IntelBX80623I52500K
$246
AMDFD8350FRHKBOX
 $246 

4 Cores, 4 Threads
@3.3GHz Sandy Bridge (2011)

8 Cores, 8 Threads
@4.0GHz Piledriver (2012)

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 153,965 user samples
49,931 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 53% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 1.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 53% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 98th / 985
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
104,034 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 65% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 49% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 49% Great: 65%
SPEED RANK: 206th / 985
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71.3 % Faster effective speed.
+25%
57.2 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
98.5 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+29%
76.3 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
369 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+31%
281 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
378 Pts 486 Pts Faster multi-core speed.
+29%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+40%
85.2 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
472 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+47%
321 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
475 Pts 554 Pts Faster OC multi-core speed.
+17%
Market Share
Based on 7,432,611 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.62 % 1.61 % Hugely higher market share.
+160%
Value
Value For Money
75.9 % 80 % Slightly better value.
+5%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
82 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
76 %
Price
Price (score)
$246 $119 Much cheaper.
+52%
Age
Newest
85 Months 64 Months More recent.
+25%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts More energy efficient.
+24%
125 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 8 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 32 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.3 GHz 4 GHz Faster base frequency.
+21%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 4.2 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+14%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
119 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
+29%
92.4 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
120 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
+52%
79.1 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
472 Pts Much faster quad-core int speed.
+38%
341 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
473 Pts Much faster quad-core fp speed.
+62%
292 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
473 Pts 563 Pts Faster multi-core int speed.
+19%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
475 Pts 483 Pts +2%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge (2011) Piledriver (2012)
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 AM3+
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 None
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The i5-2500K is a second generation Sandy Bridge processor which is currently two generations old and nearly three years out of date. The many users that had the good sense to purchase this processor should feel in no hurry to upgrade as it's still no slouch, even by today's standards. The benchmark figures indicate that, even at stock clock rates, in terms of real-world performance this processor is approximately 20% slower than the best currently available, not bad considering its age. Given that the 2500K has an unlocked multiplier upping its performance by 10% with stock cooling should not pose much of a problem for the majority of owners. Here is a detailed performance comparison of the 2500K vs 4670K.  [Jul '13 CPUPro]

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In terms of raw single-core performance the flagship AMD FX-8350 is lagging behind intel's processor line-up by over two generations. The PassMark Single Thread scores for the i5-2500K vs the FX-8350 are 1863 to 1520 which shows that in terms of raw per-core processing the FX-8350 is lagging the two year old i5 by 23%. Where the AMD FX makes up is on multi-core performance, with a score of 9156 vs 6745, the AMD leads the Intel 2500K by 36% making it the far more capable multi-threaded server orientated performer. The AMD is also cheaper but significantly more power hungry which counts strongly against it as a sever proposition. The FX-8350 could be a good fit for specific server use cases but for general consumer use, which is single and dual core intensive, Intel's two year old i5-2500K delivers better performance. [May '13 CPUPro]

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