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    Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    2500, 2500K, 2500S and 2500T - we make sense of them all.
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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Intel with their very annoying and confusing model numbers of CPU's and motherboards is all too much.....

    Can't be bothered

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Great review, more of this type of thing please

    On another note, good to see Intel pushing ahead with Operation Mystical Names

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    If it's getting to the point where a 4 digit number isn't enough to identify your product, then you know that they just have too many products.

    i3, i5 i7
    K suffix
    T suffix
    S suffix

    series prefix of 2 to indicate 2nd generation....

    Just how do you explain to Gran how this will help her do her online banking quicker than using a new AMD based system, or her existing pc.... I really do think that someone needs to come up with a simpler strategy for the mere mortals out there, otherwise we're back in the realms of DX2-66 vs K6 nonsensical naming conventions....
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    Used to be that the low voltage version of a chip had the same clock speed, if it runs at 2.3GHz then its clearly not a 2500 and should be named accordingly, damn you Intel.
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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Quote Originally Posted by Platinum View Post
    Used to be that the low voltage version of a chip had the same clock speed, if it runs at 2.3GHz then its clearly not a 2500 and should be named accordingly, damn you Intel.
    It does under typical load - the turbo speed is the same, it just throttles back more under heavy all core load to provide a lower TDP.

    Which is vital when you are designing a system to specifically cope with up to a certain amount of wattage heat - the extra cost in coping with a higher heat dissipation might well not be worth the small increase in performance under very heavy load, while for most of the time you have a chip that's just as fast.

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Thanks for this Hexus, this is exactly the sort of article that I came here for in the first place.

    Of course, I came for the articles, but stayed for the banter
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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    what of the hardware bug? frame rate skipping every 20s or so?

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    It does under typical load - the turbo speed is the same, it just throttles back more under heavy all core load to provide a lower TDP.

    Which is vital when you are designing a system to specifically cope with up to a certain amount of wattage heat - the extra cost in coping with a higher heat dissipation might well not be worth the small increase in performance under very heavy load, while for most of the time you have a chip that's just as fast.
    Eh?

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    i5 2500K	4/4	3.3GHz	3.7GHz	1/2/3/4 	95W	HD 3000	$216
    i5 2500 	4/4	3.3GHz	3.7GHz	1/2/3/4 	95W	HD 2000	$206
    i5 2500S	4/4	2.7GHz	3.7GHz	1/5/9/10	65W	HD 2000	$216
    i5 2500T	4/4	2.3GHz	3.3GHz	1/5/9/10	45W	HD 2000	$216

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Is there any chance to have some gaming benchmarks with a discrete card added to the review??


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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Eh?

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    i5 2500 	4/4	3.3GHz	3.7GHz	1/2/3/4 	95W	HD 2000	$206
    i5 2500S	4/4	2.7GHz	3.7GHz	1/5/9/10	65W	HD 2000	$216
    i5 2500T	4/4	2.3GHz	3.3GHz	1/5/9/10	45W	HD 2000	$216
    Sorry, was probably thinking of the S. No idea about the T model then. Seems like they want to create a third tier of products, just like how mobile versions of chips sometimes bear no resemblance to the desktop one of the same model number.

    Maybe it's just a reflection of the performance per watt, or position in market, then. If it provides the same performance as a lower numbered chip but uses far less power to do so then it's a class above.. but having that all hang on a letter at the end of the model number is unhelpful.

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Quote Originally Posted by HalloweenJack View Post
    what of the hardware bug? frame rate skipping every 20s or so?
    Yeah it can be an annoying problem for HTPC use but it's generally not much of a concern for desktop use. For anyone thinking huh? scroll down this page for an explanation.

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Yeah it can be an annoying problem for HTPC use but it's generally not much of a concern for desktop use. For anyone thinking huh? scroll down this page for an explanation.
    Use an i3 2100T for an HTPC, watched loads of stuff, never noticed it... maybe I just have squiffy eyes, but it looks absolutely fine to me.
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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    It's only for media mastered at specific frame rates, it irritates me but some people never notice it even when it's pointed out. I find it's like a reminder or something popping up on your TV, temporarily ruining immersion in the film. Maybe that software patch has been well distributed now somehow? I'm not sure where it would fit in though, at an OS or application level?

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    Not sure about the power readings of the 2500T. Running WPrime now and mine uses 35.7 watts 100% load, 18.5 watts idle (no EIST or C1E). With C1E and EIST on it uses something like 6.9 watts idle :S

    Come to think of it, is Core Temp reliable for power readings??

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    Re: Reviews - Intel vs. Intel - four Core i5 2500 chips go head-to-head

    No, software isn't remotely reliable for power readings. For example, HWMonitor claims my CPU is using more than the whole PC is pulling from the wall...

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