Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
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Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Performance Specification
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3.3 GHz
3.7 GHz
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Sandy Bridge
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Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Game Requirement Analysis

Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz is a performance CPU based on the 32nm, Sandy Bridge architecture.


It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.


The processor integrates relatively weak Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 3000, with 12 Execution Units, initially clocked at 850MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 95W.


Its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.


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Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 15%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 0% 47%
Borderlands 3 49% 15%
Remnant: From the Ashes 2% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 22% 11%
eFootball PES 2020 31% 11%
Marvel's Avengers 0% 47%
FIFA 20 44% 3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 11% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4% 83%
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How does my CPU compare to this? Not the GD score because it almost always overestimates or underestimates.

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i was thinking about pairing this with my msi 1050 ti gaming x 4gb so would this be a bottleneck?

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Nah you're good, no bottleneck. If you want to be sure overclock this thing its famous for being a great overclocker, just make sure you've got proper cooling.

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Should I upgrade to this if I can get it for around 100 euros?

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100eur its pretty alot considering i got for 90 eur i7 3820 but still its dicent cpu i would try getting i7 2600k if only 20-30eur more its really worth it if you cant this is going to be also nice step up but you must to OC it for sure to see benefit

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This cpu goes around 55-60Euros if youcan get 20 more euros you can get i5 3570 or even a i7 2600. Both of these are faster then the i5 if your not planing to oc it ofc :)

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Is this upgrade worth it? I could get the processor for around 100 euros.

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yes buy it

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Which is the best gpu match for this cpu?

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Radeon HD 7970

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I have gtx960 but my cpu is overclocked. however they mach perfectly.

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i think gtx 960 or hd 7970

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Go for GTX 960

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Hmm i think that this cpu can handle a gtx 970 or r9 290x without a prob, with a descent oc. :) still one hell of a chip

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with dicent OC this cpu will handle every gpu on the market just fine

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I run my 2500k stock i had it running @4.3 it does nothing for gaming

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ok

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I can confirm this.
I own a Q9650 OC@20% before.

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Really? at 4,5Ghz it made a difference with Assassins Creed Unity for me

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it will only make a difference in games that actually use a lot of cpu usage and pushes it to the limits also the video card has to be strong enough same as game is demanding enough to cause a bottleneck on cpu a bit then you would notice a difference for example if you had a 750ti and a i7 or a 750ti and a i3 you probably would never notice the difference cause the cpu definitely wont get pushed hard with your 970 you should notice on some really demanding games

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oh ok

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Would it be worth it to switch to this CPU and then overclock it? I know my i5 is enough for gaming but I just want a faster CPU and I wanna get into overclocking.

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Leave your rig as it is man. If I were you, I would only waste money on upgrading anything right now.
But if you really want to get into OC-ing, then go for a stronger CPU than this one.

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Yeah I would wait for the the skylake cpu's to come before upgrading your cpu

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Would a gtx 680 bottleneck this cpu?

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no, your cpu is strong

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i mean you gpu usagw will be 99% and cpu have breathing room. you cpu can run gtx 780ti well

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thanks

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Wow, i7-840qm, mines like 81% lower, but I score like 28% better in Nova Bench CPU! Don't figure. . . .

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guys someone please suggest me a good mobo for this cpu as id like to overclock it to 4.5.I have a h61 chip mobo right now and now i m looking to upgrade.thx

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gigapyte gaming 5 is good board for oc

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