thing to note is that current Socket 1156 heatsinks will work just fine on Socket 1155 - one less new item required!


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